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Tina and her mother are refugees from Congo. When Tina's mother started working for Mr. Greyhill they thought all their troubles were solved. But for the past four years, Tina has been living on the streets, trying to gather proof that it was Mr. Greyhill who killed her mother.
This book is marketed as the YA version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This is one of the few times I agree with the comparison. There such a well done mystery surrounding this book. Tina is 17 year old girl with only her plans for revenge fueling her.
When she gets caught in the study of Mr. Greyhill study, she gets an unwilling ally. She now has her childhood friend,Mr. Greyhill's son, helping her gather evidence to see who really killed her mother.
While I really enjoyed the mystery, it was actually the setting that won me over. This book is set in Kenya and had such a rich cast of diverse characters. We also had characters that were in different economic status, we had refugees, street kids, and the wealthy. Tina also had to journey back to Congo to gather more information on her past and her mother.
The book managed to masterfully show me a reality of life that I was very ignorant of. I completely applaud the author for delivering such an impact and thrilling book.
I give it an A.
I devour worlds with each new book. I am making up for lost time as a late bloomer of the reading world.