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The Headhunter's Daughter: A Mystery (Belgian Congo Mystery) Paperback – January 25, 2011
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Where WIFE flowed seamlessly between details of colonial Africa and the story DAUGHTER is disjointed and many plot elements seemed contrived simply for the sake of highlighting an interesting historical or cultural fact. Several of the characters seemed to have distinct personality changes in the second book, e.g. the OP. And I'm pretty sure there are inconsistencies between the two books (I have no desire to recreate the timelines in detail). Even glossing over the details the plot is much flimsier and doesn't really build to an interesting conclusion. Finally, as mentioned earlier, I really enjoyed the factoids at the beginning of each chapter in WIFE, and these were not included in DAUGHTER (at least in the Kindle version).
Although I feel this book was half-baked at best, there is still a fair amount of interesting details about colonial Africa. If you're intrigued by the premise and haven't read WIFE, I would start there. If you really liked WIFE, there's a good chance you'll at least enjoy this book -- just don't read them back to back.
In THE HEADHUNTER'S DAUGHTER, Tamar Myers delves deeper into unique cast of characters first introduced in THE WITCH DOCTOR'S WIFE. The author takes the reader deep into the ethos of pre-independence Belgian Congo and the racial, economic, religious and social tensions beneath the surface of daily life. The mystery keeps a reader guessing. Even as one follows the trail of clues to solution, the intricacy of the mystery and the discoveries along the way leaves a sense of satisfaction once revealed. THE HEADHUNTER'S DAUGHTER is so much more than a clever mystery. The author's insights into the culture add both depth and humor. The author's poetic prose is a delight to read. The cast of character's is delightful from the refreshingly innocent but insightful Amanda Brown to the more conniving Cripple.
THE HEADHUNTER'S DAUGHTER is best read after having read the previous book, THE WITCH DOCTOR'S WIFE.Read more ›
In 1945 an infant was left out by the gravel pits as a result of a botched kidnapping plot. The baby girl is found by a young Bashilele tribesman on his quest to claim the head of an enemy. The young boy takes the baby back to his tribe where she is raised as a member of his family-- even though her pale skin, straw-like hair and strange blue eyes mark her as being very different from the rest.
Thirteen years later, young missionary Amanda Brown hears the stories of a white girl living among the Bashilele headhunters. She enlists the help of the local police chief, Captain Pierre Jardin, and brings along the witch doctor's wife, Cripple, to act as translator. They find the young girl (now called "Ugly Eyes") and bring her back to the Missionary Rest House and "civilization". But the young white girl no longer belongs in Amanda Brown's world, and the secrets surrounding her birth and disappearance prove to be very deadly indeed.
Author Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Congo, so this is very familiar territory to her. (When reading the book, don't skip The Author Answers Some of Your Questions section at the end of the book where Myers talks about her life in Africa.)
The plot is well-paced and the mystery very intriguing. I didn't figure out the mastermind behind everything and did an "of course!" eye roll at the reveal.
Amanda is a good blend of strength and naivete. She truly wants to do the right thing even if that right thing doesn't coincide with what her judgmental elders believe-- and she has the delightful habit of speaking her mind before she can stop herself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting plot line, good character development, fabulous setting, and authentic. It is hard to believe the skilled author of these riveting Belgian Congo stories is the same... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elisabeth Kilmer
Good story, interesting to read about that part of the world.
Seemed a little choppy the way it was written but not badly
Have not finished it as it seems to drag. Not as interesting as the Headhunter's Wife.Published 17 months ago by bb
I picked this novel because it sounded different.....and boy, am I glad I did! It is an unusual story, told in an unusual way, about a very unusual young lady (the headhunter's... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is thoroughly enjoyable and deserves 5 stars for the sheer pleasure of reading it but I'm giving it 4 stars because I found the multiple story lines to be too busy and... Read morePublished on May 3, 2014 by Lucy Ballard
I was just going to read a few pages! The characters, history, and story were fascinating. Tamar Myers' writing always keeps me engaged.Published on April 25, 2014 by Jan Wall
Characters were not fleshed out enough to make book really satisfying. Concept was good, setting was interesting, various challenges addressed, but so much glossed over. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by Nancy Kirwan
I thoroughly enjoyed these books!!!! The author's personal experience is evident in her details about the people and the culture.Published on January 8, 2014 by Amazon Customer