,,Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.’’
As the synopsis says, the story follows the Lee family who are grieving over the loss of a daughter/sister. We have: Lydia – who was found dead in a lake, Hannah – the youngest daughter of the Lee family, Nathan/Nath – who is the only son, Marilyn and James Lee.
Their family is a mixed race family and the story goes back to past and present. To the struggles of not being white and more. Each member of the family is deeply saddened about Lydia’s death. The characters are really well thought of. For example, we have Marilyn who is the mother of the three children. Her mother had always told her that a woman should cook, bake and take care of the children but Marilyn didn’t like her view of living a life. Marilyn wanted to become a doctor, to be something more than just a house-wife. Now I know that I said that this will be a spoiler-free review, so this may be a tiny spoiler. If you want to know the reason why Lydia is the favourite child look at the spoiler: [The reason why Lydia is Marilyn’s favourite child is because she didn’t succeed in her goal. When she left the family to continue her studies she was happy but the she started missing her family. When she found out that she was pregnant with the third child – Hannah, she had to get back to her family. Lydia promised if her mother gets back she will do whatever she says. Lydia wanted to please her mother so she began to read books about biology, to play doctor, to do math with her mother who ignored Nath.] How Ng wrote thorough characters, in my opinion, is really smart.
,,They never discussed it, but both came to understand it as a promise: he would always make sure there was a place for her. She would always be able to say, Someone is coming. I am not alone.”
This is a story about family, jealousy and life of a mixed race household in the 70’s. I couldn’t put this novel down. Even when I made breaks from reading I always thought about the characters and what will happen next. Now, I could talk about this book more but it would get spoilery so I won’t say more except for this:
This novel is very complex and smartly written. I loved and felt for all of the characters in the novel. Each and every one of them had layers and their own personality.
I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy Adult/Mystery genre.