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11-year-old Ajuba has been abandoned at a Devon boarding school by her Ghanaian father. Haunted by the circumstances of her mother's breakdown and the ghosts of the life she left behind in Ghana, she falls under the spell of new girl Polly Venus and her chaotic, glamorous family....

Title : True Murder
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ISBN : 9780224085021
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 262 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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True Murder Reviews

  • Rog Pile
    2019-01-15 04:28

    When her mother is taken to hospital, eleven-year-old Ajuba is placed at a Devon boarding school.Her memories of Ghana are of the house on Kuku hill and the growing rift between her parents, of how her mother had become increasingly jealous and had taken to stalking through the house during thunderstorms, trying to glimpse the faces of her husband’s lovers in mirrors during flashes of lightning.Polly Venus is a charismatic new American student who Ajuba is asked to help settle in. But it quickly becomes clear that Polly is more than capable of looking after herself. She introduces a new game called True Murder. Inspired by a lurid magazine of that name the game quickly becomes a favourite with all the girls.During half term Polly invites Ajuba to her new home. The Venus family have taken Graylings, previously the mansion home of the late Miss Fielding and her companion Miss Edith. Miss Edith now lives in the Gatehouse and Ajuba is fascinated to discover that she is sleeping in what used to be Miss Edith’s room. One wet afternoon leads to the girls exploring the attic where they make the grisly discovery of some bones stitched into an old coat. This discovery leads to the recommencement of the game of True Murder, with Miss Edith now a prime suspect.The game is played against an increasingly tense atmosphere created by the disintegration of the relationship of Polly’s parents. Polly and her brother are unable or unwilling to accept that there’s anything more than insignificant bickering going on between their parents, while Ajuba witnesses scenes which force her to relive the nightmare of her own parents’ break up and her mother’s descent into madness. The scenes portraying the anguish of Isobel Venus and her revenge have a nightmarish, almost hallucinatory quality.A striking and memorable debut.

  • Helena
    2019-01-01 22:42

    This was a book I randomly picked up at the library, without having heard anything of it before. In it we follow 11-year old Ajuba as she moves from Ghana to the UK countryside following a divorce of her parents. At her Devon boarding school she befriends Polly, an outgoing girl with a family that invites Ajuba to join them. But, like many other families this one also has its secrets.For me it was hard to figure out what this book wanted to be, it was so fragmented. Was it a murder story, a story about friendship, relationship issues (adult ones seen through the eyes of a tween), culture clashes or mental health? I really couldn't tell and with so many stories and loose ends, it really was no surprise that many of them were left unsolved.If the author had kept to a few of the plot lines the book could've been good. But it just seemed like too many ideas went into the book instead of editing them out. Too bad.

  • Josephine (Jo)
    2018-12-25 00:22

    This book was a little strange, it made me feel both empathy and dislike for the characters. The adults are immature and self centred and the children are left to get on with life on their own and therefore start to make mischief which gives you and uncomfortable feeling that it will all end in tears. I did enjoy the book but I would have liked it to be a little more menacing as it seemed to be trying to be frightening but not quite making it. I did have a suspicion as to what the end would be but I would have liked a few more twists, turns and surprises before it reached its conclusion. The general atmosphere was slightly sinister and I think it could have been raised a notch or two to make it a really thrilling story. Still enjoyable though and I would give the author another go.

  • Precious Williams
    2019-01-08 00:46

    I'm surprised this novel has received such poor reviews so far on Goodreads. I am about three quarters of the way through it and I am finding it a joy to read. It's exquisitely written and the story is weird and enchanting. The story is about a girl from Ghana who is sent to a mainly white boarding school in a rural part of England. While there she befriends a white American girl who is obsessed with murder...

  • Ioannis Savvas
    2018-12-26 03:49

    Η επιλογή ενός βιβλίου έχει πάντα ένα ρίσκο. Θα βγει καλό;Αγόρασα το True Murder της Yaba Badoe νομίζοντας ότι έχω να κάνω με ένα μυθιστόρημα μυστηρίου και φόνων. Τελικά ήταν μια νουβέλα γλυκανάλατη. Το διάβασα σε fast forward. Από τα πιο βαρετά βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει! Μην το πάρετε, είναι χάσιμο χρόνου.

  • Annie Paul
    2018-12-31 23:40

    I couldn't put this book's an unusual one, doesn't neatly fit into any neatly weaves Africa into a quintessentially English story we're all somewhat familiar with...the result is quite spellbinding...

  • Evie
    2019-01-21 00:23

    This is an amazing story of Ajuba, a Ghanaian schoolgirl who moves to England and her friendship with Polly Venus. It explores the impact on children of the chaotic lives of the adults around them. Well written and deeply moving.

  • Mary
    2018-12-27 23:43


  • Lara
    2019-01-23 23:46

    To be honest I'm not sure if I liked this book or not. Its a bit depressing, but I did find the main character Ajuba quite endearing. OK for a quick read.

  • Manuella
    2019-01-01 01:28

    Verslavend en bloedstollend.

  • Mallory
    2019-01-19 22:44

    Odd. Odd but good. I was intrigued until the very end.

  • Selene
    2019-01-11 02:37

    This book is very cleverly put together, and works on the premise that shit happens. The story and the characters are very believable and it's fast moving tension keeps you reading - great!

  • Lisa
    2019-01-03 04:25

    I downloaded a Kindle sample because I was looking for something to read for Ghanian Literature Week, but it seemed a bit YA to me so I didn't go on with it.