This is a riveting novel that will keep you reading and reading until you have read the book. It is fearless and compulsive.
On a sunny May morning, social worker Jessica Campbell sorts through her mother’s belongings after her recent funeral. In the basement, she makes a shocking discovery–she finds two dead girls curled into the bottom of her mother’s chest freezers. Like sheesh!!!!!!!!!!!! No one would have thought that you could find something like that while cleaning out a basement, now would they?
She remembers a pair of runaway foster children who lived with the family in 1988: Casey and Jamie Cheng. They were troubled, beautiful and wild teenaged sisters from Vancouver’s Chinatown.
The story moves between present and past. This riveting novel unflinchingly examines the myth of social heroism and traces the often hidden fractures that divide our diverse cities.
It is a book that is as intriguing as it is fearless.
The story is also beautifully crafted and it is written by Jen Sookfong Lee. She was born and raised in Vancouver’s East Side, and now lives with her son in North Burnaby. Her books have all been finalists for different awards.
Rating 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth