Sep 25, 2014

Book Review: Ghost Month by Ed Lin

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Title: Ghost Month by Ed Lin
Published July 29, 2014; Soho
Genre: mystery
Rating: 4.5/5
Book Beginning:
When I found out the girl I was going to marry had been murdered, I was sitting on a foldout stool at a sidewalk noodle shop in Taipei's Da'an District. My mouth went dry, my eyes blurred and I couldn't stop shaking. It was the hottest day in July, and the island's humidity was draped over me like a mourning veil, yet my body went cold and sweaty. Even my skin was crying. (from proof; final copy may differ)
My comments: A suspenseful mystery and a fast read in an atmospheric international setting. I learned a lot about Taipei, Taiwan - its night markets and other tourist areas, the variety of its people, aboriginal and immigrant, and something about its culture, politics, and its relationship with China and Japan.

Publisher's description:
August is Ghost Month in Taiwan-a time to commemorate the dead: burn incense, visit shrines, commemorate ancestors, and avoid unlucky situations, large purchases, and bodies of water.

Jing-nan, a young man who runs a food stand in a Taipei night market, is shocked to learn his ex-girlfriend from high school has been murdered, found shot on the side of a highway where she was selling betel nuts to passing truck drivers. Jing-nan is confused by the news: "betel nut beauties" are usually women in the most desperate of circumstances.

But Julia Huang had been the valedictorian of their high school, and was enrolled in NYU's honor program, far away in New York. Julia's parents beg Jing-nan to do some investigating. Reluctantly, he agrees, but nothing can prepare him for what he learns, or how it will change his life.

Thanks to Soho for a review ARC of this novel.


  1. This does sound compelling. I'm glad you enjoyed your ARC of this novel, Harvee.

  2. I have had the book for over a month, Suko, but just managed to get to it. I enjoyed it and recommend it if you like mysteries.

  3. This sounds very interesting. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  4. This sounds really interesting and a little different that what I usually read. I do like books where you get a more in-depth look at different cultures. I hadn't heard of this one but I'll definitely have to try it!

  5. I love a suspenseful mystery and to do a little traveling while I read is a huge bonus. Even my skin is crying - very descriptive writing.
    sherry @ My Friday Memes

  6. Love the sound of this one! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “FRIENDSWOOD”

  7. Sounds like an excellent story. I'd like to learn more about Taiwan, and that's always fun when it's through the pages of a novel. I'll read this one.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: Coulda Been a Cowboy.

  8. Was it an arranged marriage? How is it that he just "found out" that the girl he was going to marry was dead? So sad; looks like an awesome read though! Your rating helps convince me too :)

    Here's mine:
    Sparrow’s BB & Friday 56


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