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Reviewed by Ronél Steyn for Readers' Favorite
Jane Kay spins a magnificently tangled story that slowly unravels in Umbilical. More than 30 years ago, a baby was onboard a charter airplane that crashed on its way to Namibia. There was no record of the baby on the plane and there has been no word of what happened to the child afterward. The one person that might hold the answers is the one who sends Werner and Ella on this secret mission. Set in beautiful and vibrant Cape Town, South Africa, they slowly learn the truth of the measures that were taken by their fathers to protect this child and keep it from serious harm. Can they keep out of danger themselves while discovering the truth? Can they find out who the child is before time runs out for everyone involved?
Jane Kay brings the beat of the African continent to life in this story. Without any resistance from myself, I willingly took the author’s hand as she led me down a path to losing myself between the pages of this book. Perhaps it was the familiarity of the area that did it or the fact that I read some of the dialogue with an Afrikaans accent. From the first page, the scene was set. From there a road of mystery was laid out. Due to the language, this book is recommended for a mature audience. If your heart beats a rhythmic tattoo at the mention of the African continent, this book is for you, and Jane Kay is the author to look out for.