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I haven't come across many Muti books, possibly because it's a very SA-specific topic and not many authors are brave enough to broach such a controversial topic. Monique Snyman, however, has the balls and the brilliance to do it! Muti Nation is by no means an easy read. I built a blanket fort and kept the lights on while reading, and I still got goose bumps.
The characters are well-written and likeable, but still flawed, which is essential in building a connection to them. In particular, I enjoyed the eccentric grandfather Gramps and the steadfast Det. Mosepi.
My only critique would be that I felt Howlen's story arc just kind of fizzled out and his behavior (THAT night) was a little bizarre. I felt that he truly cared for Esme and understood her world, so, despite his past, I didn't think those events fitted with his personality and Rynhardt's late entrance didn't allow me enough time to switch my allegiance. This is a small gripe, though, because Muti Nation is not a love story, and these events in no way detract from the main plot.
I can also appreciate how much research must have gone into this book. It is real and gritty and terrifying!
A creepy, spine-chilling story that highlights a very real, very disturbing problem that is too close to home.
I cannot believe how few ratings this book has considering how flippen awesome it is.
It is written fantastically and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the end. I won't lie and I say I'm not hoping for a sequel because I actually am!
Great characters, some laughs to lighten up the darkness and loads of action (some of which is dark but not too scary.)
My favourite thing about how Monique wrote this book is how she added online news and Facebook segments. It kept the book fresh because we live in a world dominated by an online social media presence and she incorporated it perfectly.
Esmé Snyders is an occult-crime investigator. She is called in to examine scenes brutality painted on the world using the blood of innocents.
She knows someone is inflicting pain and mutilating the bodies of their victims for power, but she doesn’t understand the scope of what she’s up against. She doesn’t understand that she has been targeted by the man who is using muti to become a god on Earth.
Esmé is attacked by unseen…things in her own home, but she doesn’t let that scare her away from hunting down the truth.
Her love life gets in the way of her handling things, but it doesn’t stop her from finding the answers she’s looking for.
Monique Snyman knows how to get her hands bloody, and she has no qualms finger painting her readers’ brains with her dark visions. She pulls no punches, and I love and respect her for that. After all, that’s what the horror genre is all about.
Muti Nation was a fun read, and I enjoyed it, but there were a couple things that bugged me. The main character, Esmé was referred to as an “expert” multiple times, but I didn’t feel she did any real “experting” in the book. She seems somewhat knowledgeable and capable, but that’s about all.
There were sections of the book that were nothing but news reports with social media comments and victim interviews. I personally didn’t care for them, since they weren’t directly connected to the actual story as far as something the characters were doing. The characters didn’t sit down and read the reports or anything. So, for me, it was jarring. But, if you’re going to do something like that in a book, it was done well. I consider this a personal preference issue, since others might not mind it at all.
I give this book: 4 of 5 Stars
Fans of paranormal, supernatural, thriller and suspense novels will love this novel, but even those who usually do not dive into such novels will be taken in by Monique Snyman's sharp and edgy writing, as well as her quick-tongued protagonist and relate-able characters. Adding to the appeal of this work is its setting on the continent of Africa (again, specifically South Africa) which, regrettably (and despite the day and age), there do not seem to be very many mainstream novels set in these days. I look forward to Ms Snyman's future work.
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