Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at an English language school. ...more
The murky underworld of Sydney’s Chinatown district jumps off the pages of Australian author Cath Ferla’s debut novel, Ghost Girls. This riveting crime mystery novel explores the world of international students living in Sydney, exposing a dark side to the lives of students studying, working and living on our shores.
Ghost Girls begins in Sydney, during winter. Sophie Sandilands is a teacher at an English Language school. Sadly, when one of Sophie’s students ...more
Ghost Girls richly evokes the sights, smells, tastes and sounds of Sydney's Chinatown, and imagines dark exploitative demands behind closed suburban doors – AGREE!
This was a fantastic read –dark, edgy, evocative, sparsely but succinctly worded, the edges softened with the sharing of rituals – personal, habitual, cultural.
The settings - so realistic; I don’t recall reading food and culture as such an essential ingredient for setting the scene in a work of crime ...more
Sophie Sandilands is an ELICOS teacher at a well-regarded Sydney language school. When one of her students seemingly commits suicide, the detective side of Sophie's pedigree kicks in and she finds herself drawn into Sydney's seedy and dangerous underbelly, looking for some missing female Chinese students.
Set in inner Sydney, mainly around Chinatown, this book has so much atmosphere I could practically smell it! The story was fast-paced and kept me guessing right up ...more
I actually put the book aside for several months before getting back to it - this ...more
Steeped in the smells and sounds of Sydney’s Chinatown,weighted by the sinister atmosphere of a private world of terrible crimes,Ghost Girlsis a remarkable debut novel.
The combination of plot, character and setting inGhost Girlsis perfectly balanced, and the delivery is pitched elegantly to provide insight into the depths of the depravity of the crimes, without making even the most sensitive reader turn away:Newtown Review of Books...more
Intriguing storyline and subplots.
It was paced well, with enough of a trail of clues and mysterious (traumatic) back-story for the reader to be hungry for more.
Thank you Netgalley the Author and Publisher for a copy of this book.
Cath Ferla has taken the road less travelled in her debut novel, Ghost Girls. The book is set in contemporary Chinatown in Sydney and holds nothing back in its depiction of foreign students caught up in illegal prostitution and sex work as well as visa fraud. This novel feels quite real and is a promising mystery/crime book that contains a very interesting star in protagonist, Sophie Sandilands.
The author of Ghost Girls has worked professionally as a writer for 15 years in a ...more
Sophie Sandilands is part Chinese herself, brought back to the "safety" of Australia from China by ...more
The story centres around Sophie Sandilands, an English language teacher, resident in Sydney, who is of mixed Chinese-European heritage. Sophie has memories of her birth place, Hong Kong, and she has experience teaching English in China. With this ...more
With that said, perhaps most striking about this book is Cath Ferla’s use of smells and tastes, which, in her writing, play a prominent role in the lives of Chinese people in their home country and overseas, in this case Sydney’s Chinatown. Smells and tastes help to shape and give depth to the protagonist Sophie Sandilands, in the context of her mother being an ethnic Chinese from Hong Kong, her housemate and potential ...more
The plot is not very original, but the story moves along briskly, and the setting offers a lot of interesting color. Sophie has ...more
However, that is not the main thrust of this novel which takes the reader on a wild tour of Sydney's Chinatown, which turns out to be tasty at times and downright awful at others. Note: Ferla can certainly capture food, but be warned, ...more
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