I read this novel in about two days. Part-way through I erred by looking at the author photo on the back. Then I suffered for a few pages, thinking, how can this white man possibly know what he’s talking about? This was an egregious error in reading, an insulting refusal to take the work on its own terms. I snapped out of it and finished the book, though it was so suspenseful toward the end that I was skimming. Okay. A gripping story, told in alternating first-person viewpoints from two women, one a refugee, one a privileged insider, whose lives connect in a dark way. Very good read.
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