We have another thrilling read for you! This week, we are recommending ‘Wife of the Gods’, a novel from one of the finest authors from Ghana, Kwei Quartey.
The story introduces Detective Inspector Darko Dawson, a dedicated family man, rebel in the office, ace in the field—and one of the most appealing sleuths to come along in years. He is ordered to leave his family in Ghana’s capital city to lead a murder investigation: in a shady grove outside the small town of Ketanu, where a young woman—a promising medical student—was discovered dead under suspicious circumstances.
Dawson is fluent in Ketanu’s indigenous language, so he’s the right man for the job, but the local police are less than thrilled with an outsider’s interference. For Dawson, this sleepy corner of Ghana is rife with emotional land mines: an estranged relationship with the family he left behind 25 years earlier and the painful memory of his own mother’s inexplicable disappearance.
Armed with remarkable insight and a healthy dose of skepticism, Dawson soon finds his cosmopolitan sensibilities clashing with age-old customs, including a disturbing practice in which teenage girls are offered to fetish priests as ‘trokosi’, or Wives of the Gods.
This novel is a page-turner; it will keep you on your toes till the story ends. It engages your mind and emotions and will leave you feeling satisfied after finishing the journey with the writer.