The Night Tiger Author:Yangsze Choo Quick-witted, ambitious Ji Lin is stuck as an apprentice dressmaker, moonlighting as a dancehall girl to help pay off her mother’s Mahjong debts. But when one of her dance partners accidentally leaves behind a gruesome souvenir, Ji Lin may finally get the adventure she has been longing for. — Eleven-year-old houseboy Ren is also on a missio... more »n, racing to fulfill his former master’s dying wish: that Ren find the man’s finger, lost years ago in an accident, and bury it with his body. Ren has 49 days to do so, or his master’s soul will wander the earth forever.
As the days tick relentlessly by, a series of unexplained deaths racks the district, along with whispers of men who turn into tigers. Ji Lin and Ren’s increasingly dangerous paths crisscross through lush plantations, hospital storage rooms, and ghostly dreamscapes.« less
This dark provacative story captivated me. Ren and Ji Lin search for their place in 1930s Malaya where class and sex define you and predict your future. There stories are interwoven, every other chapter is told from each of their points of view. There is a bit of Chinese/Malayan magic and myth so sometimes the truth is blurred. However, the folklore leads you to think that you know who the killer, but the ending is unexpected. It's also the story of secrets--secrets that we keep from our family and friends. Even those secrets that we keep from ourselves. There is an underlying love story. The ending is satisfying.