ARC Review: The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

“What choice do we have about the form love takes ?”

I love a good family drama.

I come from a huge family myself with with way too many aunts, uncles, and cousins to count. I’m a loner as life is draining and gossip is toxic to the mind and the soul so I tend to stay away from the negative.

Every family has its darkness, y’know?

But some are downright steeped in it and it’s all they know.

It’s how they survive.

The Majesties opens with the mass murder of over 300 people. The suspect is Estella Wirono, granddaughter of Chinese tycoon Irwan Sulinado and the victims were her entire family and their closest friends.

The alibi?

That remains to be seen.

There was only one survivor of the crime and that is Estella’s sister, Gwendolyn. Now on life support we navigate through the hazy glass of her memories and dive deep into this family’s past and secrets.

The dead cannot speak and the fog is thick with the recently departed. Can we find out what exactly drove one young woman to kill off an entire bloodline?

Or did the truth die with her?

I do not like to compare books with one another. That’s a rule I have with reviewing. So while other reviewers are stating this is comparable to Gillian Flynn I feel that this is unfair. Each author has their own unique flair of writing and with this book especially I find that that is true.

This was a mixture of women’s fiction and thriller for me and I found myself reading it rather late into the night.

The prose is gorgeous, hauntingly so and I found myself entranced in the characters and the journey they took us on.

The family dynamics were interesting and although upsetting were not shocking. Estella has come out of a relationship with an abusive ex husband and yes, both families know he is abusive but his family is OLD money so of course it is unspeakable that she leave him.

It is only events like this that are the tip of the ice berg.

To me this entire book felt like the character’s metamorphosis. Madness bloomed, she cocooned, hatched, and then she was free.

I don’t want to give too much away in my review but the turns this books takes are subtle and still have me reeling.

Sometimes family thinks they know best because they love you oh so much.
Sometimes that love can smother you and in return…

A vial of poison can be dropped in some shark fin soup at a large banquet.

In the end, what will you do my beautiful butterflies?

Thank you very much to Netgalley and the publisher for this copy of ARC. All opinions are my own.

💜💜💜💜 4/5

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Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Atria Books 

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