By Lauren Wilkinson
3 / 5 ⭐
Marie Mitchell is an FBI intelligence officer. She is a smart, young, black woman, and she keeps getting passed over on the job. Finally, she is called up for a task force set on overthrowing the Communist president of Burkina Faso, Thomas Sankara. Marie is to go in and get as close to Sankara as possible. And get close she does!
🕵 Personally, Marie is struggling. She struggles with the fact that she applauds some of the work Sankara is doing for his country, even though he’s seen as a revolutionary. Now that she’s out in the field, she feels like she’s working in her dead sister’s shadow. Marie wonders why exactly she was given this job: her talent, who she knew, or just her appearance. As the events unfold, she even begins to question her boss’s true intentions of staging this coup.
🕵 I just didn’t connect with this one. It has good elements: a female spy, family drama, politics, and even a little romance. Yet, I found the writing to be a little dry, and the pace a little slow. Being an espionage novel, I needed a little more spice and intrigue.
**Full disclosure: I skimmed over a lot of this book, especially in the middle. So in all fairness, I may not be giving this book the due credit it deserves.