Julie Miller, an investigative journalist, was just trying to take a break from work when she stumbled upon a whole new story. She interrupts a would-be suicide attempt and discovers that there’s a much bigger story, one that involves twists and turns, dirty corporations, dirty cops, human trafficking, and threat’s not only to Julie’s life but also that of people about whom she cares deeply.
Cicada is set in Australia (K. Davies is an Australian writer living in London), and it was fun to read a story set in a place I love–complete with the Australian English. Some of the words or phrases may or may not be familiar to many readers, but they are usually easy to figure out and do not detract from the story. This book is reminiscent somewhat of Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in that Julie is a journalist working on her own to bring down a group of men who treat women in some of the worst ways possible. The two differed, however, in the tightness and depth of plot. Cicada took some time to get into, but held my attention throughout. I did enjoy this book–it was very different from much of what I’ve read recently. It’s an excellent debut novel.
*My apologies to Ms. Davies for taking so long to finish the book and post the review. I’ve been swamped with work–and other books to read and review.
You should know that I received this book for free in exchange for a review on BookBloggers.net. The views expressed here are mine and mine alone.