Monday 28 January 2019

Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo (Historical/Magical Realism)

Title: The Night Tiger
Author: Yangsze Choo

Publication Date: 12 February 2019
eBook - PDF
Historical/Magical Realism
ARC via NetGalley

They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk amongst us...

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever.

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.

As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

The Night Tiger was a magical tale that held me captivated from start to finish. I loved the blend of history and folklore which gave the book an aspect of magical realism, and I found both Ren and Ji Lin to be engaging and interesting characters whose stories I keenly wished to uncover. The prose was a delight to read, and the pacing was deftly handled, making this a real page-turner. I would definitely be keen to read more from Yangsze Choo in the future, and I recommend this book for fans of historical fiction with a supernatural/magical twist.

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