Daunis Fontaine is a strong, smart, and fierce main character. She’s a star hockey player who had planned to continue playing in college while studying medicine, but those plans changed after the death of her uncle and her grandmother’s stroke.
As the daughter of a privileged white mom and Ojibwe father, Daunis has never felt like she fit in in either world. She’s always done her best to honor the traditions of her father’s family.
After Daunis witnesses a tragic event, she's sucked into an intense undercover operation. She struggles with balancing her loyalty to her community while also seeking justice and answers.
I got to read the first 10 chapters to enter a Bookish First raffle, so I was eagerly awaiting my copy to finish the 500-page book. In the sneak peek, I was sure I had figured out a major plot point, and was proved wrong in the very next chapter I read. It's a slow burn but has some great twists along the way!
There are so many layers and I think while it’s definitely a thriller at its core, it could be classified as so many types of genres. There’s so much addressed-meth addiction, exploitation, racism, sexism, classism, but it never felt like “too much”.
This is an OWNvoices Indigenous authored-book. I absolutely love how Boulley brings Ojibwe heritage to life in this debut. The rich cultural traditions woven in throughout the story were easily my favorite part of the book.
Thanks to Bookish First and Macmillan (Fierce reads) for a review copy.
Content warnings for sexual assault, meth addiction, teen deaths, homicide.