The first thing the ghost said to Jess was:Does your mother know you're a pengkid?The ghost said it to shock. Unfortunately it had failed to consider the possibility that Jess might not understand it. Jess understood most Hokkien spoken to her, but because it was only ever her parents doing the speaking, there were certain gaps in her vocabulary. [opening of Black Water Sister]
Had she really thought of confiding in Mom and Dad about what was going on? Jess wondered at her own forgetfulness.The past couple of years had stripped her of many illusions about her parents that none of them would have wished away. It made it all the more vital to preserve their illusions about her. [excerpt from 34% of Black Water Sister]
A reluctant medium discovers the ties that bind can unleash a dangerous power in this compelling Malaysian-set contemporary fantasy.
Jessamyn Teoh is closeted, broke and moving back to Malaysia, a country she left when she was a toddler. So when Jess starts hearing voices, she chalks it up to stress. But there's only one voice in her head, and it claims to be the ghost of her estranged grandmother, Ah Ma. In life Ah Ma was a spirit medium, the avatar of a mysterious deity called the Black Water Sister. Now she's determined to settle a score against a gang boss who has offended the god--and she's decided Jess is going to help her do it.
Drawn into a world of gods, ghosts, and family secrets, Jess finds that making deals with capricious spirits is a dangerous business. As Jess fights for retribution for Ah Ma, she'll also need to regain control of her body and destiny. If she fails, the Black Water Sister may finish her off for good. [Goodreads Summary]
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