Femi Kayode trained as a clinical psychologist in Nigeria, before starting a career in advertising. He has created and written several prime-time TV shows. He recently graduated with a distinction from the UEA Creative Writing programme and is currently a PhD candidate at Bath Spa University. He lives in Windhoek, Namibia with his wife and two sons.
A superb novel - so inventive and so well done. It's just brilliant -- Harriet Tyce Gripping, beautifully written and unlike anything else you'll read -- William Ryan What a sensational debut. Confident, beautifully-paced writing. Dr Philip Taiwo is a protagonist I want to meet again, and the setting is so well-drawn. Intelligent, suspenseful and utterly engrossing -- Will Dean Thrillingly good. Femi Kayode takes crime fiction - very literally - to new places ... Told from the perspective of a returning expatriate, Lightseekers takes us deep into the rich complexities of contemporary Nigeria -- William Shaw An original and fast-paced thriller that masterfully explores the smoldering historical tensions underpinning modern-day Nigeria, the role of social media, and the complexities of family, friendship and belonging -- Lauren Wilkinson An important story masterfully told -- Leye Adenle An absolutely cracking debut - fresh, unique and beautifully written, a sure-fire candidate for next year's big prizes. In a time when travel is nigh-on impossible, it's wonderful to be transported to another world in such a vivid and memorable fashion -- Trevor Wood [A] page-turner * Cosmopolitan * The gripping tale of the mystery of three young students who are brutally murdered in a Nigerian university town -- Best Books 2021 * Independent * These brand new releases for 2021 will certainly keep you on your toes, promising spine-chilling twists and turns in their pages ... the first in a major new crime series -- Eight Gripping New Novels * Metro * This debut has an intriguing setting - the Nigerian countryside; an engaging fish-out-of-water hero in Dr Philip Taiwo, recently returned after living in the US for years; and a smart plot centring on a covered-up murder -- 75 of the best books for 2021 * iNews * Transporting us to Nigeria, this is an atmospheric, vivid and beautifully written mystery that oozes with intrigue, and a brilliant first novel from the winner of the 2019 UEA Crime Writing Prize * Dead Good Books * The standout thriller of the month ... A stunning murder mystery ... The suspense is expertly handled * Independent * This ambitious debut combines the story of a fish out of water with a gung-ho thriller ... Femi Kayode is an atmospheric writer -- Mark Sanderson * The Times * Femi Kayode offers a frightening picture of a society divided between rich and poor, educated and not, in which corruption and cruelty are practised at all levels and noble intentions are often subverted * Literary Review * A carefully crafted, subtly powerful piece of psychological crime. The first in the Philip Taiwo series of books, Lightseekers has a style and central character with the potential to run and run * Living Magazine * A brilliantly drawn thriller set against the backdrop of Nigerian culture and politics * Heat *