Ren’s master has passed and his final request is that Ren finds his missing finger, and places it in his grave before the 49 days are over so his soul can move to the next life.
Ji-Lin is dancing with a man when he drops a vial out of his coat that contains a finger.
In that moment Ren and Ji-Lin’s paths are connected but little do they know that their connection is much more heavily rooted.
Ren finds himself working for William Acton now, who was the doctor that amputated his previous master’s finger, he must now search the house and the hospital to find the finger before it is too late.
It is not an easy task, as fear rushes through the area when tiger tracks are spotted, the paw mark is close to the house and shows the tiger is missing a claw. The pressure mounts on Ren as he hears the stories, superstitions and beliefs of the locals who believe in weretigers and ghost animals.
Meanwhile Ji-Lin’s trying to return the finger but with a chain of bad luck seeming to happen, she has to ask her stepbrother; Shin, for help in discovering where the finger belongs. Each time she sleeps she dreams of a boy at a train station and it seems so real… how is it all connected?
I can tell you right now, this story is an instant classic. It’s one of those stories you just know the majority of your friends, book chums and family will enjoy. It’s difficult to even tie it to one specific genre! I’ve mentioned before about hybrid genres that pull on many aspects of multiple genres, and The Night Tiger is another prime example that would slot into it. It touches on so many different topics that it makes it so versatile for readers to love.
Choo’s writing style is sweepingly descriptive and utterly absorbing, I felt like I was having a love affair with this story as the words were so alluring and created such an intimate setting for the reader to fully appreciate the unique and cleverness of this plot.
The weaving of subplots and interlinking of the characters added an underlying depth to the pages, keeping me intrigued.
Being set in Malaya (Malaysia) during the 1930s, the book also provides such incredible insight to this era – it’s very atmospheric: full of the food, the scenery, the culture and the relationships between master and servant.
Intriguing, mystical and powerful. Very easy to recommend, to so many!
The Night Tiger is out now in hardback and eBook versions by Quercus.
*I am extremely grateful to Quercus for providing me with a copy to review, which I picked up at a blogging event*
Until next time, Chloé x