This novel can be hard to read. Not only are the social mores different from what we in the United States are used to but what happens to Lily after she is the victim of "child abuse" by her uncle is almost heart breaking. What she did to him--well--she was young to think about it--but he deserved it!! I had a very hard time not routing for her in her quest for a decent education and normalcy. As she sinks deeper and deeper into a psychotic break and extracts her revenge I prayed she would never get caught. It is only with the death of her mother that Tiger Lily can be put to rest.
I'm not sure if there will be a sequel or if there is one already but I will be checking it out. I am curious to see what happens in the years to come in Lily's life.
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Lily was born in south-eastern Isaan near the Mekong River, the only daughter of Chinese-Thais who owned a shop in their small village. Her parents had a close friend that Lily called Uncle who used to smile at her and take her gifts as a small child.
However, when she was just eleven years old the nature of the gifts changed and there was always a price to pay for them that Lily hated. Dare she risk upsetting her parents by telling them about it?
An accident of fate at school gave Lily an idea how to put an end to the problem once and for all and her parents came to realize what had been going on in their daughter's life. Soon after the incident, Lily's father died.
Some said from shame.
Lily herself was given compensation which she wanted to use to change her life. Her decision was to go to University in Bangkok. It was there that she realized that the compensation, which had seemed a fortune in the village, would not be enough to fund her University life in full and she descended into the seamier side of Bangkok life.
A serial killer is taking the life of men in Bangkok and the city is rightly scared. Not only are the men marked in death but a trademark flower is left at the scene of each killing. The press says this is the most frightening serial killer since the cannibal child killer, Si Ouey Sae Urng of the 1950's.
Fear haunts the City and no-one knows who will die next or how the victims are chosen. The police are baffled and the citizens of Bangkok cower behind closed doors fearful for their lives.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Owen Jones was born in Barry, South Wales, where he lived until going to
Portsmouth to study Russian at 18. After finishing his degree, he moved
to s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands where he lived for ten years.
At 32, Owen moved back to Barry to work with in his family's construction
company, first as a painter and then as a director, or, as the bank once
corrected him, a painter and decorator. He was also office manager for
At the age of 50 Owen moved to Thailand to live with a Thai girl that he met while there on holiday. He married the woman and now lives in her village of birth in remote northern Thailand.
As Owen puts it: 'Born in the Land of Song, living in the Land of Smiles'.
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