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Searching for Sylvie Lee Reviews

Searching for Sylvie Lee by Jean Kwok

Searching for Sylvie Lee

Jean Kwok

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1 review

Imprint: William Morrow & Company
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication date: 4 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9780062834300
4 stars out of 5
Holly Williams
23 Feb 2020

" Kwok’s exploration of the lies we tell by putting on a mask for the world ... is often elegantly unrolled."

Stylistically, Kwok’s work is held in a fine balance between coolly measured literary prose and a pacier thriller. She carefully maintains the mystery of Sylvie’s disappearance till the final chapters, where accusations, twists and revelations suddenly come thick and fast. Some are satisfyingly shocking; others stretch believability. Occasionally the manoeuvres needed to keep the wool over readers’ eyes result in clunky elisions, diversions or plot devices. Take Sylvie starting cello lessons, for instance: really, who begins to learn an instrument while visiting a dying grandmother?