Hachette Audio. Mar. 2021. 432p. 11:34 hrs. ISBN 9781549153761. $25.98. M
Three university students in the rural Nigerian town of Okriki are attacked, beaten, and burned to death by an angry mob, for stealing from another student. The entire sequence of the murders is captured on social media, allowing easy identification of the killers. As the murder trials begin, investigative psychologist Philip Taiwo is hired by Emeka Nwamadi to discover why his son, one of the victims, was at the scene. Philip, recently returned to Lagos from teaching in the United States, is reluctant to take the case, but he is eventually convinced by his father, a friend and former classmate of Emeka’s. Cary Hite’s narration enhances the personalities and emotions of the characters in Kayode’s debut novel.
VERDICT This riveting tale about mob psychology and the political, religious, and social complexities of urban and rural Nigeria will captivate listeners. Highly recommended.
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