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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224085026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224085021
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,089,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`as the story proceeds, massing in complexity, a jangling sense of panic rises off the page... The novel surges with raw emotion: guilt, love, betrayal, loss - and treachery.' -- The Daily Mail

"A perceptive first novel ... Badoe's background as a documentary film-maker has honed her observational skills, fully utilised in the dextrously rounded characterisations. Commanding... few readers will not identify with its out-of-depth heroine."
-- Barry Forshaw, The Independent

"An action-packed chiller steeped in the passions and potential darkness of childhood." -- Melissa Katsoulis, The Sunday Telegraph

"An affecting coming-of-age story, touched with macabre mystery." -- Ian Thomson, The Times Literary Supplement

"The intimacy and uncertainty of adolescence is strongly evoked, with an exile's sensual longing for the sights, smells and tastes of Africa." -- Catherine Taylor, The Guardian

"The novel surges with raw emotion: guilt, love, betrayal, loss and treachery." -- The Daily Mail

Yaba is a `Rising Star' -- Independent

`spookily menacing' -- Marie Claire

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julie Gibson on 6 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
Do not be lulled by the first few pages, this is no teen novel - this is for everyone who has ever been a teenager, or divorced, or filled hours of stark isolation staying with "true" friends. Only a staircase away from the warmth of the Aga is the attic that contains something horrid. The warm beating hearts of the public school girls are filled with malice. So... quite normal really for rural England! Yaba Badoe's words are carefully chosen and issued sparingly. Her sense of humour burns through. Her plot twists like a victim in a noose. I couldn't put it down.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Kemp on 27 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I've read in ages. It is beautifully written and the characters are clearly drawn. Yaba Badoe made it easy for me to experience the turmoil of emotions felt by the child as she built up a strong sense of foreboding in me as the tale unfolded. Her sensitive observation of all of the main characters made each one of them absolutely plausible and people that I cared about. At times I found it difficult to continue reading because I feared the consequences but I had to continue and am very glad that I did even though I was awake well into the night. Please may we have more from this very able new author?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in Dronfield on 21 May 2009
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As I spent all of my childhood in Ghana and some of my eductaion in a boarding school in UK I was intrugued to read this book. I found I could really relate to the emotions of the girls especially those whose families were far away. Yaba has done a wonderful job showing adults the world through a child's mind. The characters feel real and you can't help empathising with them all. The story shows what obsession and poor communication can do to people's lives and the final twist leaves you wanting more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maxine Clarke VINE VOICE on 25 Feb. 2011
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TRUE MURDER tells the story of Ajuba, an 11-year-old girl from Ghana whose parents' marriage is in great difficulty. She's therefore been dumped, uncomprehending, in an English boarding school. She befriends three other girls with whom she shares a dorm, and together they read 'true-murder' stories in American comics, acting out some of the cases in their games. Two detectives in the comic, Malone and Leboeuf, accompany Ajuba in her imagination, becoming substitute parents who guide her and act as her role models.
One of the girls in the dorm, Polly Venus, befriends Ajuba and invites her home at weekends and vacations to share life with her family. The Venus parents, Peter and Isobel, have an extremely brittle and volatile relationship, with Polly being very much a player in the warped dynamics that underlie the adults' superficially charming and sophisticated lifestyle. Ajuba is mainly an observer of these scenes, but they bring to her consciousness events that have happened to her mother in the past, and increase her confusion about her (rather unpleasant) father - a confusion only increased by her awareness of the supernatural, impressed upon her by her unstable mother.
At the Venus house, the girls again play their detective games, but this time they make a gruesome discovery in an old trunk in the attic. Much of the rest of the novel is set against the girls' determination to solve this crime, interrogating anyone they think might have been involved and generally making nuisances of themselves or even putting themselves in danger. What with this and the intolerable strains in the Venus family relationships, which become violent and unpredictable, it seems inevitable that disaster will strike - which it does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Adkins on 19 May 2009
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I found this novel gripping from the first to the last page. All Yaba Badoe's characters are convincing and especially impressive is her portrayal of the pre-teenage girls at boarding school, the intensity of their relationships with each other and their limited understanding of how the adult world works.
The subtle hints of what is still to come create a mood of foreboding and fear and lead one remorselessly on to the shocking end.
This is a disturbing book, full of insights into human compassion and vulnerability.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Nightingale on 15 May 2009
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This book grips you from the opening page - a dark tale of childhood obsession, it takes you into the mind of 11 year old Ajuba - transplanted from Ghana to a damp Devon boarding school. Lonely and disorientated, Ajuba's inability to separate the world of the imagination from reality escalates to a tragic climax.

I've just finished this book and was absolutely gripped - in fact I read it too fast and then went back to the beginning and read it again. The relationship between the girls is really well caught - the feverish intensity and hidden resentments of those pre-pubescent friendships really came back to me. Ajuba's confusion and longing for home also really works, and provides an interesting grounding for her overheated imagination. It's a dark and disturbing book - unafraid to tackle the cruelty of children and their incomprehension of the adult world. An impressive and intriguing debut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a lively and gratifying read telling the story of a Ghanian girl abandoned by her father to board in an English prep school. Ajuba desperately misses her mother who was sent away from the family home just before Ajuba was relocated to England. She quickly makes friends with Polly Venus, a newbie like her, and they become so close that when holidays come along Ajuba is invited to visit the family home, Greylings, with Polly. Polly is addicted to the American magazine True Murder and she soon initiates Ajuba and another girl in their dorm and they become fixated on a story from the past. But the present quickly becomes their main concern when Polly's parents argue violently and Peter, her father, threatens to leave.

I enjoyed this book. It has a flowing and lively narrative that seldom flags. The only criticism I had was the edge of supernatural feeling to much of Ajuba's thinking, and to some of the events. I'm aware that this reflects African beliefs but it felt uncomfortable to me, given the strong realism of the main part of the novel. The tragedy of the ending is horrible but entirely effective.
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