Black Water Sister


paperback, 384 pages

Published May 10, 2021 by Ace.

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4 stars (2 reviews)

A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy.

When Jessamyn Teoh starts hearing a voice in her head, she chalks it up to stress. Closeted, broke and jobless, she’s moving back to Malaysia with her parents – a country she last saw when she was a toddler.

She soon learns the new voice isn’t even hers, it’s the ghost of her estranged grandmother. In life, Ah Ma was a spirit medium, avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now she’s determined to settle a score against a business magnate who has offended the god—and she's decided Jess is going to help her do it, whether Jess wants to or not.

Drawn into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets, Jess finds that making deals with capricious spirits is a dangerous business, but dealing with her …

3 editions

Amazing book, not enough ending

4 stars

I really enjoyed this book. The culture of it was in some ways familiar as Jess seeks to appease her family and has to hide a lot of herself from them. But also loved reading a book set in a country not my own, about experiences and mythology unfamiliar to me. I just wish the ending had felt more... full. It was a great ending, don't get me wrong. I'm just, I like that after-bit. I want it to work out and get to SEE it worked out. The ending does make me wonder if she's planning a sequel, maybe.