Gossip. Rumour. Revenge.
From the author of the acclaimed novel The Borrowed, a very timely and propulsively plotted tale of cyberbullying and revenge, about a woman on the hunt for the truth about her sister's death.
Chan Ho-Kei's The Borrowed was one of the most acclaimed international crime novels of recent years, a vivid and compelling tale of power, corruption, and the law spanning five decades of the history of Hong Kong. Now he delivers Second Sister, an up-to-the-minute tale of a Darwinian digital city where everyone from tech entrepreneurs to teenagers is struggling for the top.
When Siu-Man jumped from her window on the twenty-second floor, everyone assumed it was suicide. But Siu-Man's sister, Nga-Yee, a quiet and unassuming librarian, is determined to prove it was murder. The police aren't interested, so she contacts a man known only as N – an enigmatic hacker and an expert in manipulating human behaviour.
Their hunt for the truth will plunge them into the teeming metropolis of Hong Kong, following a trace which leads from Siu-Man's gossipy friends to the creepy gropers who prowl the subway, to the dark corners of the city's digital underground. It is only here, where online bullies and sexual predators hide behind avatars, that Nga-Yee can finally uncover the truth about her sister – and unleash her revenge.
Reviews for The Borrowed:
'Fascinating and action-filled' Wall Street Journal.
'An innovative novel with a complex structure' Crime Time.
'Unusual and fascinating' Irish Independent.