Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Rating: 4/5

“Kindness is something that seems small, Daunis, but it’s like tossing a pebble into a pond and the ripples reach further than you thought.” 

Firekeeper’s Daughter tells the story Darius Fontaine, a young woman who has felt like she’s never fit in not only with her tribe but in her hometown. The young woman dreams of studying medicine but those plans are put on hold when tragedy strikes and Darius must put her dreams on hold in order to care for her mother. As she struggles with her own insecurities and being an outsider, she does start to find one bright spot through it all, Jaime a handsome and charming new recruit on her brother’s hockey team. But, while she battles with her feelings for Jaime, she stars to wonder if he’s hiding something as things aren’t adding up and she begins to question does she really know at him at all? Before she can get to the bottom of it, she witnesses a shocking murder putting her at the center a of a murder investigation. Reluctantly, she finds herself going undercover in order to find out what happened and hopefully solve the investigation but the more she digs, the more that people keep dying and she has more questions than answers.

I can’t believe this was a debut! I really enjoyed this book as it wasn’t what I expected it to be and I couldn’t put it down. It was a beautifully well written thriller from start to end with interesting characters, both main and side. I thought Darius was a relatable character especially with figuring out what she wants out of her life while also accepting her flaws and all. It is really a story of a young woman who wants to feel as she belongs to not only her tribe but to others around her. I thought Boulley did a great job at intertwining the two so that the reader has a better understanding of Darius’s struggle.

The only drawback of the book is the slower pacing which can deter some readers as pacing of a book can make a reader not finish it. But, I do feel like in the case of this book that he pacing does help seeing as it is a thriller but if you’re into fast paced mysteries/thrillers, this may not be your cup of tea. Being a thriller/mystery, I thought Boulley did a nice job with the build up and keeping it suspenseful throughout the book as it helped keep me interested, surprised, and engaged not only with the character but the plot.

All in all, this is a beautifully written suspenseful debut while also intertwining Native American culture which was great to see. So check it out if you want!

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