Friday, March 31, 2017

City of Saints and Thieves

Every Friday we give a new book away. To get the book, it's simple: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page and you'll be entered into a drawing. The drawing will run from Friday through Sunday and winners are announced on Mondays. (Note: you must be a Fresno County resident to be eligible for Free Fridays.)

City of Saints and Thieves  by Natalie C. Anderson

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who does not exist. Tina and her mother fled the Congo years ago as refugees, trading the uncertain danger of their besieged village for a new, safer life in this bustling Kenyan metropolis. Of course, safe doesn't last long. At first, Tina thought the grand Greyhill estate where her mother found work as a maid was a lucky haven, despite also being home to one of the city's most corrupt citizens. But when her mother is found shot dead in Mr. Greyhill's personal study, Tina has no doubt he pulled the trigger.

With revenge as her guide, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, training as a master thief with the Goondas, Sangui City's local gang. It's a job with the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, offering a long-awaited chance for vengeance. But once Tina returns to the lavish home, she's overcome by memories of her painful past, and the girl who does not exist is caught red-handed, setting into motion a breathless and dangerous cascade of events that will reveal not only the truth behind who killed Tina's mother, once and for all, but even darker, shocking secrets from Tina's past that will change everything.

Update: This "Free Fridays" book goes to Kesley L.!

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