Bound to Secrecy by Vamba Sherif

Friday, May 29th 2015

Published by HopeRoad

UnknownWilliam Mawolo arrives in a remote Liberian border town with a secret mission: to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the paramount chief Tetese. The locals, however – police force and citizens alike – are far from happy about his presence, and their hostility is increasing daily, threatening to boil over. At the same time, Mawolo is drawn to the departed chief’s daughter, Makemeh, who for some reason doesn’t seem to be too concerned about her missing father. Mawolo wonders why? Intrigued, he decides to stay longer than required – and even attempts to take charge of the town. Little by little, driven by circumstances of his own making, he starts to behave like the despotic man whose disappearance he came to investigate. His desire to uncover the town’s dark secrets leads to contradictory revelations and puts him in danger. Who can he trust . . . and will he allow his heart rule his head? Bound To Secrecy is an exploration of power and the fear it generates; and of love in all its magical, addictive forms. A rich mix of African tradition, classic crime fiction and the supernatural, Bound to Secrecy is a captivating account of the complexities of Liberian society and the inevitable clash between modern life and ancient cultures. Acclaimed author Vamba Sherif brilliantly guides us through these complexities – but some mysteries remain…

When a Barry Forshaw quote adorns a crime fiction book I tend to sit up and take note – let’s face it, the man knows his stuff – and, for Bound to Secrecy, that quote was ‘An impressive novel’ – which I would agree with entirely.

For me the hook was a combination of that quote, the mysterious cover and the hints of mystery and the supernatural set in a location, Liberia, I had not read of in fiction before .

The read is a swift one, sparse for the most part in its description and moving quickly from scene to scene and all of that helps with the atmosphere and the sense of unease as we follow William Mawolo on his investigation and his unnerving feeling that some of the things that take place around him are not of this world.

A mysterious read and a rewarding one – proving once again what a broad church the crime fiction genre is.

And you can order a copy from amazon HERE.

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