Vendor: Harper Perennial
Number of Pages: 400
Dimensions: 8.00 × 5.31 (inches)
Raped and then murdered in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong in 1942, Lin Shui -- now a 'hungry ghost' -- clings tenaciously to life. Holding up in a hospital morgue that is destined to become a school, she finds a host off whom to feed. It is twelve-year-old Alice Safford, the deeply troubled daughter of a leading figure in government. The parasitic ghost follows Alice to her home on the Peak. There, the lethal mix of the two, embroiled in the family's web of dark secrets and desperate lies, unleashes chaos. All this unfolds against a background of political unrest, riots, extremes of weather and the countdown to the colony's return to China.
As successive tragedies engulf Alice, her ghostly entourage swells. She flees to England, then to France, in a bid to escape the past, only to find that her unwanted 'hungry ghosts' have accompanied her. It seems the peace she longs for is to prove far more elusive than she could have even imagined.