Kari James mother disappeared when she was two days old. In the years since her father was in an accident that impacted his brain. Now she’s in her 30s and a strange bracelet has shown up that is giving her visions of the mother she never knew. So she begins to peel back the layers of her life and her mother’s as her mother’s ghost guides her along the way.
I am always looking for ways to immerse myself in other cultures and there are not enough mainstream contemporary indigenous stories out there. This one definitely deals with the politics, alcoholism, drugs and violence that we see in native culture but we also see the importance of family and identity. Kari does not really know many aspects of her Indian background even though its always been available to her. By learning about her mother and mother’s family, she begins to understand more of her culture, some of the spiritual mythology and the impact of colonization on her family’s roots. I would call this one a slow burn mystery rather than a thriller but there is so much to learn along the way.
The Shining plays a big role in this one, I liked the pop culture connection and the magical realism throughout. I wouldn’t
Thanks to Booksparks for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.