The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry

The Hungry Ghosts

Anne Berry

I did not think I could believe in a book half narrated by a ghost - but the characters described are so real that I found their search for fulfilment both painfully true and enthralling. The turbulent times in Colonial Hong Kong are echoed through the emotions of a dysfunctional family who are as restless as the ghosts of the title.

Extract

As she listens to echoes of the past, I slide into her and instantly feel my strength returning. I become the scum in her blood. I garland myself with ropes of silver-stranded veins. And in the resonance of each heartbeat I know her every thought, her every memory, her every experience, her every twist and turn of emotion, often before she does, as if they are my own.

Parallels
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  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
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