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The Night Tiger (Paperback, 2020, Da Kuai Wen Hua) 4 stars

Review of 'The Night Tiger' on 'Storygraph'

2 stars

It started out really strong. I enjoyed the first 100 pages or so. Atmospheric setting of colonial 1930s Malaya. A lot of fascinating culture references and old myths that set of a quite gripping plot with lots of mysteries to be uncovered. 
However, it went all downhill from there. This book sabotages itself with the most unnecessary and cringe y romance subplot I have read in a long time. It doesn't help that this slows down the already slow pace of the story even more. It's quite hart to get through at times, when the plot barely advances and we are instead stuck in the inner monologue of our main character <spoiler> lusting after her own (step)brother </spoiler> . 
Also the ending is  a bit over the top and not very believable. At least not to me. <spoiler> Like, is selling old specimens from a dusty storage room really such …