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Jonathan Amid Reviews What Hidden Lies by Michele Rowe

What Hidden LiesVerdict: carrot

In Greek mythology, Persephone is the queen of the underworld. In the brilliant debut novel by celebrated scriptwriter and script editor Michelle Rowe, detective Persephone (Persy) Jonas, small in stature, boyish, dogged to the core, is the plucky young woman tasked with navigating the underworld of a community where little is as it appears. With her domestic life a trying powder keg, living with family under conditions far from ideal or affluent, she finds a form of escape in visits to her elderly grandfather, Poppa, and in her work for the SAPS. At every turn, Persy is reminded that because she is a woman she is lowly and vulnerable and dependent and childlike, and that she is unlikely to ever remove a cloak of cloying violence and self-doubt from her being.

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