Searching for Sylvie Lee (Hardback)
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Searching for Sylvie Lee (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 06/02/2020
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'Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets' Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train and Into the Water

It begins with a mystery. Sylvie, the beautiful, brilliant, successful older daughter of the Lee family, flies to the Netherlands for one final visit with her dying grandmother - and then vanishes.

Amy, the sheltered baby of the Lee family, is too young to remember a time when her parents were newly immigrated and too poor to keep Sylvie. Seven years older, Sylvie was raised by a distant relative in a faraway, foreign place, and didn't rejoin her family in America until age nine. Timid and shy, Amy has always looked up to her sister, the fierce and fearless protector who showered her with unconditional love.

But what happened to Sylvie? Amy and her parents are distraught and desperate for answers. Sylvie has always looked out for them. Now, it's Amy's turn to help. Terrified yet determined, Amy retraces her sister's movements, flying to the last place Sylvie was seen. But instead of simple answers, she discovers something much more valuable: the truth. Sylvie, the golden girl, kept painful secrets . . . secrets that will reveal more about Amy's complicated family - and herself - than she ever could have imagined.

A deeply moving story of family, secrets, identity, and longing, Searching for Sylvie Lee is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive portrait of an immigrant family. It is a profound exploration of the many ways culture and language can divide us and the impossibility of ever truly knowing someone - especially those we love.

Publisher: John Murray Press
ISBN: 9781529398274
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 546 g
Dimensions: 216 x 136 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets * Paula Hawkins *
Gripping and emotionally resonant on every page - a remarkable achievement * Scott Turow *
A wonderful portrait of an immigrant family and one of the best "unputdownable" suspense novels I've read in a long time * Herman Koch *
A heartbreaking, tumultuous ride of a novel that upends our expectations-about family loyalty, cultural identity and the very nature of love itself-at every twist and turn * Julie Otsuka *
Kwok's story spans generations, continents and language barriers, combining old-fashioned Nancy Drew sleuthing with the warmth and heart we've come to expect from this gifted writer * New York Times Book Review *
A moving tale that, while billed as a mystery, transcends the genre . . . This is a beautifully written story in which the author evokes the hard reality of being an immigrant and a woman in today's world * Washington Post *
Such a brilliant smart mystery. The twists, the cultural implications and the family secrets all play out slowly with tantalising risk * iNews *

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KimG9

“a beautiful, insightful story of Chinese and Dutch culture”

Searching for Sylvie Lee grew on me the further I progressed in the book. Initially, I was of a 3/4 star state of mind but felt strongly for all the members of the Lee and Tan families by the close, as Amy's... More

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“Okay!”

I enjoyed this book to a certain degree. I liked the bits of Chinese culture but I didn't feel any emotion towards the characters.

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“Well written debut”

Thanks to NetGalley and The Publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars rounding up

This was book was both a mystery and a story about family dynamics. While I enjoyed reading this it was... More

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