Street-thief Tina breaks in to the luxurious house where her mother was killed to steal from Mr. Greyhill and nail him for her mother’s murder. She is caught red-handed.Saved by Mr. Greyhill’s gorgeous son, Michael, the pair set in motion a cascade of dangerous events that lead them deeper into the mystery, and reveal dark and shocking secrets from Tina’s past.
Tina and her mother fled the Congo years ago as refugees, trading the uncertain danger of their besieged village for a new, safer life in the bustling Kenyan metropolis. The corruption and politics of the Congo, and the gangster world of Sangui City, are behind Tina’s mother’s downfall. Is Tina tough enough to find the truth and bring the killer to justice?
Review | After reading other reviews, I have realized that many people said that this book was falsely advertised as a thriller while it wasn’t one, comparing it to Gone Girl and The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. Personally, I have not read the latter but I didn’t see any resemblance with Gone Girl. I saw the mystery part but I didn’t see the thriller. It didn’t affect my judgement though because when I’ve received it through Netgalley, nothing said Gone Girl in the description and so I wasn’t expecting anything besides what was written there. I don’t exactly like reading too much about a book before actually reading it.
Anyways, now onto the book. I think I have started to develop a thing for books set in Africa. I usually visualize everything with a punch of colors and a lot of “life”. It’s the reason why I’ve picked this book right after Stay With Me. I really needed more and I felt so ignorant towards other cultures that I thought now’s the time to learn! Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate the book and as you can see from my rating, I ended up liking it! Only, not as much as I thought I would. The story is very good and it has a lot of potential. It could’ve been a lot more better if it weren’t for the pace, how predictable it was and the ending that wasn’t satisfying enough and too neat for my taste.
I really enjoyed the writing which is why I kept on reading. Although the pace was very slow for the first half of the book, it began picking up on some speed later on and that’s where the book started becoming fun. I also felt that there could’ve been loads of content removed from the book and it would’ve actually made it better. It had a few action/suspense scenes here and there that were really good but seeing the length of the book and how it went on describing things that weren’t really relevant, they weren’t enough. Moreover, thanks to the clues the author gives us, we can easily guess what’s going to come next apart from one or two things that came as a surprise. One thing I did like was how the characters were really diverse and how it tackled difficult topics such as war, experiences of refugees, corruption and so on. I loved Tina and how she was determined to avenge her mother and sacrifice everything for her little sister. She and Boyboy were definitely my favorite characters. And especially Boyboy who’s so sassy and steals the show every time he’s in a scene! One thing I did not like was the last minute romance with Tina and Michael that was added to the book. It wasn’t necessary at all!
Overall, this is a really great book with the writing and setting being its strongest qualities. If you’re looking for a book that’s an easy and enjoyable read that will keep you at the edge of your seat while still dealing with “mature” topics, this is the one for you!