Upon the backdrop of his debut thriller, Twisted Times: Son of Man, Vincent de Paul who’s not relenting on his oars serves us another literary dish garnished with all the requisite ingredients that would leave the reader famished for more like an Oliver Twist.
While reading Inevitable Desires: First Love, which is a continuation of the story of the repentant villain, Kennedy Paul Maina, I thought it was going to be another clichéd love story but boy was I wrong.
Over a decade later after Ken met Hedwig Sanzi Joe as a teenage school girl in the Thika Catholic church where he served as a sacristan, they were now lovers. Heddie fresh out of college got a job as a journo with the Imperial Media Services in Kenya, on the other hand Ken her love interest got kicked out from the Catholic church. He got another job as a chauffeur to the Parish Council Chairman, Richard Ondieki.
Things soon went south when Ken got arrested, he was the prime suspect for the murder of Justin Otieno, a KRA (Kenya Revenue Agency) staff and part of the Catholic church finance committee alongside Ken who was involved in the committee unofficially.
Heddie was scandalized and heart broken when she found out about Ken’s notorious criminal past from Terry, the lawyer in charge of Ken’s trial who knew him while they were in the university. Heddie couldn’t come to terms with Ken’s criminal past, she was crossed at him for leaving her in the dark this made her to doubt his innocence in the crime he was accused of.
She later got married to Joram, The Permanent Secretary to the Minister of State for Finance just to get over Ken. Turned out her wedlock to the PS wasn’t a bed of roses as she had envisaged, she later found out her beloved hubby was screwing her Bestie, Liz, behind closed doors.
While things were falling apart for Heddie, Ken got lucky, Mary Ondieki the wife to his former boss who framed him up came forward to testify against her husband in court. Her testimony plus the evidence she presented in court was enough to get Ken acquitted of the charges levelled against him.
When Heddie learned of Ken’s innocence in the murder trial, and discovered her husband was also involved in the shenanigans that led to Ken’s incarceration coupled with the heartbreak and betrayal he caused her by cheating with her best friend, she decided to take revenge on all those involved.
As much as I enjoyed reading Inevitable Desires, there were some flaws I observed in the narrative. I feel the second part of the book which is a throwback narrated by Heddie was a tad overstretched and it sort of slowed down the pace of the novel, an occasional flashback here and there could have been better while the pace of the story was maintained so the reader doesn’t get bored.
I also observed the characters in the novel didn’t sound like Kenyans rather they sound so American that one might think the story was set in the States in lieu of Kenya. A little bit of code mixing would have added some flavour and indigenous verisimilitude to the story.
Well despite these flaws the story is still a very interesting read, kudos to the writer Vincent de Paul, he deserves some accolades.
About the author
Vincent de Paul is the author of ten books, including three collections of Flashes of Vice, four poetry collections, and a novel. He is also a freelance writer, published on several dailies in Kenya, and his poetry has been published in two anthologies in East and West Africa. He has a diploma in Creative Writing from the Writers Bureau, UK. You can read some of his writings on his blogs: