They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among 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.
Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.
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The Night Tiger is a wonderfully mesmerising read which is one of my favourite reads of the year so far. The author manages to perfectly blend some fabulous historical details about 1930s Malaya under British rule with some fantastic magical stories and mythology which combined makes for an incredibly enthralling read.
The story alternates between Ji Lin an apprentice dressmaker who moonlights as a dance hall girl to help pay her mother’s debts and Ren a little orphan, servant boy who is on a mission from his old master to return his severed finger to the rest of his body. As soon as we meet the characters and hear their backstory the reader is completely invested in the characters. I felt a lot of sympathy for them and the hard lives they have lead up to now. I wanted to keep reading the story to find out what happens to them.
The story is a very intriguing one and I loved learning more about Malayan culture and some of their mythology, which was fascinating to read about. It’s obviously from fairy early on that Ji Lin and Ren are meant to meet and I really enjoyed watching the two of them come together. Although there isn’t always a lot of action, the story is still very absorbing I think because of the magicial unusual elements that are included. I felt it hard to put the book down as I was so involved in the characters and I wanted to find out what would happen next.
The Night Tiger would make a great book club read as there is lots of things to discuss. It has actually just been chosen as a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick and I thoroughly recommend picking up a copy!
Huge thanks to Quercus for my copy of this book via Netgalley which I received in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
Yangsze Choo is a fourth generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. Due to a childhood spent in various countries, she can eavesdrop (badly) in several languages. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in various corporate jobs and had a briefcase before writing her first novel. THE GHOST BRIDE, set in colonial Malaya and the elaborate Chinese world of the afterlife, is about a peculiar historic custom called a spirit marriage, and was published August 2013 by William Morrow in North America and Hot Key in the UK. Her second novel, THE NIGHT TIGER, will be published February 2019 by Flatiron Books and Quercus (UK).
Yangsze loves to eat and read, and often does both at the same time. She lives in California with her husband and children, and several chickens. Yangsze is represented by literary agent Jenny Bent.