City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Expected publication: July 6th, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
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?
The only thing that comes to mind after finishing this book is “WOW, what the freaking hell.”. I had no idea I got so tense reading this and I am now completely exhausted. This was such an excellent, thrilling and emotionally tense ride!
The book is told in a very unique way – each chapter being a rule for becoming a good thief -, it’s set in Kenya and it develops around Tina. She is a refugee from Congo, a thief, and a gang member. Everything about her made me want to know more and more. She was a really exciting character and I really cared about her.
Tina suffered a lot in her life and for 5 years she has been planning to revenge her mother’s death. She joined a gang called Goondas, where she has been developing and perfecting her plan to kill the person, who she knows killed her – a very rich and powerful Mr. Greyhill. But the story has much more to it than she thinks, and when nothing goes according to plan, and she is caught stealing files from his computer by Michael (Mr. Greyhill’s son). After that she is forced to make a deal with him – he will help her find out what really happen to her mother and in exchange, she doesn’t expose the illegal files on his dad’s computer.
I never read any book set in Kenya, and I can’t really say I know much about it, or Congo, for that matter. But this book describes them beautifully. It’s very easy to visualize and it seemed to me very realistic. We see the darkest parts of Congo, more exactly a tiny village in it, where she lived as a child. Tina, Michael, and Boyboy go there, in order to unravel the past and find the truth. But is she ready for that?
I really enjoyed Tina. She was completely consumed by revenge and sadness and it was really interesting to see it slowly change and find reason. I loved how she cared about her family – her sister – and how strong she was. The rest of the characters in this book were as compelling as her. They had a soul, and I loved to read about each of them.
Driven by friendship, revenge, love, greed… all the characters were very well characterized and it turned into an amazing mystery that was impossible to figure out. That was paired with the darkest part of reality.
It was an extremely well-written thriller, gripping and exhilarating! This book has everything – complex and interesting characters, beautiful writing, it’s fast-paced with an intense mystery and featuring countries not seen in many books. I would definitely recommend this book!
Have you read this book? What are you waiting for?
What was the last book you read that was set in a country you knew nothing about? What did you think of this one? Let’s discuss it in the comments!