Ink and Ashes

By Cleaver Magazine

In her first novel, Maetani has created a well-drawn and empathetic character and a mystery that keeps us reading. Although the narrative drags a little in the beginning and some of the dialogue can sometimes feel forced or unnatural, once the story finds its stride, we’re hooked. The stakes are high for Claire and her family, and that feeling never dissipates. It is a book that asks the reader to reexamine our understanding of family loyalty and forgiveness. No matter how much we try to pack it away, the past will always have a bearing on the present. This is a novel that provokes laughs, quickens the pulse, and makes the reader feel deeply for its heroine. Maetani is definitely an author to watch for in the future.