“Life was what I made for myself, a conviction I made to challenge my father.”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Pages: 302

Published: 12th August, 2015

Rate: 3.5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Once a coffin robber, murderer and most wanted criminal, Kennedy Paul Maina walks away from his dark past. He used to run away from the police, runs away from the government he decided serve, then he runs away from himself. 

When he is exonerated of fraud charges, Kennedy goes to work for the British High Commissioner’s Office of Foreign Intelligence (OFI) where he spies on the government something that brings a diplomatic imbroglio. 

Soon his life is in danger. He exiles to Israel only to run back to the country he had run from this time round running from himself. Just when he is thinking the church has offered him the solace he needed, everything tumbles down and his past comes to haunt him. 


A copy of the book was sent to me by the author for review but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

My Take

I really did enjoy reading Twisted Times. I found it fast paced and interesting. It starts out with the bang with a promise to thrill and it did just that. The book is well written and fast paced which makes it easy to read. I think I finished it in 2 days

The story is interesting – in that, I could clearly visualize it. The imagery pops out and there is a strong sense of place.

The characters are well written and it’s interesting following along their journey. Through their mistakes, decisions and consequences. There is a perfect balance between the show and tell and that is something I truly appreciated.

“There was a pattern in the deaths. My team members were being eliminated one by one.”

What I didn’t like: I felt like the ending was rushed in order to tie up the book because we had a few story lines that were not explored. The character development is lacking and at some point it became annoying.

Twisted Times is a mystery book that is action packed. The first book in the trilogy, I would definitely read the rest. I am invested in the story. If you are looking for a thrill and mystery, I would recommend this. Bonus, it’s Kenyan Literature!

Have you read this book? What did you think about it?