The Firekeeper’s Daughter – Book Review

Firekeeper's Daughter: The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller by [Angeline Boulley]

Keep the Secret. Live the Lie. Earn your Truth.

For fans of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange comes a ground-breaking YA thriller about a Native American teen who must root out the corruption in her community

Eighteen-year-old Daunis’s mixed heritage has always made her feel like an outsider, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When she witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to be part of a covert FBI operation into a series of drug-related deaths.

But the deceptions – and deaths – keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. Now Daunis must decide what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.

No. of pages:- 497 pages

Date published:- March 16th 2021

Genre:- Native American Fiction/Thriller


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I heard so many raving reviews about this book that I thought I want to try out this book! Luckily, Scribd had the audiobook so I listened to the audiobook. The narrator was really good and I enjoyed listening to the audiobook.

Daunis is of mixed heritage – half White, half Native American and never felt as a part of a community in both her hometown and also in the Native American community. Daunis is best friends with a girl named Lily. But when she witnessed her best friend being murdered with Lily’s ex boyfriend committing suicide after killing Lily, the event left Daunis traumatized. And soon Daunis was enlisted to help FBI with an investigation about drug related deaths.

Here’s the thing–I actually enjoyed reading aka listening to this book! I didn’t really expect this book to be really good. The story is completely told from Daunis’ point of view and Daunis’ character grew into me–in fact she became one of my favorite literary fictional characters! I think this is the author’s debut book and so the author did a good job–her writing style was really good and she knew, how to draw the reader into the story. By the middle of the book, I started getting interested and hooked that I couldn’t wait to find out what is going to happen next! Besides all those twists, turns and the fact that it is fast paced thriller and quiet a page turner, I actually enjoyed, reading about the Native American culture–the traditions, the Native American language…they were all new to me and I had a fun time learning about Native American traditions and culture. I also heard that this book will be made into a Netflix movie so cannot wait to come out on Netflix soon!

I really recommend this book to anyone, who is interested in learning about Native American culture coupled with thriller, twisted turns and page turner, not going to leave you disappointed–worth five stars!

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