Publisher: Legend Press
Genre: Speculative / Dystopian / Thriller
Broadcast live, Rosa Lincoln takes to the stage at her brother’s memorial service with a bomb concealed beneath her clothes. Being in Jimmy’s shadow was never easy, even when he was alive, but in death he has become a national hero.
When she crosses paths with the enigmatic Teresa, she discovers that those she has been taught to view as enemies may not be the real villains after all.
The lies need to be stopped, and Rosa intends on doing just that.
I was very kindly sent this book for review by the lovely Lucy at Legend Press, so thanks to the publisher for letting me part of the promotion for such an important novel.
Apart from the immediate premise, the blurb doesn't give much away of the hard-hitting story that the author reveals through her characters. I'll be sure to avoid spoilers, but I'll say that this is a contender for my top books of the year list.
We follow Rosa for the first part of the narrative, and we learn about the circumstances of her family as themes of grief and politics come into play. The story is set in a near-future where there are technological advances and societal happenings that are frighteningly close to home, and weaved so well into the novel that you become immersed in that reality without giving it a second thought. The narrative changes tack about halfway through, and from that point on, I felt it hard to put down. If you've ever watched or read the Homeland series, this is a story I urge you to pick up - it's disturbing, clever and mind-blowing in it's near-reality.
I can't say anymore without spoilers, but it's a novel that I will keep pressing into people's hands so I can talk about it. It's dark, it's troubling and it's utterly compelling. Thanks again to Legend Press for inviting me to be part of the promotion for such a stunning story. I've seen that NJ Crosskey also has another novel due out later this year, I will definitely be watching out for that.