disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher through goodreads first reads contest.
This book was a very enjoyable read. Fascinating imagery of Africa and lots of information about the discoveries made there about early man. The story had a lot of potential, but I am left wanting at the mysteries left to us. I felt the story dragged on longer than was necessary, and as a reader I was subjected to long stretches of nothing happening and the story not advancing, interspersed with very interesting pieces of plot. The author gets very repetitive and I almost felt beat over the head with this repetition....yes, I get that the main character isn't an alcoholic just because she likes a nip of whiskey.....yada, yada, yada. I also felt that the characters conversations turned into history lessons when the character had no reason to be saying those things. It was a poor attempt at letting the reader understand the time period (1962 in Kenya). Such a great premise, just poorly executed.
I didn't realize that the characters were based on factual characters until the end. That made this book even more enjoyable for me. If not more sad.