Black Water Sister

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eBook, 400 pages

English language

Published June 9, 2021 by Penguin Random House.

ISBN:
978-1-5098-0002-5
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4 stars (2 reviews)

As Jessamyn packs for Malaysia, it’s not a good time to start hearing a bossy voice in her head. Broke, jobless and just graduated, she’s abandoning America to return ‘home’. But she last saw Malaysia as a toddler – and is completely unprepared for its ghosts, gods and her eccentric family’s shenanigans.

Jess soon learns her ‘voice’ belongs to Ah Ma, her late grandmother. She worshipped the Black Water Sister, a local deity. And when a business magnate dared to offend her goddess, Ah Ma swore revenge. Now she’s decided Jess will help, whether she wants to or not.

As Ah Ma blackmails Jess into compliance, Jess fights to retain control. But her irrepressible relative isn’t going to let a little thing like death stop her, when she can simply borrow Jess’s body to make mischief. As Jess is drawn ever deeper into a world of peril and family secrets, …

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.