Lokal is Lekker: The Scavenging


Title/ Titel: The Scavenging
Author/ Skrywer: Jevon Brown
Publisher/ Uitgewer: Self-published/ selfgepubliseer
Publication Date/ Publikasidatum: 03 October/ Oktober 2018
Source/ Gesture vanaf: Author/ Skrywer
Format/ Formaat: Paperback (ARC)/ Sagteband
Pages/ Bladsye: 241
Rating/ Sterre: 4 Stars





Goodreads Synopsis:



Jansen doesn’t believe in magic. He doesn’t believe in ancestors, sangomas, witchcraft, or muti, and it irritates the irascible detective that his new, unasked-for young partner, Hadley Gcumise, does. 

But this murder is proving difficult to rationally explain. The butchered girl left no footprints, but is in the veld two hundred meters from the nearest Wadeville factory. The paw prints in the dirt around her body belong to an entire cackle of hyenas. Something was hacked away from the girl’s back, and there is talk around Joburg of a powerful new muti, made of wings twice as large as even the biggest vulture. 

Jansen is forced to entertain the possibility not only that their victim had wings, but that African magic is wild, deadly and real.

A centuries-old battle between two powerful sangomas is coming to a head. And as the detectives work their case they will close in on suspects who obey neither law, nor science.



Book review:

The Scavenging is the perfect combination of a crime thriller and magic realism. Set in just the outskirts of Johannesburg, two detectives are faced with a crime with little to no answers. Brown's approach to the topic is methodical and he weaves a highly believable story. The writing was well-paced and rich in dialogue. The plot was captivating. It constantly pulled the reader in and left them wanting more. I did struggle to connect with the characters on a deeper level as I felt as if there was a lot of focus placed on the crime and the plot. They weren't necessarily lacking in depth but without the connection, I wasn't as invested in their investigation as I wanted to be. This is the perfect book for readers who love Thrillers but are looking for a little something different. Thank you so much to Jevon Brown for providing me with a copy of this book.

Boek Resensie:

The Scavenging is die perfekte kombinasie van magiese realisme en spanningsvolle misdaad. Dit speel af in die buitewyke van Johannesburg waar twee speurders gekonfronteer word met 'n onverklaarbare misdaad. Met sy metodiese benadering tot die onderwerp verseker Brown van 'n baie geloofwaardige storielyn wat die leser meesleur.  Ek het dit wel moeilik gevind om op 'n dieper vlak met die welgevormde karakters te vereenselwig, aangesien daar meer fokus geplaas word op die komplot. Ongelukkig kon ek myself nie sover kry om genoeg in hul ondersoek belang te stel nie.  Hierdie is die perfekte boek vir lesers wat van spannings verhale hou, maar tog opsoek is na iets meer.  Baie dankie aan Jevon Brown vir die kopie van hierdie boek.



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