Book Review: Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei

April 5, 2020 Book review 5 ★★★★

Guys, Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei was such a unique read. Set in Hong Kong, it features a twenty three year old woman seeking revenge for her sister’s untimely death.

Book Review: Second Sister by Chan Ho-KeiSecond Sister by Chan Ho-Kei, Jeremy Tiang
Published by Head of Zeus on February 18, 2020
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 496
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Nga-Yee, a librarian, lives a quiet life with her fifteen-year-old sister Siu-Man. After a difficult, impoverished upbringing and the deaths of their parents, they are finally finding a bit of stability. Then one day, Nga-Yee comes home to find her teenage sister has jumped to her death.

Was it suicide, or was she pushed? And does it have anything to do with a recent trip on the Hong Kong subway which left Siu-Man silent and withdrawn? Nga-Yee cannot rest until she knows the truth about her sister – even if that means tracking down her sister's friends one by one and making them confess.

Part detective novel, part revenge thriller, Second Sister explores themes of sexual harassment, internet bullying and teenage suicide – and vividly captures the zeitgeist of Hong Kong today.

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My thoughts on Second Sister

I’ve lots of love for this book, as it matches a very unlikely timid hard-working heroine with a moody cyber spy. Watching their respect for each grow was in turns unsettling and perfection.

The underlying themes of cyberbullying, twisted revenge, corruption, and social media abuse made this a thrilling read, as I just needed to know what happened next. I did find the pace at the start a little slow, but it was necessary to sketch out the family history and explain the social situation in Hong Kong. After that I definitely had no complaints about a slow pace.

Everything in Hong Kong seems to be eye-wateringly expensive, life appears fast-paced and crowded, and I thought it added a vibrant and exciting backdrop to plot. I loved the hide and seek hunt through social media sites, and it raised some interesting moral dilemmas too.

Dark and deadly secrets are hidden deep within the dark web and our duo have to dig them up and then dish out just deserts.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Thumbs up for this one.

Who should read Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei?

Highly recommended if you enjoy books that feature gossip and revenge set deep within the dark underbelly of the internet. Fans of authors such as Harlan Coben and Catherine Ryan Howard should also enjoy. A huge highlight for me was the Hong Kong backdrop, so if these also appeals to you, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book too.


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5 Responses to “Book Review: Second Sister by Chan Ho-Kei”

  1. Cindy

    I love these types of books and will look for this one at my library. Great review and thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  2. Lola

    That makes sense the pace was a bit slow to start with everything it needed to set up. It sure sounds like this was a compelling read. And I like the sound of how it features such an unlikely duo of characters. And the Hong Kong setting sounds well done. Great review!

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