About The Book
It begins with a phone call. Fifteen years ago Nora Watts gave her newborn daughter up for adoption. Now Bonnie has vanished and when the police don’t seem to care, her desperate parents turn to Nora as a last resort.
Nora knows only too well what happens to missing girls, especially when they aren’t blonde or white enough. Despite herself, she sets out to find the daughter she’s never known protected only by her instincts and a freakish ability to detect truth from lies.
As she plunges into her own dark past, Nora uncovers a violent conspiracy on a grand scale that will take her from the rain-soaked streets of Vancouver to the icy mountains of the Canadian wilderness, and ultimately to a remote island where she will face her most terrifying demon. All to save a girl she wishes had never been born.
I was really excited to read this book after hearing Sheena Kamal read at the Edinburgh Noir@TheBar event.
The cover is beautiful, the burnt orange lettering really pops against the black and white background.
Nora is the main character and she’s had such a horrendous past which has shaped her into who she is today. I have to say from the start I didn’t connect with her. She really is a loner to the deepest extent. I had more emotion and connection to her little dog Whisper. I did like the bond between Whisper & Nora. It made Nora a tiny bit human. However, Nora’s consequential actions made me really annoyed and frustrated with her. For myself, I like to emotionally connect with the characters it’s very important for me.
The pace of the book was up and down for me. I felt some of the events in the book were a bit over the top and far fetched. Other times Sheena Kamal set the scene perfectly. I can liken the book to a James Bond Movie. I think the book would make a super screenplay.
As this is a debut novel Sheena Kamal did a good job and I think this is just the beginning of what she can give the world.
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About The Author
Sheena Kamal was born in the Caribbean and immigrated to Canada as a child. She holds an HBA in political science from the University of Toronto and was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. Kamal has also worked as a crime and investigative journalism researcher for the film and television industry— academic knowledge and experience that inspired this debut novel. She lives in Vancouver, Canada