Tiger Lily of Bangkok
Review of Tiger Lily of Bangkok
4.0 out of 5 stars: Interesting, well planned out, January 23, 2014
This review is from: Tiger Lily of Bangkok (Kindle Edition)
Tiger Lily of Bangkok is a story of tragedy, loss, and also confusion about how the bad things that happened to
Lily – that caused her to be ignored and feared by people her own age in her home village – also benefited her in
many ways. If she had not had to deal with her “uncle” then she didn’t believe she would have had the chance to
live in the city and go to university.
She comes to understand that the monetary compensation she received from her shame would not be enough to live
on comfortably while paying for school, and so she takes on boyfriends who give her money and gifts, and this is
not an unusual practice. It is a sad life; she doesn’t have anyone to really care for, and doesn’t let anyone get
close to her. She never allows anyone to know the truth about her past or even see where she lives. She lies to the
boyfriends, makes up different names and personas for them, and tells them she spends weekends back with her mother
helping out in her shop in order to spend weekends alone.
Her unhappiness grows, and it is almost like she separates into two different people. One is violent and lashing
out at people in order to take some vengeance, to feel some justice for what she went through as a child. The other
is sad, lonely, and struggling to find a way to have a normal life and find someone to have a real
boyfriend/girlfriend relationship with. The book makes you wonder if she had managed to kill her uncle when she was
a child, or if someone else had, would it have been enough to soothe her burning need for someone to be held
accountable for his crime? Would she still have developed into the person she became, or would she have been able
to let it go and live a life as other teenagers did?
Lily’s story kept me interested and wondering if she was going to get away with the unbelievable things she did
or if it would come crashing down around her. I wasn’t sure if I wanted her to get caught or not. It also begs the
question – do child abusers deserve what they get? Who should be able to dole out the punishment?
I was glad that the book ended with a ray of hope.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I give it 4 stars. The story was interesting, well
planned out, and I enjoyed it.
Reviewed by Marie Drake, member of the The Bookie Monster team.
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