Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Esmé Snyders is the heroine of Muti Nation by Monique Snyman. She is not your usual kind of woman and her job isn't quite the kind of job you lure men with. She is disillusioned when it comes to love, and becoming the target of a crazy serial killer doesn't help much either. The serial murderer steals body parts from various people to sell them as part of the muti trade. Unfortunately for the murderer, Esmé is part of a team that helps to solve crimes related to paranormal and ritual issues. And the woman is clever enough to put two and two together. The murderer is not happy about this, but also thinks that the body parts of such a woman would fetch a good price or help him achieve great power. Esmé becomes part of a dangerous game - a game in which both players are intelligent. However, there can be only one winner.
While there were some gruesome moments in Muti Nation by Monique Snyman, I did not find the book too gory or too much of a horror story. It is not the kind of read that would make me sleep with the lights on - but that does not mean I didn't enjoy the story. I found it fascinating to learn about some of the cultural facts behind muti rituals, and the plot was well thought through, too. It was nice that Esmé was far from the perfect character. She has plenty of faults, but also some good sides, obviously. This makes it easier to relate to her or feel a bit superior in some regards. The plot was very interesting and I was wondering whether there would be a happy ending at all, or whether the bad guy would win in this case. Definitely an exciting read!