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Shorn Lambs of the City by Pamela Sinkamba

Shorn Lambs of the City is the sequel to Pamela’s first book Deflowered. It carries on where the first novel left off and we get introduced to Flora who was a baby in the previous book. However, do not be concerned if you have not yet read Deflowered as Pamela does a good job in recapping important elements of the previous novel. Shorn Lambs of the City continues to touch on the topic of defilement and the abuse of young girls in the compound known as Shanghai. We are introduced to Mama Rose who owns a brothel and the individuals who patronise the place.
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Cover of Shorn Lambs of the City
Pamela also adds sub-plots into this tale which include revenge, betrayal, lies and forgiveness. This is all wrapped in the 125 paged book and we get introduced to a number of interesting characters throughout. This novel has a strong topic that is currently affecting our society. Men with financial resources taking advantage of innocent helpless girls are clearly detested by the way Pamela portrays them in her novel. There is the added spin, as an inspector attempts to expose this human trafficking syndicate that has been created. It is clear to see that Pamela wanted to send out a number of messages while writing this book. This is in the way she was able to intertwine the vices that are often overlooked in our society into Shorn Lambs of the City.

This novel had some elements that fell through the cracks though. Pamela’s attempts to include too many sub-plots affected the development of many of the characters. Many of the characters in this novel were glossed over. Also in an attempt to have the shock value, certain aspects of the novel did not seem believable such as the coincidences of Salimai’s discovery of her father, and then the discovery of the relationship between Jamie and Flora and how Jenny always eavesdropped at the right time. I could not help but sense the urge that Pamela was telling us how to feel towards certain characters in the novel rather than letting us develop our own emotions towards the characters based on what she was showing us. A better job could also have been done in creating the settings of the places, making use of textures, smells, shades of colour, furniture, infrastructure and noises would have contributed to the fullness of the environment.

Pamela should be applauded for taking on such sensitive topics and finding a way to weave them into a novel. It is an easy read and the sub-plots are enough to make you want to know how the story develops. However, this novel could have been knitted better had the author spent a little more time in wholly developing the main characters and reducing on the number of sub-plots for a 125 paged novel. It is hoped that Pamela’s future novels will take a more showing rather than telling approach.
Rating: 6/10
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