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Say Her Name Kindle Edition
‘My book of the year so far…’ —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
In this chilling thriller from the bestselling authors of Spare Room, one woman just wants the truth about who she really is. But she’s not the only one looking…
It’s twenty years since Eva, a biracial woman, was adopted as an eight-year-old, and Cherry and Carlton ‘Sugar’ McNeil have always been the only parents she’s wanted or needed. But when she’s dealt the double blow of Cherry’s death and her own suspension from work, Eva decides it’s time to discover who she was before she was theirs.
Against Sugar’s advice, Eva joins a DNA database, desperate for a match that will unlock her identity. And when a positive hit comes, she’s excited to learn there are relations out there who might hold the key. But the closer Eva gets to uncovering her past, the more it appears someone is trying to stop her finally finding the truth…
As she continues to dig, Eva is drawn into a dark and merciless underside to society, where black women disappear without a word. Names erased from history, no search parties, no desperate pleas for their return. Once, someone tried to save Eva from all this. Someone wanted a better life for her. But now that she’s torn down the facade of her life, has she come too far to be spared again?
One of Crime Monthly’s Top 5 Killer Thrillers of April 2022
“Powerful.” —Crime Monthly
“My book of the year so far.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A heartfelt and eloquent exploration of the iniquities of racial bias.” —The Guardian
“Dreda Say Mitchell has been flying the flag for crime writing for years.” —Bernardine Evaristo, bestselling author of Girl, Woman, Other
“A truly original voice.” —Peter James, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author
“A strong dose for readers interested in watching racial prejudices play out at every possible opportunity.” —Kirkus Reviews
From the Publisher
When, after her adoptive mother passes away, twenty-eight-year-old Eva, a biracial woman, decides to go looking for the birth mother she’s never met, she has no idea what she has set in motion. Getting a match on a DNA site seems like the first step in finally discovering her identity, but the more she begins to uncover of the murky past, the more danger she finds herself in. Somehow she is tied to a secret world where black women, just like her, disappear without a trace. No one seems to be searching for them; no one seems to have noticed. Eva was once saved from all of this, but now that she knows the truth, can she walk away, abandoning those missing women and risking never finding her birth mother? Or has she gone too far to turn back now?
Say Her Name is a twisty, unputdownable thriller that will have you desperate to reach the last page. Can Eva uncover the truth in time, or will she be lost, just like all those before her?
—Victoria Oundjian, Editor
- ASIN : B09BCNXKVT
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (1 April 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 3169 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 9,189 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 March 2022
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This latest offering from the immensely talented Dreda Say Mitchell and her real life partner Ryan Carter is marketed as a thriller, but I would suggest that description is a little misleading. This is far more of a mystery drama with a strong socio-political campaigning message at its heart.
As a campaigning piece of fictional literature - focussing on the imbalanced and unsatisfactory manner in which the law enforcement agencies (and society in general) treat females of colour who disappear in suspicious circumstances - "Say Her Name" does its job well. It is eloquently written and the authors make their point very clearly.
Against that, when viewed as a piece of crime fiction, the mystery drama element of the novel does have a few shortcomings. Unusually for Dreda Say Mitchell, the narrative is a little clunky in parts and the characterisation, too, is a bit sketchy at times. This is particularly noticeable with the lead character, Eva, who, as a qualified doctor, is clearly a very intelligent individual, but who manages to come across as unbelievably naïve on a number of occasions. The authors also drop number of Americanisms into the narrative at various points, which seem strangely out of place in a book set in London and not written by an American author.
However, the most significant shortcoming is a gaping plot hole relating to the character of Danny. I won't go into greater detail here, because I always endeavour to keep my reviews as spoiler-free as possible - and this particular point relates to something that fundamentally underpins the whole plotline. It is, nonetheless, a major inconsistency and there is never any attempt by the authors to address it, let alone explain it. Perhaps they are just hoping that readers will either simply not notice, or else be prepared to take a giant leap of faith unquestioningly.
Imperfections aside this still makes for entertaining and engaging reading, but just isn't quite up there with the very best in the genre.
So I was thrilled to receive an ARC of Say her Name from the publisher.
I read it in a day.
It was a book I could not put down.
The story is very up to date and it is very believable.
Again I was grabbed from the first page.
Every character is so believable, you feel every emotion and I could not leave it until I knew what happened next.
Eva is such a lovely character who needs to find out who she is, and joins a DNA data base to get to the truth.
The writing was brilliant, keeping you reading, needing to know what she finds and where it leads.
The atmosphere is perfect keeping the tension going, making you not only wanting but needing to know the outcome.
There are twists and turns throughout, the writing is fast paced making it an exciting read.
I highly recommend this fantastic book.
Its a shame I can only give 5 stars, I would love to give it more.
This is definitely the best book I've read in the last 12 months.
Dreda and Ryan make a fantastic writing partnership and I can't wait for the next book.
From here, the story focuses on Eva getting to know her father and stepsister and her investigation to uncover the identity of her mother. The deeper she digs, the more questions she finds. Soon, she’s not sure who she can trust as forces opposed to her investigation stifle her progress, making her doubt the sense of her actions.
But she must go on, if only to find out what happened to the four missing women from 1994.
It’s a slickly plotted novel with plenty of twists and surprises to wrong foot Eva and the reader. There are also bigger issue questions about the racial attitudes in the 1990s and beyond, but these are never allowed to eclipse the main story as it weaves and twists towards an exciting climax.
While I enjoyed the story and characters, and the way the authors dealt with the racial issues, the intricate plot felt a little contrived for my liking. Otherwise, this is an intriguing an eminently readable story.
It seemed obvious to me from the start who the ‘baddie’ was, so I was uncomfortable with how gullible the main character was; but once she started to realise the truth I got over my discomfort, and my enjoyment of the book increased.
An interesting story overall, and I’m glad I read to the end.
I picked it when I saw that Lee Childs said it was his book of the year so far - I can only think he read it on the first of January.
I ploughed on, thinking surely it must improve, get interesting, become believable, but in the end gave up at around 40% - my time is currently too limited and precious to waste reading stodgy, unbelievable tosh.