Sometimes, when I have been waiting for a long time to read a book, I forget what got me interested in it in the first place. That’s exactly what happened with this novel: I had so much else going on what with finals season and applications that I completely forgot about this novel. And when I got my hands on it, I found myself too lazy to check what it was about. I just dove right into the story. So let me tell you a little bit about my experience…
Muna lives in a dark, windowless cellar, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Songoli. She is a slave to the family, and is made to cook, clean, and allow the family to do whatever they want with her. She has never been outside of the home, has never learned to read or write, and has no knowledge of the English language. The Songoli family is happy to keep her this way. But everything changes when their younger son fails to come home from school. Now that the police are around investigating his disappearance, they cannot keep Muna locked up anymore. And with her new-found freedom, she may soon become their worst nightmare.
I am not easy to scare, especially when it comes to novels. I don’t get rattled easily and there are only a few times that a book has made me feel unnerved to the point where I feel like I can’t sleep at night. This was one of those novels. The story is told through Muna’s voice and although she uses simple language and sentence structure, they carry a great deal of power. The way in which this girl thinks, even with her lack of knowledge on how the outside world works, is terrifyingly fascinating; she is incredibly smart yet conceals it through this semblance of naivety. As the novel progressed, my heart rate just kept increasing and when I reached the final page, I found myself in a state of shock over how everything led up to this final point. This novel was short yet it delivered so much….even now, I am speechless. I think this novel has actually knocked Gone Girl off of its position of Best Thriller – at least, in my mind! If you haven’t checked this novel out, then please do! It is one of the best short thriller novels that I have ever read and will definitely give you a worthwhile experience!
Happy reading ~