A Compelling and Fascinating Story

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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.⁠⁠
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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. ⁠⁠
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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.⁠⁠
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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!
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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”.⁠⁠
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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.⁠⁠
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Thanks to Bookish First and Macmillan (Fierce reads) for a review copy.
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Content warnings for sexual assault, meth addiction, teen deaths, homicide.⁠⁠