on January 1st 1970
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The more you see, the less you know.
In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who does not exist.
Tina and her mother first arrived in Kenya as refugees from Congo desperately searching for a better life. Trading the peril of their besieged village for the busy metropolis of Sangui, they can barely believe their luck when Tina’s mother finds work as a maid for the Greyhills, one of the city’s most illustrious families. But there’s a dark secret lurking behind the family’s immense fortune, and when Tina discovers her mother shot dead in Mr. Greyhill’s private study, she knows he pulled the trigger.
With revenge on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving the streets on her own, working 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, giving 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 expose not only the truth behind who killed Tina’s mother, but even more harrowing secrets from Tina’s past that will change everything.
City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson is so good. This book took me by surprise. For some reason I was expecting not to like it and instead it made me cry. I am a very emotional person. So since I cry a lot in real life, I rarely cry in books and movies. There is a specific chapter in this book that made me cry.
Tina makes a point to try to be invisible. If people notice you, than one may be caught and that is the last thing you want. Tina is a thief. She is a thief for a gang called the Goonda. Tina joined this group after her mother died. Now it has been five years and Tina believes she is finally ready to take revenge on the man that killed her mother.
I really enjoyed this book because Anderson was able to create an emotional connection with her characters and story. I really liked all the characters which is very rare for me. The flashback is amazing. I am really looking forward to what Anderson brings to her readers next.