Julia Catch Catch de Agnebi, Côte d'Ivoire
LOVED this book! I usually don't read mysteries, because I find I just don't care about whatever it is that happened. But this was fantastic--had me thinking and hypothesizing aloud. Probably because it's more of a family secret than a murder/crime saga. I love the levels of fairy tale, too.
Futuristic storyline with familiar vignettes, the story picks up about half way through and becomes engaging even though brutal. It held my attention and my imagination. That counts for a lot.