The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger : The Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick

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'The two main characters will captivate you as their paths are destined to cross... you won't be able to put this one down!'
Reese Witherspoon

'I was willingly propelled into a fascinating and exotic world'
Daily Mail

They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among us...

In 1930s colonial Malaya, a dissolute British doctor receives a surprise gift of an eleven-year-old Chinese houseboy. Sent as a bequest from an old friend, young Ren has a mission: to find his dead master's severed finger and reunite it with his body. Ren has forty-nine days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth forever.

Ji Lin, an apprentice dressmaker, moonlights as a dancehall girl to pay her mother's debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir that leads her on a crooked, dark trail.

As time runs out for Ren's mission, a series of unexplained deaths occur amid rumours of tigers who turn into men. In their journey to keep a promise and discover the truth, Ren and Ji Lin's paths will cross in ways they will never forget.

Captivating and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores the rich world of servants and masters, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and unexpected love. Woven through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

'An exuberant medley of magic, romance and weirdness'
The Times

'[A] highly imaginative and a spellbinding read'
Woman's Weekly
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 38mm | 340g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787470474
  • 9781787470477
  • 40,496

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The lyrical prose transports the reader to a dreamlike landscape... Balancing good writing and strong attention to historical detail, the author has created something that is clever and unique * The Lady * Beguiling * USA Today on The Ghost Bride * Sumptuous... full of longing, the pages practically sigh as you turn each one * on The Ghost Bride * A sumptuous garden maze of a novel * Kirkus * A work of incredible beauty. . . astoundingly captivating and striking in its portrayal of love, betrayal, and death, The Night Tiger is a transcendent story of courage and connection * Booklist * Riveting . . . Mythical creatures, conversations with the dead, lucky numbers, Confucian virtues, and forbidden love provide the backdrop for Choo's superb murder mystery * Publishers Weekly * [The] beautifully written interpersonal relationships are a pleasure to read... Paints a luscious view of Malaysian natural surroundings and historical culture * Press Association * This coming-of-age mystery is beautifully written with lush descriptions, characters suffused with the surreal, and a multi layered plot * Historical Novel Society * Takes the reader on a vivid journey through 1930s Malaysia * Woman's Way * Choo is a thrilling writer, evoking high emotion, gripping suspense, and an exquisite sense of time and place with her lyrical, sensual writing and her powerful evocation of the soaring, sizzling landscape * Lancashire Post * Takes the reader on a vivid journey through 1930s Malaysia... a beautifully written, twisty tale * Sunday Post * Takes the reader on a vivid journey through 30s Malaysia * Independent * [A] highly imaginative and a spellbinding read * Woman's Weekly * An exuberant medley of magic, romance and weirdness * The Times * The tale's various twists and beautifully written interpersonal relationships are a pleasure to read * Irish Examiner * A fascinating and exotic world where perception and truth can be interpreted in many ways * Daily Mail * An irresistible page-turner * Saga * Mazey, bewildering, and absolutely brilliant - I loved it * Natasha Pulley, author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street * 'The two main characters will captivate you as their paths are destined to cross... you won't be able to put this one down!' * Reese Witherspoon *
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About Yangsze Choo

Yangsze Choo is a fourth-generation Malaysian of Chinese descent. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Harvard, she worked as a management consultant before writing her first novel, the New York Times bestseller The Ghost Bride. She lives in California with her family and several chickens and loves to eat and read (often at the same time). The Night Tiger would not have been possible without large quantities of dark chocolate.
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15,461 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
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4 45% (6,936)
3 25% (3,819)
2 5% (725)
1 1% (187)
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