Welcome back to Lamon Reviews. If you have been following my posts, you know how much I enjoyed this novel. It is filled with emotion and has thrilling twists that had me unable to stop listening to it.
In the first chapter, character Happi Smith says a line that, to me, sums up every time I see another news post showcasing the state of race relations in the U.S.
Let the public consumption of our misery begin.Happi Smith, One Of The Good Ones
This simple statement reminds me that there are still people who consider the obvious bias and contempt we are met with daily by police and others as normal. I understand why it all needs to be transparent and public. As they say, “Evil hides in the dark”.
- Title: One Of The Good Ones
- Authors: Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
- Publisher: Harlequin Audio
- Source: Public Library via Overdrive
- Language: English
In One Of The Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulite, we start with the Smith family attending an Annual Salute to Excellence award gathering, after the recent loss of Kezi Smith. Where her mother is to give a speech.
The beginning of this novel focuses on Happi and how she is coping with the loss of a sister, how she is viewing her family, and at times how her family is viewing her.
Happi’s older sister Genny has a plan to travel the trip planned by their sister in her honor and visit preplanned stops from The Negro Motorist Green Book. Along this trip, Happi evaluates he relationship with Kezi. She finds out things that makes her understand and view Kezi in a different light.
Readers get to see flashbacks of Kezi before the incident at the rally along side the current POV of her sister Happi. There are two other POV characters that round out this novel; Evelyn, and Shaqueria. There is a time hop for Evelyn’s POV, as it happends 80 years in the past, but the writing is so well done that it does not jolt readers out of the story.
One Of The Good Ones has three wonderful narrators that seemlessly makes this audiobook wonderful. Bahni Turpin, Carolyn Smith, and Jordan Cobb bring the characters to life. I enjoyed all of them, but I liked the narrator for Happi most.
Kezi’s story was the craziest whirl-wind rollercoaster mixed with WTF! And the end was so fantastic in my humble opinion. The climax was great and the story in general is wholly unexpected.
In only 40 chapters, Maritza and Maika Moulite have written a gripping novel that will have readers wondering what will happen next. The characters are developed and interesting. The story itself is sad and disquieting at times, while thrilling at others.
This novel uses current topics and shows readers there is still so much work to be done. Taking a look at ourselves and how we perceive the value of a life, for many of us, is flawed and at times undermines the very causes we fight for.
There are two questions that are put to readers immediately, even before you read the first word. The first is what does the phrase ‘one of the good ones’ really mean?’ The second question is ‘Isn’t being human enough?’ I hope that as readers take in this novel, they consider these questions and find their answer.
The authors have a previously published book titled Dear Haiti, Love Alaine. If you want to know more about the authors and keep up-to-date on their latest releases, their website is www.MaikaAndMaritza.com
Well this is my review of One Of The Good Ones by Maritza and Maika Moulite. I hope you enjoyed it and you give this novel a read. Let me know what you think in the comments below. How do you feel about the title? What do you think about the books theme? Why isn’t being human enough?
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