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This review is from: 419 (Hardcover)
I thought this book was good but missed its potential. It is well written, flows quite well, never boring, but this reader was left with lots of questions unanswered. The character of Nandy (might not get spelling right as I listened to the Audiobook) was introduced far too late in the novel, and after the long build-up of his story - which in itself was fascinating in terms of the history of oil exploitation in Nigeria - he is just summarily eliminated from it. He seemed to have no context in this novel, but could have been an interesting subject of another novel altogether.
Also, the long build-up of the the walk-about of the pregnant girl. What was her story? Why were we never told it?
The motivations and final state of mind of the suicidal father was also unanswered. A lengthy promising build-up, and then just having a trite one sentence explanation from his wife. "He just wanted to be a hero". The reader has invested a lot of time, energy and emotion into the story, and is left with crumbs.
Lastly, I would have liked the heroin's potential love story with the police officer to have been developed a little bit more. It seemed so promising, but we were left wondering.
Having said all this, the final scenes in Nigeria were RIVETING, CLEVER AND REWARDING. I would definitely read future books by this writer. I think he will be great one day.