2 Stars Reviews

Book Review: The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

Gwendolyn and Estella have always been close, each other’s source of comfort in an industriously wealthy Chinese-Indonesian family with more secrets than they can keep track of. But when Estella poisons their entire family, sole survivor Gwendolyn is left to trawl through her fractured memories to try and uncover their past and make sense of a sister she thought she knew.

When your sister murders three hundred people, you can’t help but wonder why – especially if you were one of the intended victims.

The premise of this really intrigued me but the execution unfortunately fell flat. The narrative sort of just plodded along with brief glimpses at the past and the future that, which I’m sure were meant to build suspense but just felt like unnecessary detours. The marketing of The Majesties as a thriller is possibly where this went wrong – it’s certainly not that. High-stakes domestic drama maybe, but not a thriller. I’m happy to admit that I didn’t see the ending coming, and I did speed-read the final part of the book because it finally hooked me, but it was way too little, far too late.

Rating: 2 stars

*I received a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

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