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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Ashes in a Coconut by Bo Kearns is a dramatic tale of corruption and betrayal, set in the colorful locale of Indonesia. Laura Harrison is on a mission to save her marriage. Jack, her husband, is set to take over the presidency of an Indonesian bank that’s in trouble and Laura goes with him, moving into a morbid house of horrors in Jakarta. Desperate to make things work, Laura gets involved in saving endangered primates while Jack seems to be struggling with his job. Laura doesn’t agree with the way he’s trying to run the business and it doesn’t take long for the lies and secrets to come out. Laura is pushed to the edge as she realizes that she alone is responsible for her own destiny.
Ashes in a Coconut by Bo Kearns is a debut novel set in Indonesia in the 1980s. A colorful and exotic novel, this a taut thriller with a plot steeped in betrayal and corruption. The characters are wonderfully written by an author with a great command of the English language, including very likable and relatable characters living real lives with real problems. This is a descriptive novel that puts you firmly in the center of the story, feeling it, living it. You can feel the emotion coming off the pages as you follow two main characters in two very different stories that ultimately come together in a tale of redemption. An excellent first novel, perfectly suited to those who love thrillers and stories of travel. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.