City of Saints and Thieves Kindle Ì City of PDF \

City of Saints and Thieves Kindle Ì City of PDF \

City of Saints and Thieves ❅ City of Saints and Thieves kindle Epub ❥ Author Natalie C. Anderson – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling 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, The Girl Saints and PDF/EPUB ´ with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl in this enthralling 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 Roland Greyhill, one of the city s most respected business leaders But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill City of PDF \ fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr Greyhill s personal study, she knows exactly who s 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 Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she s been waiting of Saints and eBook ✓ for But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she s 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 From the Hardcover edition.


About the Author: Natalie C. Anderson

Natalie C Saints and PDF/EPUB ´ Anderson is a writer and international development professional living in Boston, Massachusetts She has spent the last decade working with NGOs and the UN on refugee relief and development, mainly in Africa She was selected as the Associates of the Boston Public Library Children s Writer in Residence, where she wrote her debut novel, City of Saints and Thieves.



10 thoughts on “City of Saints and Thieves

  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    What a surprising YA mystery novel I was hooked from the very first sentence If you re going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don t exist Alright The author gives the reader rules that you must follow to become a successful street thief throughout the story I personally found they gave the story an educational touch and were used as a time off from the intense plot.Vendetta stories can be so captivating if they aren t clich s Tina wants to expose who she belie What a surprising YA mystery novel I was hooked from the very first sentence If you re going to be a thief, the first thing you need to know is that you don t exist Alright The author gives the reader rules that you must follow to become a successful street thief throughout the story I personally found they gave the story an educational touch and were used as a time off from the intense plot.Vendetta stories can be so captivating if they aren t clich s Tina wants to expose who she believes is her mother s killer to the entire planet before taking his life So far, it sounds pretty basic Except, the closer she gets to her goals, the less she understands Suddenly she isn t sure who she thought for so many years killed her mother actually did the deed Her sidekick is her childhood friend, also the son of her enemy I know what you re thinking Where s the romance Must be romance Well, no Fortunately, this really isn t a romance book Tina sometimes gets carried away, but she isn t going to sabotage her plan by sleeping with the enemy They do, however, make for interesting interactions The pacing is of the roller coaster type fast, then slow, then fast, then slow Especially the second half I don t think uneven pacing is the end of the world, but when I expect to read a thriller, I expectthrilling scenes than lethargic ones.Otherwise, this is a great, great read The characters are fresh, three dimensional and inspiring in their determination The storyline keeps you guessing and brings you to unexpected places There s diversity, so that s always a plus High recommended if you re looking for something different and with mature themes Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin


  2. Laura Laura says:

    4.5 starsupdate accidentally deleted this review, so here it is again If this is a sign of what is forthcoming in young adult fiction this year, consider me an extremely happy lady I m in A young adult contemporary standalone set in modern day Africa It is a revenge story that is also part murder mystery The main reason to pick this up is for the rich and beautiful setting It also doesn t hurt that the writing is very strong There s a great deal of diversity and the story is enthralling 4.5 starsupdate accidentally deleted this review, so here it is again If this is a sign of what is forthcoming in young adult fiction this year, consider me an extremely happy lady I m in A young adult contemporary standalone set in modern day Africa It is a revenge story that is also part murder mystery The main reason to pick this up is for the rich and beautiful setting It also doesn t hurt that the writing is very strong There s a great deal of diversity and the story is enthralling We pass a break in the houses and trees, and I catch a glimpse of the dark Indian Ocean Sangui City state on a hill, port to the world, and a fine bloody place to do business You do the dirty work down there in town, and the Ring is where you retreat. Tina and her mother are refugees from the Congo They escape to Kenya where her mom became a maid for the wealthy Greyhill family Eventually her mother is murdered leaving Tina and her sister orphans She takes her sister to live at a convent school, while Tina lives out on the streets with nothing on her mind but revenge She takes care of herself by joining the city s gang, the Goondas, and becoming a master thief She s finally ready to start her plan for vengeance against the man who killed her mom Dirt Money Blood.The plan brings her back to the very place she left five years earlier the Greyhill estate With the Goondas in on her plan, there is little wiggle room Everyone expects a payout Tina cannot mess this up But being back in the house her mother died in has emotions swirling Her past will collide with her present as she gets set on a path to find the truth and get revenge.There is so much to this story There is Tina s life as an orphaned refugee in Sangui City and the way she manages to survive The bits from the past we re slowly given that display the life Tina and her mother had as refugees in Kenya The journey into the dangerous jungles of the Congo The exploration of modern day Africa with gangs, militia, warlords, slave labor used to mine gold, and the war caused over the fights for these mines It was powerful and unlike anything I ve ever read The beauty of Africa was so clear even among the darkest places Eventually we even learn why Tina and her mother fled the Congo in the first place.Tina is everything I want out of a protagonist determined, strong, and smart I appreciated the relationships she has with her sister, Michael, and Boyboy It was interesting the way Tina s rules to live by were at the beginning of a lot of chapters and throughout the story They helped to maintain structure I could have done without the romance I know there was very little, but it still felt out of place The ending was also tied up a little too neatly for a story like this I think there s crossover appeal for adults City of Saints Thieves remained engaging throughout I m surprised this is only a debut novel This is one not to be missed


  3. Trina (Between Chapters) Trina (Between Chapters) says:

    Video review spoiler free writing was fine The characters were good I appreciated that the author seemed to have done a lot of research, having worked with refugees in Kenya and that she included information in the author s note about which parts were fictionalized and which were not, as well as including a list of resources for you to learn .The reason this is only 3 stars for me is because this is not the style of mystery I enjoy I was intrigued by the Video review spoiler free writing was fine The characters were good I appreciated that the author seemed to have done a lot of research, having worked with refugees in Kenya and that she included information in the author s note about which parts were fictionalized and which were not, as well as including a list of resources for you to learn .The reason this is only 3 stars for me is because this is not the style of mystery I enjoy I was intrigued by the summary saying it was a revenge thriller, but I didn t feel like that s what I got There is only one suspect, there is no tension or suspense, and although Tina started out wanting revenge, that angle felt dropped pretty early on This was mucha story about a girl finding out about her mother s past than a mystery It s just not my preference in terms of a thriller.Rape and sexism are very prevalent themes, and although they are relevant to the story, it was hard to swallow It s not a bad thing for a book to show those themes, it didn t romanticize them, but they also didn t seem handled with purpose beyond this is just how the world is Does it need a purpose That s up to the reader, but for me personally this did lower my enjoyment because I was not aware of how prevalent they would be Other readers might find itimpactful than I did.I did really enjoy the characters of Tina, Boyboy, and Michael As far as representation, most of the characters are black and a couple are biracial black white , one side character is gay, and it features a main character who is homeless I would recommend this if you are looking for a book set in Africa Kenya and Congo and has a strong lead character trying to understand her roots


  4. Emily May Emily May says:

    Question What is worththan diamonds and gold What is the most stable currency What thing, when stolen, becomes most dangerous and precious of all Answer a secret. What a well written, exciting thriller City of Saints Thieves is set in Kenya, where Tina a Congolese refugee is a member of the Goondas, a gang of street thieves Tina looks out for her beloved younger sister, Kiki, whilst also longing for revenge against the man she knows murdered her mother the wealthy Mr Greyh Question What is worththan diamonds and gold What is the most stable currency What thing, when stolen, becomes most dangerous and precious of all Answer a secret. What a well written, exciting thriller City of Saints Thieves is set in Kenya, where Tina a Congolese refugee is a member of the Goondas, a gang of street thieves Tina looks out for her beloved younger sister, Kiki, whilst also longing for revenge against the man she knows murdered her mother the wealthy Mr Greyhill With the help of the Goondas, Tina plots her revenge, but when she is caught trying to steal files from Mr Greyhill s computer by his son, Michael she is forced to make a deal Michael will assist her in finding out what really happened to her mother, in exchange for her holding off on unveiling the files and exposing his dad s shady antics.A diverse cast of characters find themselves digging deeper and deeper into the past a journey which will take them to a tiny village in Congo, and reveal ever darker secrets Alongside the fictional mystery that getsnail bitingly tense by the second, Anderson shines a light on some real world atrocities real tales of greed, crime, and the way women s bodies become the spoils of war.As far as I know, the author is not Kenyan or Congolese, but it definitely feels like a lot of research went into this book She presents the dark sides of both countries, but also paints them in rich, beautiful detail All of the characters are carefully developed with thought and sensitivity Tina, for example, has had to get tough to survive as long as she has, but she is also realistically flawed and driven by anger and sadness Her narrative is split into thief rules , as she educates the reader in how to be a good street thief, and reveals the story at the same time It s quite punchy and effective.City of Saints Thieves contains a vivid world that will be unfamiliar to most readers, as well as memorable characters, and an intriguing mystery Predictably, some romance does surface, but it isn t until the later chapters of the book and is kept to a minimum Recommended for those looking for a YA thriller that sits outside the norm.Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube


  5. Helen Helen says:

    City of Saints and Thieves is a fast paced murder mystery, moving between contemporary Kenya and Congo and providing a real eye opener on the Congolese Civil War and the plight of its refugees The story follows Tina who has been forced to survive on the streets and eventually recruited as a thief into a notorious gang, the Goondas, after her mother s murder Tina s burning desire for vengeance is what keeps her going and motivates her to work her way up the gang s hierarchy so that she can acce City of Saints and Thieves is a fast paced murder mystery, moving between contemporary Kenya and Congo and providing a real eye opener on the Congolese Civil War and the plight of its refugees The story follows Tina who has been forced to survive on the streets and eventually recruited as a thief into a notorious gang, the Goondas, after her mother s murder Tina s burning desire for vengeance is what keeps her going and motivates her to work her way up the gang s hierarchy so that she can access the power needed to avenge her mother s murder After breaking into the home of a wealthy businessman, she is unexpectedly reunited with Michael, her childhood friend, and both he and Boyboy, Tina s best friend from the streets, provide a stark contrast to Tina s prickly and taciturn personality The interactions between all three were great, as was the dialogue, and it was interesting that Boyboy s homosexuality seemed to be accepted by everyone they came across at face value In my experience, thrillers and murder mysteries haven t exactly been trailblazers when it comes to LGBTQ representation, so this was a nice change The story was brilliantly plotted and provided a much needed insight into a catastrophic conflict not many people in the West know enough about Apparently, the Second Congo War was the deadliest conflict since World War II, and hostilities are still ongoing in certain parts of the country The author previously worked with Congolese refugees on behalf of the UN and her emotional connection to the country really shines through in her writing Her intimate knowledge of the subject really helps to bring the descriptions and the emotional turmoil of her characters to life In many ways, my favourite part of the story was the ending It was so satisfying on every level and was exactly the sort of empowering ending I always hope for with these kind of stories, but rarely get A full five stars from me


  6. Jessica Jeffers Jessica Jeffers says:

    People are complicated creatures, my dear The ways they find of explaining the bad things that happen in the world are not always the right ones Sometimes they are simply the easy ones They are the ones that give them enough comfort to sleep at night, the ones that let them take the blame off themselvesI had two days off of work for the inauguration and I intended to spend them both reading my way into distraction, but I ended up mostly just lying on the couch unable to focus on much oPeople are complicated creatures, my dear The ways they find of explaining the bad things that happen in the world are not always the right ones Sometimes they are simply the easy ones They are the ones that give them enough comfort to sleep at night, the ones that let them take the blame off themselvesI had two days off of work for the inauguration and I intended to spend them both reading my way into distraction, but I ended up mostly just lying on the couch unable to focus on much of anything except Esquire s Parks and Rec marathon After spending Saturday marching on the National Mall, I was grateful to spend Sunday reading a book about a kickass young woman who gets to be the hero of her own story What s , I was grateful to spend Sunday reading a book that highlights atrocities in a part of the world that s often forgotten about Loosely based on real stories, this book is about Tina, who was brought to Kenya from the DRC as a refugee when she was very young Her mother procured a job with the prominent American businessman, Roland Greyhill Greyhill fathered Tina s half sister and Tina knows that he was involved in some illegal business in Congo, so she naturally suspects him when her mother is murdered when Tina is just 12.After her mother s death, Tina runs away from the Greyhill estate She sets her sister up at a convent school and spends four years becoming a master thief with a street gang known as the Goondas, essentially training for the day that she can exact revenge on the Greyhills But when that day finally arrives, Tina is jolted by the realization that the circumstances of her mother s death aren t as black and white as she d long believed Though she gets some help along the way, Tina will stop at nothing in her quest to unearth her family s history and avenge her mother s death This book has a similar flavor as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo a young woman bent on revenge, using the knowledge of hackers to advance her cause but the violence is less intense, easier to stomach And it manages to shine a light on the blood gold industry of central Africa We are probably all familiar with the concept of blood diamonds thanks to the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, but Anderson shows us the horrifying human rights violations committed by the militias seeking control of the gold trade in places like Congo and the Central African Republic Ostensibly meant for an older YA audience, this book ought to appeal to adult readers as well It s a thriller with believable, unpredictable twists and compelling, fully realized characters Natalie Anderson has done an excellent job building a story that kept me at the edge of my seat Seriously, this book comes in at around 400 pages and I managed to devour it in just under 30 hours I highly, highly recommend it


  7. Olive Fellows (abookolive) Olive Fellows (abookolive) says:

    Now THAT S how you write a YA thriller.


  8. enqi ☁️✨ enqi ☁️✨ says:

    i just picked this book up in my local bookstore and THAT COVER i m so tempted to buy it just because it s so beautiful but my wallet is crying right now


  9. Kate (GirlReading) Kate (GirlReading) says:

    I enjoyed the Kenyan setting and the fact that the author seemed to have done a lot of research into what they were writing about but for me, the thriller mystery aspect was a bit lacking I was hoping for an intense, page turning read and unfortunately that s not what I got I think a lot of people would really enjoy this but as someone who loves a thriller with a lot of tension and keeps me guessing, I was a bit disappointed That being said, it was an enjoyable read, just not the read I was h I enjoyed the Kenyan setting and the fact that the author seemed to have done a lot of research into what they were writing about but for me, the thriller mystery aspect was a bit lacking I was hoping for an intense, page turning read and unfortunately that s not what I got I think a lot of people would really enjoy this but as someone who loves a thriller with a lot of tension and keeps me guessing, I was a bit disappointed That being said, it was an enjoyable read, just not the read I was hoping for It s also worth mentioning that I m very much in a reading slump right now, so that may well have affected my overall enjoyment of this book


  10. TL TL says:

    I received a copy of this from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads Giveaway for giving me the chance to read this book This is going to sound wrong haha but, it felt like I was reading this book longer I work overnight so time kind of bleeds together and it is hard to keep track of days Sometimes when someone asks me when I m off and I say the number they ask me what day that is and I shrug and say Whatever day insert number I received a copy of this from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.Thank you to the publisher and Goodreads Giveaway for giving me the chance to read this book This is going to sound wrong haha but, it felt like I was reading this book longer I work overnight so time kind of bleeds together and it is hard to keep track of days Sometimes when someone asks me when I m off and I say the number they ask me what day that is and I shrug and say Whatever day insert number is Some of us call it the vampire shift When I looked at the dates on the review, I was pleasantly surprised pats the book fondly Got me through a couple frustrating work nights.This book pulled me in right away and I fell in love with Tina, Kiki, Boyboy, and her imperfect city right away Michael followed soon after, worming his way in without me noticing Tina had to make room haha.The pacing alternated between steady and quick and it was a bit slow in the middle but never lost my interest In fact, I was cursing my body for being not awake enough to binge read.We start out thinking one thing, along with Tina, but as the story goes on it is waycomplicated than it first appeared As layers are peeled away andthings are revealed, it became impossible for me to put the book down despite my head pounding high compliment to the author by the way I had to force myself to slow down and keep my eyes from skipping ahead so I didn t miss anything.A certain revelation wouldn t have expected thatat all It gave this particular character somethingthat had my stomach dropping and wanting Hulk to smash him under his foot And also had my heart breaking for Tina s mom and her all over again.When backstory is told regarding view spoiler Anju and Catherine, god so many emotions running through me I wanted to kick every one of those assholes in the balls at minimum The strength Anju and Catherine use used to cope after everything that was done to them and still live was. is amazing the right word Hearing Catherine s side of the story explained some of Tina s memories though hide spoiler There are certain issues discussed view spoiler rape, torture, beating hide spoiler but not in great detail still wouldn t recommend this to those below 16 I know that is the age my parents may have let me read this but YA wasn t as diverse when I was in highschool so Don t hold me to this, just my humble opinion.Loved Tina, she had a good head on her shoulders despite everything She was brave and smart when she needed to be, and would do anything to take care of her sister friends.So glad this book came across my radar, I may not have discovered it otherwise Looking forward what else Miss Anderson writes in the future.Would recommend A different sort of novel in its own way 3Happy reading


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