Mar 282012

419 by Will Ferguson
Source: ARC from Penguin Canada
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

419 takes readers behind the scene of the world’s most insidious internet scam. When Laura’s father gets caught up in one such swindle and pays with his life, she is forced to leave the comfort of North America to make a journey deep into the dangerous back streets and alleyways of the Lagos underworld to confront her father’s killer. What she finds there will change her life forever…

 This book took me on journey to a world I have never experienced before. Reading about Nigeria was like reading an intricate fantasy novel with names, phrases and details that were beyond anything I was familiar with. I was swept away in the strangeness of it all, and yet, by the end, it seemed familiar and saddening.

For most of the book it seemed that there were two stories taking place side by side, one in the US, and one in Nigeria. It is only near the end of the book that the two come together. They meshed well, and while the ending was sad and surprising, it still felt right.

Emtionally, this is a sad and serious story. There is much heartbreak and sorrow. But the book does not feel dark. Perhaps it is the foreignness, or the detailed telling, but I found it enjoyable and entertaining, even while being sad.

Challenges read for:

Canadian Book Challenge 5

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