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Second Sister

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Chan Ho-Kei’s The Borrowed was one of the most acclaimed international crime novels of recent years, a vivid and compelling tale of power, corruption, and the law spanning five decades of the history of Hong Kong. Now he delivers Second Sister, an up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Grove Press, Black Cat (first published July 31st 2017)
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Jessica Woodbury
I really enjoyed THE BORROWED but didn't like this one quite as much. Still, it has a solid hook and for readers who enjoy twisty, intricate mysteries.

SECOND SISTER centers on N, who is a Sherlock-ian character, if Sherlock was a hacker. I haven't seen many mysteries that use technology as well as this one does. With that said, the biggest weakness of the book is how much time is spent explaining things to us. Our protagonist, Nga-Yee, has hired N to find who drove her sister to suicide. An
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ambientazione interessante, ma sebbene mi renda conto della necessità di fornire informazioni su tecnologia, privacy, mercati digitali ho trovato le pagine e pagine che si accumulavano francamente eccessive.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Impressive background information on internet, hacking, privacy.
Eseink Kuo
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Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

When it is snowy and cold outside, superspeed readers like me can read 150 - 200+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. LOL

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .

Chan Ho-Kei’sThe Borrowed was one of the most acclaimed international crime
Madhuri Palaji
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Second Sister originally written by Chan Ho-Kei and translated to English by Jeremy Tiang is a crime novel set in Hong Kong. The story is very compelling. The author has intelligently put various lifestyles, working conditions, family lives, digital world, crime, corruption, everything into this story which will make the reader pause for a bit.

Nga-Yee is a hardworking young woman trying to provide food, shelter and education for her fifteen year old sister, Siu-Man. The sudden death of Siu-Man
Julie G
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Are you brave enough to die?" - Siu Man's killer

The premise for this book follows the oldest daughter in a family of two, Nga-Yee, who loses her younger sister to suicide. The problem is Nga-Yee doesn't believe her sister would do such a thing and as the story progresses, she begins her own investigation into the darkness behind her sister's death and to the possibility that someone had purposefully targeted her sister. Bigger questions arise, such as why was her sister being targetted and
Eloise Robbertze
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei is a fascinating crime-thriller novel in so many respects. The cultural descriptions of Hong Kong and its digitized population creates an almost dystopian ambiance.

It covers themes ranging from crime and punishment (what is suitable and who should determine who’s guilty?) to internet piracy and privacy (are we all journalists now that we can post what we want, went we want, no matter the truth or fake news?) to pedophiles and their victims.

Online bullying, trolls,
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

If you like dark and twisty, this is for you. This complex cat and mouse mystery explores grief, revenge, bullying and the power (and abuse) of the internet. I audibly gasped at least twice and be prepared to stay up late to finish this deceptive page turner.

I received an arc from the publisher but all opinions are my own.
Andrea Kelly
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I found this book very repetitive. With Nga-Yee constantly questioning N and everything he was doing, along with his constant insults to her; I found myself able to skip ahead and miss nothing. The book had a good premise. I just didn't care for the characters.
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Chan Ho-Kei 陳浩基 was born and raised in Hong Kong. He has worked as software engineer, scriptwriter, game designer and editor of comic magazines. His writing career started in 2008 at the age of thirty-three, with the short story ‘The Case of Jack and the Beanstalk,’ which was shortlisted for the Mystery Writers of Taiwan Award. He went on to win the award again the following year with ‘The Locked ...more
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