Saturday, August 27, 2022

Book Review - Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley


Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 Synopsis: Kiara and her brother, Marcus, are scraping by in an East Oakland apartment complex optimistically called the Regal-Hi. Both have dropped out of high school, their family fractured by death and prison. But while Marcus clings to his dream of rap stardom, Kiara hunts for work to pay their rent--which has more than doubled--and to keep the nine-year-old boy next door, abandoned by his mother, safe and fed.

One night, what begins as a drunken misunderstanding with a stranger turns into the job Kiara never imagined wanting but now desperately needs: nightcrawling. Her world breaks open even further when her name surfaces in an investigation that exposes her as a key witness in a massive scandal within the Oakland Police Department.

My Thoughts: An amazing debut telling us the story of Kiara and her brother Marcus. Two young kids trying to survive on their own after life has thrown some hard hits there way. With the rent going up and coming due along with needing to buy food and supplies, decisions have to be made so they don't get thrown in the streets. Add in Kiara taking in the neighbors young son because his mother abandons him and my heart pours out to her.

Marcus is the oldest and supposed to be supporting Kiara but instead doesn't seem to be helping at all what with not being able to hold down a job and never has any income to bring to the table. I know he had some issues of his own but still I was angry with him because I feel like had he stepped up as he should have and made better efforts things may have turned out far different for Kiara.

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