PIGMENT (PIGMENT #1)

by Renee Topper

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Synopsis

"Superbly written, darkly intriguing, PIGMENT by @StoryMatter is a #mustread #thriller with a real twist!" - BookViral

Winner of the LYRA Award for Mystery / Suspense / Thriller

International Book Awards Finalist in the Fiction: Cross Genre Category

Young American Aliya Scott travels to Tanzania to help children with her condition. There, people without pigment in their skin are called “zeru-zeru,” it means “ghost,” and they are believed to possess magical powers. When Aliya goes missing, her father sets out on a mission to find her. He soon discovers that she was up to more than teaching the alphabet and handing out sunblock. With each step, he learns more about his daughter and a country rooted in ancestry, rich with resources, full of mystery and conflict, and a world of witch doctors and foreign plundering, with little transparency and less justice. From the shadow of the Mukuyu Tree, he follows her “ghost” to the head of the dragon in Europe. But will he reach Aliya before it is too late?

Story Elements

Ratings Factors

Language: Minor profanity used occasionally
Sexual Content: Sexual acts implied but not described
Target Audience Age: 18+ (Adult only, inappropriate for children)
Violence: Major violence, death

Setting

Geography: Tanzania
Realism: Consistent with real world, no magic, no unachieved science
Setting Type: Wilderness/Desert/Other outdoors
Time Period: 2010 - 2019 (Present day)

Main Character

Age: Adult
Gender: Other or N/A
Race: Sub-Saharan African
Religion: Irrelevant
Sexual Preference: Heterosexual

Styles & Themes

Humor: Serious
Inspires Reader to Feel: Politically or Socially Motivated
Mysteries & Puzzles: Thought-provoking puzzles tangentially related to story
Pacing: Moves quickly
Physical Action: Minor and occasional action
Political/Social Commentary: Story includes metaphors for social or political theme(s)
Romance: Minor romance, not a significant story driver
Genre Mystery
 
Mysteries & Puzzles:
  • Significant mystery(ies) are core to driving the story
  • Thought-provoking puzzles tangentially related to story
  • Puzzles or clues that reader could use to solve mystery(ies) of story

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About the author

Renee Topper

Renée Topper is a storyteller in all forms. As an award-winning novelist and producer, she digs deep to find the heart and soul of a tale and devise the best means to convey them. She implements a social and scientific approach to story-crafting, first looking at issues in society and researching them, then asking “What if…?” to strategize the best story solution. She has worked as a speechwriter, marketing and communications strategic advisor, a development executive and as a content and series producer. Currently leading creative lab Story Matter, Topper is developing a documentary series on Trauma, writing PIGMENT Book 2 and prepping releases for the Audiobook of PIGMENT Book 1 and the launch of the SUNSET BLUES Book Series. She welcomes reviews. Visit http://storymatter.com/ for social links, direct contact information and to learn more.