MYSTERY

The Ninja Daughter

Agora. (Lily Wong, Bk. 1). Nov. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9781947993693. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781947993938. THRILLER
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After her sister is raped and killed, Chinese Norwegian Lily Wong devotes herself to becoming kunoichi—a female ninja. She vows to protect women and children victims of abuse. When plans to help a Ukrainian woman and her young son flee an abusive mobbed-up husband go awry, Lily is drawn to a newspaper article about another woman in need—Mia Mikkelsen. As she investigates the man Mia has accused of trying to kill her, Lily faces a tangled web that leads back to the Ukrainian mob. Who is in danger? How does a proposed transit route fit in the picture? And why is she drawn to the mysterious and dangerous J. Tran? Eldridge’s debut thriller introduces readers to a heroine for the #MeToo era and deftly explores the dangers of Lily’s avocation, the challenges of familial relationships, and the need to continue to fight the abuse and exploitation of others.
VERDICT Readers who enjoy an action-packed adventure that doesn’t neglect character development and speaks truth about the human condition will welcome this quirky, passionate, and endearingly relatable protagonist.

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