There is something surreal about reading a book set in your city, its just amazing because you have a better picture of what the author is talking about. I think that is why I was so excited about this book when Penguin reached out to me, I was like yeah I’d be so pumped to read this book. Anyways thank you Penguin Random House SA for the copy.
Title: Tallion || Author: Bayers de Vos || Publisher: Penguin || Publisict: Frieda le Roux || Pages: 275 || Genre: Fiction || Published: July 2018
NB: This book is also available in Afrikaans as Wrok.
Talion takes place in Pretoria and follows five characters with distinct lives, living in different sections of the city, but all tied together in ways they have yet to understand. It follows orphaned twins; Ben and Freya. There are so close yet Ben is keeping a secret from his sister that leads to him being murdered. It also follows a widowed teacher, Mr October who is haunted by a very dark past. A drug dealer, Slick who is haunted by a dark past and is always in control of things. On the other hand, Nolwazi an inspector who wants to do her job properly, but is thwarted by an over-worked system and corrupt peers.
The lingering questions are: Who killed Ben? and Why did he die? Is justice an option in this case or revenge will win?
The writing style is perfect, I enjoyed it so much.
The author did a good job building up the characters, they were so relatable and I was so invested in them. Sometimes its hard to follow a story when you need to follow many characters that are not just side characters but play a vital role in the story. I feel like the author executed this perfectly.
I enjoyed the dynamic relationships in the story, I think it portrayed real life in a good way. Because in real life nothing is all perfect.
I think the representation of the city was just amazing. The description painted a vivid image in my mind whilst still reading this book. The fact that some of the places I know of (as I mentioned in the beginning) made it easier for me to understand the setting of the story.
The plot was executed perfectly as the author revealed bits and pieces until the whole truth was revealed at the end. We get to see flashes of the past (labelled as before) and whats going on currently.
The main con for me was in the interchanging of characters, because the chapters are not precisely labeled as to whose perspective we are reading from and it became a bit difficult for me at times to pick up. I think the labeling makes things easier for readers to follow. Because the before topics are as confusing and they do not reveal much about perspectives.
This book addresses the impact caused by drugs and addiction to families and the consequences of some choices we make in life.
Thats the only con I had, overall its a great read, that I’d truly recommend to everyone.
Those were my thoughts and I’d like to know yours if you’ve read this book and thank you again to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a copy.
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