I am a lover of psychological thrillers. I get off on trying to guess who the murderer is, or following the murderer through their psychosis. Sometimes I get it; I know why that character wants to kill that other character. I get to live my darkest thoughts through these authors of what is arguably the best genre ever made.
Last year, I took a break from my favorite genre and dove into more fantasy works. Or at least, I tried. I plan to continue this trend. However, this year, I am not going to be putting aside my love of psychological thrillers. In fact, I want to broaden my exploration of this genre and look into some more books written by African authors. I always complain about not finding any psychological thrillers by Kenyans or even Africans. But I feel like I have been lazy and have not really done my research on this field. To be honest, I am not even sure where to start. I tried doing a quick Google search but it seems that as soon as you insert the word “African” into your search parameter, you get every book ever written by an African. This is cool and everything, but it isn’t what I want.
At the end of last year, I tried to borrow a book of the national library in Eldoret. Because I am not formally employed, I was turned away even when I offered to leave some form of collateral as proof of my legitimacy. Reading in Kenya is so hard especially if you have already exhausted all the Grisham and Patterson books on the streets.
Now you see why finding a specific genre of African literature is proving difficult
But, not all hope is lost. There is one book I plan to look in to as a sort of “introduction” into my new journey. The book is African Psycho by Alain Mabanckou of Congo. I have not read the premise of this book and I do not intend to until I have my hands on it. I hope it is everything I am looking for and that it can open me up to a world of endless African possibilities.
Wish me luck guys
I probably already have the book by the time you read this.