The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is probably my top read for 2020! I was carried away by the intrigue surrounding this story, the way in which the author developed her characters and the way it was paced. The settings and drama were so compelling, at times I felt a chill when reading and was absorbed by the narrative from start to finish. I absolutely recommend this novel to anyone who likes twists, a great use of descriptive language and a story that will stay with you for a long time after the closing lines.
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Two firsts for me; listening to my first audio book and discovering the writing talent of Stella Oni!
In Deadly Sacrifice, Oni creates a world of intrigue, crime and ritual sacrifice. And if that isn't thrilling enough, how about discovering traditional Nigerian customs and delving into the world of human trafficking.
The protagonist, DC Toks Ade, a British-Nigerian woman stops at nothing to unravel the truth when a child's severed hand is found and we learn that a young child has been reported missing.
I found this a chilling and well paced debut. We follow Ade's investigations and begin to learn more about her as person. The supporting characters, such as her partner and author friend, also have stories that weave into the main narrative and add the mystery.
As debuts go, I found this well written and absorbing. All of Oni's characters have depth and completely jump off the page at you. Because I listened to this on audio I had to focus, because a lot happens and I didn't want to miss a beat. I like to try to guess 'whodunnit' when I'm reading a crime novel, but this one certainly had me guessing until the end.
A highly recommended read and I'll be looking out for the follow up!
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