Title: Night Tiger
Author: Yangsze Choo
Publication Date: 2019
Publishing House: Flatiron Books
It has been a while since I did a Book of the Month box review. I’m a bit behind on my reading. Night Tiger is actually my January Book of the Month…oops but better late than never.
Night Tiger follows the intertwining stories of Ji Lin and Ren. She is caught up in secrets beginning with helping her mother pay down her mahjong dept and Ren is trying to keep a promise to his last master and friend. This book is in part a historical fiction with the setting, expats, and local superstitions. On the other had this is a fairy tale from Malaya with luck and ghosts and stories of darker things.
Choo some how manages to effortlessly combine the historical with the fairy story. Interlacing the ideas first as old stories to be disregarded before giving them a life of their own. The book also looks at traditions: what a woman should be, how she should behave. Hints and rumors follow the British expats of the story, making their mysterious secrets as desirable to find the truth of as the reality behind the tiger in the jungle.
This book did start a bit slow but once it got going I could not put it down. Suggested for those who like historical fiction, fairy tales, the non-squeamish and for those who enjoy learning about other cultures and superstitions.