March 23, 2010
Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
$14.00 US/ $17.99 CAN
Rating: 3 cups
Pearl Baines grew up in Harlem with her twin sister, Diamond. Their father, Irish, was an ex-gangsta who, along with his wife, Zeta, devoted their lives to cleaning up the neighborhood and helping the young thugs find a better way of life. Pearl found more than her share of trouble, but she turned her life around and became an FBI agent.
Mookie Mason has a grudge against Irish Baines. Mookie does not like what Irish is trying to do within the neighborhood. Irish was spotted talking to federal agents and that really made Mookie mad. Now, there is a score to settle.
Mookie is angry, so he decides to settle this grudge street style. He sends his boys to hurt the Baines family, then burn their house to the ground with the Baines’ alive inside. Mookie dirties his own hands by drowning Pearl’s twin, Diamond. His mistake was leaving Pearl alive. With her entire family wiped out in one night, Pearl gets her mind set on revenge. With a little help from an old lover who happens to be her father’s closest ally, Pearl is about to take Mookie and his band of thugs down. She has FBI training on her side, which is the one thing her father did not have.
This book touched me to the core from the very first page. The author has a way of writing which draws the reader so deep in the story that you find yourself fighting for a breath. This is such a sad tale. Getting deep inside Pearl and her thought process, I can understand why she becomes so obsessed with taking Mookie out. There is so much violence that I was not prepared for as I read Unzipped, but I believe that helped me see the characters more clearly. Noire is a very talented writer. If you are looking for a book with a very sharp edge to it, then I encourage you to pick up this book.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More