The cool thing about reviewing on WordPress is that I can review a short story only – not have to use the entry for a whole collection! I understand Goodread’s reasons but sometimes it is frustrating!
Another amazing story from the most exciting new writer I have read this year. This is an earlier effort from 2014.
Isa dies in a tragic accident at the mill. She yearns for her dead husband, (killed in the war) but her main priority in protecting their orphaned daughters from a life at the mill. Her ghostly love encircles them.
I don’t think I can say more without spoiling this evocative and stunning story.
“The problem with the dead was that they all wanted someone to listen to them.”
Now, I wouldn’t have thought this was my sort of read at all, but it shows how wrong you can be.
More than what I was expecting as I knew there would be the fantastic and paranormal,this was also a (somewhat tepid) romance and a murder mystery. Ms Choo’s use of evocative language is assured – quite amazing that this book was a debut. Ms Choo allows us to pick delicately through Li Lan’s complicated beliefs – every bit as complicated as life in nineteenth century Malaya would be. I just accepted everything I was shown.
Quite wonderful. I’m only knocking half a star off, because in the middle it dragged a bit & because I guessed the two twists quite easily.
Another quote from this very quotable book
“It was strange to think that power in this world belonged to old men and young women.”
I snapped it up. I saw Ms Goodman speak at a Georgette Heyer conference a few years ago;
and she was a very engaging speaker.
Unfortunately this is a fragment which makes just about zero sense unless you have read the rest of the books. It is well written though, so if I do pick up the rest of the series I may revise my rating. May. I think every piece of published writing should make sense to the reader, no matter where they pick up a series.