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The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry
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Jun 03, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: arc-review-copy
Recommended to Kirsty by: Waterstones Giveaway!
Read in June, 2009

I really enjoyed this book. It follows the story of a British family, living in Hong Kong during the time when the British ruled. In particular, it follows the story of Alice - the unwanted daughter - who is deeply troubled and becomes the host for the ghost of a Chinese girl murdered by the Japanese. We follow her as she tries to find her place in the world, whilst carrying around the 'ghosts' of the past.

The title would lead you to believe that this is a ghost story. It is, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, it is much more than that. There is a deeper meaning behind this book, which I can't really go into without giving the plot away, however I can say that it focuses on the consequences of our actions.

The writing flows and the description is vivid. The different viewpoints add depth and excellent characterisation to the story. They also help to keep the book interesting and the plot moves along at a good speed.

The final few pages, for me, really hit home. The final paragraph was one that will stay with me and it gave a different outlook on the whole book.

A great debut novel! Looking forward to reading more from this author.
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05/28/2009 page 1
05/29/2009 page 64
16.45% "Good so far - enjoying the different viewpoints." 1 comment
06/01/2009 page 220
56.56% "This is an interesting book, would make a good book club choice - plenty for discussion." 1 comment
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Boof I must read mine soon too!

Kirsty You should! It was a great story... it got better as it went on too.

navi Great review, this was such a fantastic book. And your right about the ending, really does stay with you!

Kirsty Thanks! :)

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