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Welcome back to day four of our What the River Knows readalong. We left Inez, Whit and co at such an interesting point, I can’t wait to see what’ll happen today!
Today we’re reading from Capítulo Veintidós (Chapter 22) to the end of Capítulo Veintineuve (Chapter 29). Buckle in and let’s goooo!
Don’t forget you’ve finished today’s section, catch up with me in the comments down below so we can discuss the book. Can’t wait to hear what you’re all thinking!
Please be warned, the following section will include spoilers for What the River Knows by Isabel Ibañez from Capítulo Veintidós (Chapter 22) to Capítulo Veintineuve (Chapter 29). Please only read on if you have finished this section!
Major plot twist! Inez’s mother… is alive. DUN DUN DUNNNN!
Something about this feels a bit off though. You’re telling me a mother would let their child mourn her knowing the pain it would cause her? Could she not even write?
So Lourdes has been trying to stop Ricardo from participating in Tradesman’s Gate. That part kind of sounds legit… but her mother didn’t even know her father was sending Inez Cleopatra’s ring? That makes me think she’s maybe not as trustworthy as Inez believes. She also seems more than happy to put Inez in harms way considering she believes Ricardo to be dangerous. All we have is instruction from Lourdes that Inez must continue to act normal with her uncle.
Anyway, back to the relationship dramaaaaaaa! Whit finds her and wants to talk about last night. Ohhh dear, he doesn’t want to talk about what happened between them but rather… who was in her room. He heard them! As Inez walks further into the temple to try and escape the conversation, a big bout of magic hits her… Have they found Cleopatra?
Ricardo finds them, and he seems genuinely quite panicked at the thought of having lost Inez? Fairies, I can’t with this, something isn’t adding up and for the life of me I can’t work out who to believe!
Hm, hm, hm. Inez’s mum is making BIG claims. Ricardo MURDERED Inez’s father? That’s done it for me, I don’t trust her, I don’t believe for a second if she cared about Inez she would leave her with someone she believes to be capable of harm, regardless of whether they’re family. She’s shifty, your honour!!!!
Now she wants Inez to start STEALING for her, and a sheet of paper of all things? Inez open your eyes! You really think your mother would want you to steal from a person she thinks murdered the love of her life??? It’s not flying with me! (Can you tell how into this story I am though I am feeling a great many THINGS.)
Inez knows she’s stealing away with Lourdes, so seeks her last opportunity to be honest with Whit. She tells him she’s attracted to him, just as she’s about to walk away… he tells her it goes both ways. ✨eyebrow wiggle✨
We’re introduced to Inez’s mother’s friend, who is apparently going to help them escape. I say apparently because HER MOTHER BERTRAYED HER. She’s taken off with the artefacts and left Inez in the lurch.
How can she go back to the group now? How can she go back and tell them not only did she betray them, but she let her run off with all those artefacts?
Shocker, Whit says her entire story was a lie to get Inez to do what she wanted.
Abdullah and Ricardo are in agreement, they’ll open the tomb and then they’ll go after the artefacts, and Inez will not be going with them.
Ok, now I’m emotional. Whit and Inez do a little gift exchange, she drew him a picture but needs a pencil to sign it, when he goes to pull a pencil out of his pocket, the button she lost on the day they met falls out with it. He kept it the entire time. He’s says they’ll always be friends, him and Inez, BUT Whit has been engaged since 10 years old.
At this point, could things get any worse? Lorena and Amaranta have written to Inez. Elvira is missing. Inez declares she has to go back to Buenos Aires immediately and Whit seems kind of gutted. Ricardo agrees to take Inez back to Cairo, and then Whit says he needs to go too. The whole crew is disbanding!
Did you guess Inez’s mother was a traitor?
What do you think will happen now Inez is heading home?
Do you trust Ricardo now?
What a section! I knew I was right not to trust her mother! What a slithery little snake.
I’m so nervous to see what’ll happen in this final section, see you then!