07 Aug A Review of Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia Book ‘The Son of House’
The beginning of the story was quite interesting. Two women, Nwabulu (40s) and Juliet (70s) have been kidnapped and they decided to tell each other their life story as they waited for their release. While telling their stories, Juliet would find out that she is unknowingly the cause of Nwabulu’s biggest heartache.
I loved Nwabulu’s story, it’s a typical from grass to grace story. She was an orphan raised by her wicked stepmother and then forced to become a house help. She naively fell in love with a rich man’s son and that changed her life forever. At a point, she was forced to marry a dead man (I’ve never heard of it but ewwww, I was cringing throughout).
I didn’t find Juliet’s story interesting. She was a woman desperate to get married because people including her mother were already wagging her fingers and then she became a woman desperate to have a child.
One of the main themes of the book is female friendship. If you’re looking for a read about female friendship, you may want to check this out. I found the book really predictable though and that affected the reading experience.
The beginning was fast-paced and interesting but it started dragging midway and I wished the writer kept the same energy from beginning to end.
Reviewed by Azeezah