The Majesties (Paperback)Tiffany Tsao (author)
The sole survivor of a familial tragedy sets out to uncover what led her sister to poison their entire family in this engrossing literary thriller, delving deep into the secrets that fester under the glimmering world of Indonesia’s powerful elite.
Gwendolyn and Estella are as close as sisters can be. But now Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor after Estella poisons their entire family.
As Gwendolyn struggles to regain consciousness, she desperately retraces her memories, trying to uncover the moment that led to such a brutal act.
Journeying from the luxurious world of Indonesia's rich and powerful, to the spectacular shows of Paris Fashion Week, and the melting pot of Melbourne's student scene, The Majesties is a haunting novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire - and also bring it crashing down.
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Fresh, sharp, and thrilling... A darkly gorgeous read you won't soon forget. - Tanen Jones, author of The Better Liar
Hints turn to clues turn to evidence of damaging secrets in the privileged world of the Asian superrich, and it turns out that a sisterly bond is no match for the corrupt forces that surround them. Riveting. - Sunday Times Crime Club
A sharply realised page-turner with a brilliant twist, written with an effortless command of pace and suspense. - Sydney Morning Herald
The Majesties, although it rolls out easily, troubles deeply, haunting and even chilling its reader well beyond the final page. - New York Journal of Books
Tsao spins a Crazy Rich Asians-esque saga of family wealth and deception as a nasty-fun murder mystery chronicling the events leading up to a woman's poisoning of her extended clan. - Entertainment Weekly
The ultimate toxic twist. - Salon
Tsao cannily pulls back the gilded surface from a wealthy Indonesian family, revealing a rotten core... the narrative unfolds in a manner that's both suspenseful and creepily claustrophobic... A bold and dramatic portrayal of characters on the cusp of an impossible choice between complicit self-preservation and total annihilation. - Publisher's Weekly
Tsao excels at delivering biting social commentary while also telling a riveting story... It's shocking how enjoyable and delicious this dark, disturbing novel was. - NPR
A dark, delicious tale that will creep its way into your brain and leave you examining your own soul for signs of moral rot. I downed it in one greedy shot. - Jade Chang, author of THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD
Tiffany Tsao's visceral debut...reads a bit like Crazy Rich Asians if the book began with familicide instead of romance... Why not start off the new year with the perfect tear-it-all-down read? - Crimereads
A sobering look at the dark side of extreme wealth among Chinese families in Indonesia... Tsao's depiction of domestic abuse is powerful. - Kirkus Reviews
An urgent literary thriller that also affectingly, seamlessly acts as a social treatise exposing the moral and legal abuses of the ultra-elite...an engrossing, eloquent story of fatal familial dysfunction. - Shelf Awareness, starred review
The Majesties is a thrilling, tender page-turner, the darker side of Crazy Rich Asians. - Krys Lee, author of HOW I BECAME A NORTH KOREAN
Tsao deftly juggles a large cast of characters, and her thorough examination of the life of a wealthy Chinese-Indonesian family, as well as her insights into the false assumptions those in the Chinese, Indonesian, and Western communities make about its members, are intelligent and lively. - Booklist
One of the most gripping, original and enlightening novels of the day. - SA Weekend
A compelling page-turner, it reveals the intricate dynamics between love, ambition, and fear as we journey through dark family secrets and unlock door after door before reaching the dead end. The Majesties is a chilling novel about what a family is capable of for the sake of maintaining illusions and the desperate, destructive ways that its entrapped members must take in order to escape. - Intan Paramaditha, author of APPLE AND KNIFE and THE WANDERING
Tiffany Tsao's novel of sisters Gwendolyn and Estella is haunting, disturbing and vivid. It is one of those novels that has such a strong opening chapter that I questioned if the author would be able to meet my expectations for the rest of the novel. But meet them she did. - Readings
[A] riveting and disquieting thriller about the secrets and betrayals that accompany exorbitant wealth. - The Nerd Daily
A glorious, dark and haunting depiction of Indonesian-Chinese high society. Awesome characters. A masterclass in storytelling. Fierce social commentary. Highly recommended & a privilege to read - Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, author of THE EIGHTH GIRL
Ideal for fans of My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, it is full of suspense and steeped in opulence. Well-paced and beautifully written, ignore any comparisons made to the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy - this book is in a world of its own. - Lifestyle Daily
A fascinating twist on the domestic thriller, with unexpected twists and a rather unique voice...this proves a terribly intense but sharp exploration of the dark side of human nature. - Maxim Jakubowski, Crimetime
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