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  • Amazing YA thriller/mystery

    Daunis Fontaine is a bi-racial, American eighteen-year-old, with a white mother and an Ojibwe father (deceased). She feels because of her mixed heritage that she doesn’t fit in with her white peers, nor the Sugar Island Ojibwe Tribe. She does love her tribal heritage and follows their customs and religion as an unenrolled tribal member. Illegal drugs and drug-related deaths are rife throughout the indigenous community, so much so that the FBI is looking into it, including sending a young agent undercover who takes a liking to Daunis. When Daunis witnesses a shooting, the agent, Jamie, manages to get her away from the scene before the police arrive and asks for her help in their investigation which is far wider than she could ever have imagined. Firekeeper’s Daughter was a real mix bag for me. I loved the setting, the people, I adored reading about the Ojibwe way of life, their customs, beliefs, etc. However, I found it hard to truly like Daunis, as she came across as someone who wanted to be treated fairly and with respect, yet she was quick to judge other people and make assumptions about them without actually knowing them. Some times she came across as mature, other times she seemed so young, and what is with the ‘Secret Squirrel’!! The plot started slowly and at the beginning of the book I did wonder if this was going to be a DNF for me, so I put it to one side for a while and tried again a few weeks later. Once the thriller/mystery part of the book kicks in, after the shooting, the pace picks up ten-fold and this is where my interest lay. There are so many sub-plots interwoven within the main, which is why the book is as long as it is. There were all nicely connected and relevant to the story. It was heart-breaking at times to be witness to some of the drug trafficking, sexual assaults, drug-taking, murders that occurred, especially towards the indigenous women. Alongside these horrors, the book also armed you with the knowledge of what the indigenous communities go through, how much of their heritage has been and is still being destroyed. I notice that the book is soon to be a Netflix series. I can see this working, as whilst you are reading it is easy to visualise what is happening in each scene. I just hope that they do the book justice, not like some adaptations.

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  • Great read

    Loved this book, great story, well told. Made we want to learn more about the culture in the book. We need more diverse books.

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