May 30, 2014

The Spider King's Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo | Book Review

Abike Johnson is the daughter of Olumide Johnson, a very wealthy businessman. She knows what she wants and she knows how to get it. The roadside hawker she comes across on her way back from school one day is striking enough to cause her to break one of her personal rules. She attempts to connect with him romantically despite the glaring disparity in economic status. As the tale progresses a lot of things begin to unravel.

The Spider King's Daughter is absorbing and I am pleased with Chibundu's narrative style. There was a small part of the tale I did not like, regardless, this is a good novel. Just in case it crossed your mind, this is not a children's book. It's dark, it's edgy, and Chibundu wraps up her tale in a manner you probably were not expecting. At just 21 years of age Chibundu Onuzo has done really well with this debut and I await her future offerings.

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