I just finished this after seeing it recommended on here loads.
I was absolutely loving it until they leave the mission, but after that I lost interest, does anyone else feel like the last section is too long and could've been half the length?
And I was disappointed no chapter was told from the fathers perspective, no matter how crazy, violent, misguided he clearly was I felt like he should've had a voice too. I kept going to the end expecting that, or another chapter from Ruth May, after the discussions with the Congolese about how people's souls are still with them after they die.
I think that I understand what you are saying - I've read it twice. However, on the second reading, I got a different viewpoint, which made the second half more powerful - the way in which BK is lambasting the US for its' involvement in the Congo. I didn't get that bit at all the first time around. I think that this is really what she wanted to write about and that the characters are the vehicle. Clearly it's an attempt to express something very important to her.