Book Review: When Trouble Sleeps by Leye Adenle

Published: September, 2018

Pages: 336when trouble sleeps

Genre: Fiction

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Publisher’s Blurb: Amaka Mbadiwe returns in this gripping sequel to the award-winning Easy Motion Tourist, and trouble isn’t far behind her. The self-appointed saviour of Lagos’ sex workers, Amaka may have bitten off more than she can chew this time as she finds herself embroiled in a political scandal. When a plane crash kills the state gubernatorial candidate, the party picks a replacement who is assured of winning the election: Chief Ojo. But Amaka knows the skeletons that lurk in Chief Ojo’s closet, including what took place at the Harem, the secret sex club on the outskirts of Lagos that he frequents. Amaka is the only person standing between Chief Ojo and election victory, and he sends hired guns Malik and Shehu after her. Caught in a game of survival, against a backdrop of corruption, violence, sex and sleaze, Amaka must find a way to outwit her bloodthirsty adversaries. Leye Adenle pulls back the curtain on the seedy underbelly of Lagos once again in this gritty and compelling thriller.

The Author: Leye Adenle is a Nigerian writer. He has written a number of short stories and flash fiction pieces. Leye has appeared on stage in London in plays including Ola Rotimi’s Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again. He comes from a family of writers, the most famous of whom was his grandfather, Oba Adeleye Adenle I, a former king of Oshogbo in South West Nigeria. He lives in London.

My Thoughts: Wow! I started this book and couldn’t put it down until I was done. ‘When Trouble Sleeps’ is the sequel to ‘Easy Motion Tourist’ which I had read sometime in 2017. This book continues with Amaka’s determination to find Malik who runs a secret sex club outside Lagos and hopefully bring him to book as he aids his clients to use the girls who frequent his club as they wish even if they have to kill them. She finds herself entangled in a political battle and that is the part of the story that really intrigues me. Chief Ojo, suddenly finds himself handpicked by his powerful father in-law to be the next Governor of Lagos state but is worried as the skeletons in his cupboard are so many that they are threatening to pop out for the world to see.

I found the political drama very interesting, relatable and funny especially with the upcoming elections in Nigeria. However, I didn’t find Amaka’s character in this book relatable especially with the risks she took in many instances. I also felt the same way about the Nigeria Police. I didn’t quite recognize them unless this story is futuristic and it is our Police force in 2030……. Nevertheless I still enjoyed the ride as it got my heart racing 80% of the time, wondering what would happen next and how everything would pan out. If you are looking for a quick, pacey and interesting thriller, this is your book. I would definitely read another addition to this story if the author writes another one and I would look out for this author . Kudos to Leye Adenle once again. Keep up the good work.

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