My Rating ~ Five Stars
RELEASE DATE: 1 June 2021
As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Daunis dreams of studying medicine, but when her family is struck by tragedy, she puts her future on hold to care for her fragile mother.
The only bright spot is meeting Jamie, the charming new recruit on her brother Levi’s hockey team. Yet even as Daunis falls for Jamie, certain details don’t add up and she senses the dashing hockey star is hiding something. Everything comes to light when Daunis witnesses a shocking murder, thrusting her into the heart of a criminal investigation.
Reluctantly, Daunis agrees to go undercover, but secretly pursues her own investigation, tracking down the criminals with her knowledge of chemistry and traditional medicine. But the deceptions—and deaths—keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home.
Now, Daunis must learn what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known
Thank you to Bloomsbury for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!
I just…I don’t know what to say. This book was INCREDIBLE and I’m going to be thinking about it for such a long time!
Daunis is struggling with her uncle’s death, her grandmother’s stroke and decisions about where she’ll be going to college. Her brother Levi is a hockey player and when a new teammate comes to town Daunis can’t help noticing him. When someone Daunis loves is murdered, the FBI convince her to go undercover as an informant to gain information about the rising meth addictions and overdoses sweeping through her community.
A perfect mystery/thriller novel, with some of the best, most interesting and well developed characters I’ve seen in a while. I absolutely loved learning about Daunis’s traditional cultural practices, and the way she and her family wove them into their lives. I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride for 500 pages and the twists and betrayals were brilliant. I was kept guessing most of the way through. There were several hard hitting topics explored, such as addiction, sexual assault, violence against women and grief, but they were needed in this book. A fluffy narrative would have felt ignorant of the very important issues faced in the real world.
This is one I’m going to be recommending to everyone!
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