BOOK: Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

This novel really surprised me. When I first started reading it, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it. The plot, about a fingerprint expert, Lena Dawson, working on a case about multiple infant deaths, didn’t really seem all that intriguing. And, even worse, early on in the novel we learn from Lena herself that she was raised by apes. No, like, really. It’s a long story, but as the result of her strange childhood and the emotional deficiencies of her eventual human foster mother, Lena’s turned into a rather odd adult. She’s socially inept but extremely perceptive (almost to the point where it seems she has a bit of a sixth sense, actually). She’s exactly the kind of person who would make a truly fantastic criminalist.

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