The 11th Sin — by Attah John Edeh
To begin, let me paint a picture of what I looked like while reading this novel. I laid in bed; my duvet pulled to my shoulder with a box of tissue beside me as I held my phone in my hand and the OkadaBooks app opened on my phone. I had just added The 11th Sin to my list of books, and I was ready to begin reading.
How do I read when I have the flu? I read for a few minutes and put my phone down and repeat the cycle over and over until I give up from all the heaviness in my head or fall asleep—whichever one comes first. But that was not the case with this book. Although I did put my phone down many times, it was always at the end of a chapter. I would tell myself, “You know you want to know how this chapter ends,” and then keep reading until I do, forgetting that my head feels heavy while not falling asleep.
However, this review is not about how I read when I have the flu, it is about a Love story filled with romance and merged with good detective drama and legal battle. And before I say more, it was so well executed (except for the few missing words I found as I read). The story is of Maxwell Ochai, known as Max, a young man who has just recently completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and moves to Lagos in search of stardom as an actor. But he breaks what is called The Hustler’s Creed or the 11th commandment—that you’d have to read to find out—and must face the consequences while he finds himself through the hard darkness that follows.
Aside that the story begins with steamy romance; what stands out for me is the pacing; it was so easy to follow and yet so absorbing. Felt like Attah John Edeh, the author, held unto a thread attached to me with which he gradually pulled me into the story. And did I mention the character development? Great, really. I could see all the characters, especially Leah’s, Max’s and Roselyn’s.
I would be reading this again when I can read it, sitting in my favorite chair, sipping juice and no box of tissue in sight. It’s that good, and I certainly recommend this work of fiction. It’s always a great read when on a weekend getaway, alone at home or on the beach (certainly getting on my list of beach reads!).
Read The 11th Sin on the OkadaBooks mobile app today.