MYSTERY

Her Name Is Knight

Thomas & Mercer: Amazon. Nov. 2021. 431p. ISBN 9781542029957. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781542029940. $15.95. SUSPENSE
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DEBUT This stunning debut features a protagonist who elicits awe and compassion. Life in N’nkakuwe, Ghana, was peaceful until the arrival of Paul, who leaves death and destruction in his wake. Aninyeh and other girls from the village are kidnapped and brought to France; Aninyeh eventually escapes her captor but discovers that life on the streets of Paris is dangerous. When she saves a wealthy businesswoman (Delphine Knight) from muggers, Aninyeh is invited to join Delphine’s family in London. Despite her new security, Nena (as she now calls herself) is always afraid. Soon she channels her pain into fighting and gets involved with an international pan-Africanist organization called the Tribe. Nena, given the operative name Echo, becomes the Tribe’s best assassin. When Echo is assigned to kill a public prosecutor, she questions her orders for the first time, and her misgivings increase when she feels an irresistible pull to the man and his daughter. Then she encounters one of the men responsible for the genocide in her village and starts down a path that will have devastating consequences.
VERDICT Angoe deftly balances action, interpersonal relationships, issues of trauma, and profound human questions in an unforgettable novel.
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