After spent weeks reading crime novels, I wanted to read something entirely different. My sister had disorganised my bookshelf at home completely, so the only book I could find that I hadn’t read yet, was this. I sighed when I read the back cover, but decided to give it a try on the airport. And I’m glad I did. It is not a crime novel, more like figuring out the past.
It took me a while before I got into the story, but then I really did. And although the story never amazed me, it’s been haunting me all day. I can’t really put my finger on why, though. Maybe it is the lost opportunities of love, or the sadness of the orphans, both Christopher and Jennifer, the orphaned girl he takes care of.
It was great to revisit the setting of Shanghai during the Japanese invasion, having previously done so in Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard. I definitely want to read more novels set in this time, so if you know any, let me know.