Review: The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

Genre: Fiction

Released: January 21st, 2020

Page count: 272 pages

Summary: While in a coma, Gwendolyn looks back on the events and secrets that led her sister, Estella, to poison their entire family. Set in the 1990s in Indonesia, their family is incredibly wealthy – but also powerful and determined to protect their wealth.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review: My official rating is 3.5 stars, even though I’m giving it a 3 star rating. I was hooked by the first couple pages – what would lead someone to poison their entire family? I expected it to have a pretty big mystery or thriller aspect as the truth was unraveled. I stayed hooked for a while, but it faded as I realized not much else was happening. The book staggered on, despite the plot not really being there to carry it forward.

It is much more family saga than a mystery or thriller, but a family saga with pretty much no redeemable characters – or characters that you care about. The writing was good, but it was beautiful writing that didn’t advance a story. The twist at the end did try, but it left me with a lot of questions and didn’t really wrap things up nicely. It was interesting to think about, though.

I recommend this to people who are especially interested in sister dynamics, or in what life was like in Indonesia in the 1990s for extremely rich families.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.