Book Review: The Curious Kidnapping of Nora W by Cate Green

“Dinora Wojinawski was born on 10th November 1896 and if she makes it to 24th April 2028 (and her doctors are confident) she will be 122 years and 165 days old.”

Cate Green, The Curious Kidnapping of Nora W

Title: The Curious Kidnapping of Nora W
Author: Cate Green
Genres: Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 371 (Kindle)
Publish Date: July 20th, 2023

My Rating: ★★★¾
Reading: 6/5/2023


I can confidently say that I have never read a book that has had a character aged 122. Upon hearing this, I was immediately drawn to the plot.

In a matter of weeks, Nora will become the oldest documented living person. Her family wants to throw her a party, but this doesn’t come without a list of demands. Meanwhile, Nora decides to leave the nursing home to live with her caretaker Arifa. Though from different times and wars, there is a kinship with the fellow refugee.

I liked a lot about this book. It’s a unique plot with wonderful characters. Most importantly, it relays an important message. However, I also struggled with the writing style. The paragraphs had a tendency to trail off without completely finishing the initial thought. This was fairly consistent and made the narration difficult to follow. Nevertheless, the plot and characters do hold their own, making this a worthwhile read.

A huge thanks to HarperCollins UK/One More Chapter for inviting me to read and review the digital ARC through NetGalley!

Likes & Dislikes:

What I liked:

  • A unique plot and characters.
  • The familial themes.

What I didn’t like:

  • Run-on paragraphs and an overall unpolished voice.


This book had me Googling up some of the oldest people who have lived. I applaud any book that gets me looking deeper into the topic at hand!

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