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Author: Natalie C. Anderson Narrator: Pascale Armand Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781524750251
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling young-adult 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 Rodolfo Grenadier, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Grenadier fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Grenadier’s personal study, she knows exactly who is 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 Grenadier estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she has been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she is 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Pascale Armand’s convincing portrait captures Tina’s many contrasts—her toughness and tenderness, duplicity and honesty, questioning and certainty…Armand depicts secondary characters just as strongly, particularly Greyhill…As Armand switches easily between both accents and personas, the story’s tension remains high…Throughout, Armand’s pacing, character dramatizations, and emotional notes never fail. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[A] solidly plotted, swiftly paced international murder mystery that’s laced with just a hint of romance…Highly recommended for teens looking for a gritty, suspenseful, immersive read driven by a tough, smart, realistic heroine.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[A] wonderfully twisted puzzle of a murder mystery.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “By setting a fast-paced crime drama with compelling characters in this fraught region, Anderson does the good service of interesting young readers in this ongoing human conflict and the tragic toll it continues to take on the people of the region.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “Deep, dark and—remarkably for the subject—quite funny at times…Pages will fly by as readers root for Tiny and her loved ones.”

    Shelf Awareness (starred review)

  • “A twisty-turny, chock-full-of-secrets, so-exciting-you-have-to-force-yourself-to-take-breaks-and-breathe kind of novel.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exposes both the very real corruption and greed of the mining industry in Congo and the women who pay the price. The novel is peppered with Swahili words and phrases, and Anderson makes an effort to paint a picture of the country. A story full of twists and turns, proving nothing is ever as black and white as it may seem.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Anderson’s dark thriller will appeal to readers who prefer their mysteries political and their stakes high and who will feel rewarded by solutions in shades of gray rather than black-and-white.”

    Horn Book

  • “A gripping journey of vengeance.”

    Us Weekly

  • “[A] linguistically beautiful murder mystery tale that will have you tearing through the pages, all along its twist and turns.”


  • “Will pull you from the very first page into a rarely seen world, violent and beautiful, where the only rule is survival and the only weapons are a young woman’s courage and love.”

    Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World

  • “A gripping tale of revenge and redemption…A perfect cocktail of suspense, action and heart.”

    Tara Sullivan, author of Golden Boy

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017
  • A Teen Vogue Pick of Best New Young Adult Books for January 2017
  • A Bustle Pick for the Best YA Books of January 2017
  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Barnes & Noble Discover Award Winner
  • Indie Next List Selection

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About the Author

Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa. She was selected as the 2014–2015 Associates of the Boston Public Library Children’s Writer-in-Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints & Thieves.

About the Narrator

Pascale Armand is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.