City of Saints and Theives by Natalie C. Anderson
Genres: Young Adult
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling YA murder mystery set in Kenya.
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn't exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.
With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.
A bad ass heroine, a perfectly paced plot, a griping story line, filled with mystery and intrigue. City of Saints and Thieves is a mind racing, spine tingling, spell binding adventure! The characters in this story are so real you feel them in your heart and soul. Set in the streets of Kenya, this book is rich with controversy and diversity. If you read only one YA Book this year, COSAT needs to be the one! YA Librarians, be prepared…this book is going to be flying off the shelves!