What a good read! You know why? One word: Ghosts! I love stories with ghosts in them, that is if the ghosts aren’t bloody, murdering creatures out for mayhem and destruction. I like an intelligent ghost story. And this was truly an intelligent ghost story.
Our main character, Kendra, has a Korean father and a white American mother. She goes into a kind of Asian warehouse store, and a beautiful Korean doll in traditional costume catches her attention. But she is a student, and the price is ackkkk an astronomical $2,500.
She’s unique, once owned by the only Korean first lady to be assassinated. Her husband’s assassination followed.
Ooookaaaay. Some history, right? And some price tag. But Kendra has to have it, so spends her upcoming college tuition money on it. She figures she can get a job and reaccumulate the money in time to make the tuition payment.
OK, here comes the spooky part. After being in her home for a day or so, she realizes the hair pick is missing. A few days later, a shoe from the doll is missing, and the doll seems to have moved to another location.
She begins to have hallucinations(?) visions(?) dreams (?) where she seems to be a Korean woman from 16th century Korean named NanJu. Nanju looks like that doll!
Meanwhile, the nice young man from the Art warehouse is completely enamored of her. His father is American, and his mother is Japanese.
We have this lovely love story interwoven throughout the story of the ghost trying to tell her story through Kendra, so it’s a story within a story. Boy, did I make that seem complicated. And it isn’t, it is merely complex what with the intertwining threads. The story(ies) is (are) simple to follow, and you get so caught up in what’s going on and what’s going to happen next that you keep turning pages even when you have to go make dinner or clean the house or walk the dog!
I love a book where you can’t wait to find out what happens next.