You really can’t prepare yourself for this wild ride into the wilds of Africa. You will not see it coming. But you will be blindsided and thrown for a loop over and over again.
Bohjalian has always been a great writer. With THE LIONESS he moves into the stratosphere where amazing thriller writers reside.
You’ll quickly be yanked into the world of celebrity and entitlement. You’ll be swept through Paris and into the wedding of a Hollywood super star back in the sixties. Then you’ll come along with her and her new husband as she invites a select entourage of friends along on an African safari like nothing you’ve experienced before. What a trip. Exotic, voluminous tents to live in and be waited on hand and foot. Photo opportunities everywhere. Gentle giraffes and wandering zebras. Beauty to behold over every sunset.
But murder and mayhem are just beneath the surface. Just waiting for the right time to strike.
This is Tanzania, 1964. The safari gives a false sense of civilization and security in what is actually just the spot for the perfect storm of disruption. Throw in a group of Russian mercenaries and a lot of human drama. Add the beauty of the African landscape. Toss in secrets and seething underlying complaints between the guests. You have the perfect cocktail for a story that will make your hair stand on end. Some scenes are so realistic you will find your heart pounding, literally.
Bohjalian presents a brilliant thriller that is like nothing he’s done before. You simply must add this to your reading list this summer! I read my review copy digitally. It was provided through Net Galley by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. It is amazing. One of the best novels I’ve read in years!! A must-read.
Chris Bohjalian is the author of dozens of books. He was one of the first authors Oprah chose for her famous book club. He just keeps getting better!