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'"WAHALA" means trouble and there's plenty of it' GUARDIAN
'Full of food, humour and pitch-perfect observation' STYLIST
'All the ride-or-die realness of female friendship' RED MAGAZINE
Three 'perfect' lives (or so they pretend).
Here comes Trouble
Ronke wants Happily Ever After and 2.2. kids. She's dating Kayode and wants him to be 'the one'. Her friends think he's just another in a long line of dodgy Nigerian boyfriends.
Boo has just what Ronke wants - a kind husband, a gorgeous child. But she's frustrated, unfulfilled, and desperate to remember who she used to be.
Simi is the golden one with the perfect lifestyle and a career. No one knows she's crippled by impostor syndrome and tempted to pack it all in each time her boss mentions her 'urban vibe.' Her husband thinks they're trying for a baby. She's not.
When the high-flying, charismatic Isobel explodes into the group, she seems to bring out the best in each woman. But the more Isobel intervenes, the more chaos she sows, until Ronke, Simi, and Boo's lifelong friendship begins to crack. How close to the edge will she push them?
READERS ARE OBSESSED WITH WAHALA
'This book is absolute fire. I could not put it down. Fantastically written, the story is so engaging and tense. Sexy, dark, addictive. What an incredible novel' ***** Reader review
'Dark and addictive with a surprising twist (that i won't give away!) and Nikki's writing is completely flawless' *****
'I couldn't believe it was a debut. I couldn't put it down. Nikki May has written a fantastic story of friendship, revenge and jealousy' *****
'Wonderful characters with plenty of rich and vibrant detail of their shared culture from hair to food' *****
Wow, what a debut! I was left wanting more - more of Ronke, Boo and Simi and more of Nikki's brilliant writing about food and friendship. Warm and fun, I loved watching the more sinister side to the story emerge. Fantastic!A funny, tragic, piercing portrait of modern women and friendship written in glittering and discerning proseWAHALA delivers! Nikki's style is warm and comforting on one page and razor-sharp on the next. There's a twist folks, and it's not one I saw coming.Sometimes it's not enough to just read a novel, you actually want to climb inside it. I adored hanging out with Ronke, Boo and Simi and I miss them already.Bold, juicy and real! WAHALA is tense and powerful, it's friendship at its best and its worst, and it's THE book to read this year!Sharp, precise, unapologetic, modern. In one word, Exquisite!Dazzling and bursting with life. WAHALA is as joyous, complex and all-encompassing as female friendship itself. I loved it.LOVED Wahala. Funny and sharp - I completely fell in love with the characters. Definitely one to add to your listDark, fresh, compelling - all about female friendship and with an outstanding cast of vibrant loveable (and not-so-loveable) charactersFast-paced and filled with witty dialogue, and the book explores the depth and complexity of friendships between womenWildly entertainingI LOVED this absolute cracker of a book about the cuckoo in the next and a toxic female friendship. Highly recommendedI loved hanging out with Ronke, Simi and Boo. A brilliant portrayal of how complicated friendships can sometimes beThis story draws you in and spits you out, breathless. Echoes of Atwood's The Robber Bride but so its own thing. A treat.A heady mix of friendship, dark comedy and murder. WAHALA is razor-sharpMay's nuanced exploration of race and gender makes this refreshing. This will leave readers intrigued to see what May does nextA terrific, witty debutWAHALA hooked me from page one and kept me enthralled till the (TWIST!) end. A riot of colour and noise, friendships, enemies, secrets, lies and soul food. Written with a lightness of touch. Insightful, clever, and honest. I will read anything and everything she writesThis gripping debut is a journey of friendship, revenge and finding your true selfNikki May builds a propulsive reading experience as she slowly reveals Isobel's manipulations while keeping the reasons behind them hidden. Compelling character studies of each of the women don't shy away from the jealousies and judgements that sometimes make the line between friend and enemy razor thin...A fascinating look at the dark side of female friendshipA funny brilliant readThis will satisfy hungry appetites and blow your thriller taste buds. Deliciously spicyNikki May's sharp and funny debut novel is a delight on many levels. WAHALA bursts with life from start to finishMay seamlessly weaves love, betrayal, self-reflection, and Nigerian food, clothing, and customs into this fast-paced debut...Fans of domestic suspense will revel in this tale of friendship, family, and forgiveness, set in the cultural milieu of LagosSharp and darkly wittyA rapid and wildly hilarious page-turnerA hotly tipped debut for 2022WAHALA combines a frank and daring exploration of modern female friendship with a dark, punchy thrillerFabulously funMay's skill for weaving together entertaining personal problems with a wistfulness for Nigerian food, customs and culture is unparalleled. WAHALA is hard to put down - an energetic, entertaining interrogation of a fundamentally flawed friendshipRefreshing and original. ExhilaratingContemporary female friendship goes glam in this lively debut novel with remarkable depthI would definitely recommend this book to friends. I already have!Sharply observed ... sophisticated and culturally adept ... May is a masterful chronicler of Black upper-middle-class lie and ennui in Britain. WAHALA is both great fun and extremely smart in how it captures some of the central issues in modern city living: women's evolving roles in home and work, interracial relationships and multicultural identity, the current competition that runs through so many friendships and daily interactions and, most of all, how easily intimacy can morph into enmityThis gripping debut is a journey of friendship, revenge and finding your true selfWitty-wity-edge. Its humour is pin sharpA dazzling, rich and efferverscent read. It's relevant and full of life. The killer edge was unexpectedly shocking. Just fantastic in every wayA glorious readSpicy as Aunty K's moin moin, satisfying as a plate of Ronke's jollof ricePacy, fun and gripping ... May wanted to write "a brown Sex and the City, or a brown Big Little Lies" - we reckon WAHALA could be just as bigLike "Sex and the City" but set in London. And with mystery. And murderThe upshot is a funny, slightly murdery story about three women and their wahala, or "trouble" - their boyfriends, their professional aspirations, and their weavesThe novel's strength lies in May's attention to her main character's identities. May's breezy prose is well-suited to these moments of casual intimacy, unfolding over drinks, at the hairdresser's or at the kitchen table, where all the best gossip takes placeWAHALA combines a frank and daring exploration of modern female friendship with a dark, punchy thrillerSome of the smartest reading fun I've had all year