The Night Tiger

The Night Tiger

Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick, Amazon Spotlight Pick for Best Book of the Month, NYTimes and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller. Starred Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher's Weekly reviews.

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.


When 11-year-old Ren's master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master's soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.

Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother's Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin's dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner.

As the 49 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren's lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

Title:The Night Tiger
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781250175458

    The Night Tiger Reviews

  • Emily May

    Malaya, with its mix of Malays, Chinese, and Indians, is full of spirits: a looking-glass world governed by unsettling rules. 3 stars. I may need to think some more about this one. I'm giving it a te...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    This was so great! I was thrown off a bit by the romance, because this book would've been fine and dandy without it. I loved learning more about the Malaysian culture through this story, I thought the...

  • Paromjit

    Yangsze Choo writes an enthralling and exhilarating piece of well researched historical fiction set in the British colony of Malaya (Malaysia) of the 1930s. The fraught and upset British doctor is dyi...

  • jessica

    i am positively and splendidly awe-stuck. this story is a magically woven tapestry of history, lore, superstition, love, and destiny. with lush storytelling told humbly from the perspectives of seemin...

  • Debra

    The Night Tiger has a little bit of something for everyone! Fans of this Author's debut book, The Ghost Bride will love this sweeping tale set in Malaya (Malaysia) in the 1930's. There is a lot going ...

  • Julie

    The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo is a 2019 Flatiron publication. A big, bold story full of magic, romance, mystery and adventure!! Set in Malaysia during the 1930’s, the story alternates between Ren,...

  • Elyse Walters

    “Time is running out: there are only 20 days left before Dr. Mac Farlane’s forty-nine days of the soul are over. If by then he can’t find the finger, he’ll have failed. How will his old master...

  • Annet

    They say a tiger that devours too many humans can take the form of a man and walk among us...I loved the atmosphere of the book, the 'magical realism' mystery of it, the lush Asian environment, the hi...

  • Kylie D

    An intriguing book, set in 1930s Malaya, following the lives over a few weeks of dance hall girl Ji Lin and house boy Ren. An intricately woven tale, full of magical realism, Ji Lin and Ren come toget...

  • Holly  B

    The story is as stunning as the cover. I was totally mesmerized by this beautifully written Malaysian folklore/fantasy tale. If I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. The characters, the allur...