“When people talked about being lucky, perhaps they simply wanted to feel powerful, as though they could manipulate fate.”
Presenting (in best circus announcer voice): The amazing! The incredible! The completely unexplainable novel!
So this book.
I cannot even try to explain what in the ever loving monkey pants type of book this is.
It is mythological.
It is romantic.
It is a thriller.
It is a mystery.
It is religious.
It is magic.
It is …
The Night Tiger is truly a story that incapsulates all the above genres and does it without being a 700+ page nightmare. How? I dunno. But it works.
This is another book that didn’t capture my impatient self at first. I had to calm down a bit and give it its due time. Glad I did because it is one of those stories that feels slow, maybe a little boring, maybe a little confusing, but somehow you can’t stop reading? (I’m the only one who experiences this? Probably).
It was just such an incredible adventure.
And the love story … slow burn and all the heart eyes.
The Night Tiger explores 1930s colonial Malaysia (or Malaya then) – a lush, tropical setting that I’ve never been to before. I highly recommend google searching some imagery to really set the tone for your imagination — especially of the architecture and the Batu Gajah General Hospital (where a lot the book takes place).
Once again we’ve got a fierce, independently powerful woman protagonist trying to carve space for herself in a world that damn near makes it impossible. While trying to untangle a complicated mystery and possessing a …. severed finger? I always gravitate to stories with powerful women. It keeps us remembering where we have come from and where we still need to go.
This book simply amazed me. I never knew where it was going to twist next and I was so wrapped up in the lush setting, the mythology, the mystery and the romance.
Definitely a favourite of 2019. Read it.