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Housegirl by Michael Donkor
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Belinda is the lead protagonist of this novel that never really hits a higher gear. It’s like being in a car riding on a flat land and never shifting out of first gear. There are no scary turns, no dangerous hills, no steep climbs, just miles of flat terrain. The novel just moves along telling Belinda’s story as a house girl in Ghana who gets sent to London, not as a house girl but to act as a friend to a girl called Amma, who is going through some tough times.

The story has no sizzle and without any thrills along the way it was hard to maintain a sustained interest in Belinda or anyone else. I found myself thinking, ‘okaaay‘, on several occasions, wanting more, needing more. But the flatness of the terrain remained consistent throughout the book. There was a brief bump with Amma’s struggles that could have provided a respite from first gear but it was quickly smoothed over and never explored deeply enough to allow the shifting of gears. The prose was ordinary with moments of sparks and cleverness, but unfortunately not enough to propel this novel beyond ordinary. Thanks to Netgalley and Picador for an advanced DRC. Book will be published 8/28/2018 in the US.
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April 21, 2018 – Shelved (Kindle Edition)
April 21, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read (Kindle Edition)
April 23, 2018 – Started Reading (Kindle Edition)
April 30, 2018 –
32.0% (Kindle Edition)
May 13, 2018 –
100.0% "Coming." (Kindle Edition)
May 13, 2018 – Finished Reading (Kindle Edition)
May 14, 2018 – Shelved

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Mark I'd say the hint was in the title. This is a book about Belinda; everything else, including Amma, is background to Belinda's growth.

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