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Searching for Sylvie Lee

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529398267

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 17th October 2019

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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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.

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Powerful . . . A twisting tale of love, loss, and dark family secrets
Paula Hawkins
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
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
Such a brilliant smart mystery. The twists, the cultural implications and the family secrets all play out slowly with tantalising risk
Kwok vividly brings out how multiple and sometimes conflicting cultural, familial and linguistic affiliations make us who we are
Kwok's exploration of the lies we tell by putting on a mask for the world, or simply avoiding speaking the truth, is often elegantly unrolled