"No, it was a very subtle something in her eyes, a shift invisible to the uninitiated, something between mockery and sudden earnest."
So this was the first book I read in 2020 and it proved an intriguing start to the year. It is dark and moody and at times perplexing - just the sort of thing that would keep any bookclub chatting.
I certainly wasn't expecting the violence inherent in the book but it makes for a high stakes scenario.
What Koch does capture rather brilliantly is sibling rivalry combined with the danger of a vast difference between rich and poor.
Unfettered ex-pats can run rough shod over the local populace, but the question really becomes more about who should be afraid of whom?
At times melodramatic, this is nonetheless an interesting read that I would recommend. Just don't look to this for some light escapism, that is a dish this dinner doesn't serve.
4/5 - So glad I don't have kids to worry about.