A great story. I got to know the characters. Was easy to listen to without being too simple. I did not guess the ending, which is always a mark of a g..Show More »ood crime thriller for me. Narrator was very good too, with different acents. I will be looking out for this new authors next book!
I chose this book because I enjoyed a previous one narrated by Humphrey Bower. Actually, "enjoyed" is too plain a word. His vocal range, the accents h..Show More »e adopts, and his ability to portray women without sounding falsetto convinced me that I needed to listen to more of his narration. This book is interesting because it is by a South African author, set in the apartheid times of South Africa. I was intrigued by the promise of South African accents in the narration. I was not disappointed. Sometimes - every now and again - the accent would sound a little off, but Humphrey Bower still managed to get huge diversity and accuracy in the voices of Cooper and Tshabala - the protagonists - as well as being able to portray convincing Afrikaners, Englishmen and women, and tribal characters.
I found the historical insight and psychological assessment of the apartheid years accurate and interesting. As a South African myself, I thought that the human impact of the inequalities was depicted very insightfully by Malla Nunn. That said, it did not dominate the story, or overshadow the intrigue of the murder. I could not second guess "whodunnit" and enjoyed the unfolding of the story, and the development of the characters.