I’m on a Random Things blog tour for a wonderfully imaginative book- Heart of Glass by Ivy Ngeow.
Chicago 1980. Li-an Donohue’s luck changes the instant she meets a mysterious Italian businessman in the Drake Hotel. Hearing her play, he offers her a job in Macau on the spot.
She’s there in a heartbeat. From a drab Chicago winter to swimming pools, Sémillon Blanc and lobster. It seems perfect. Li-an has her own private pavilion on the estate of a colonial gothic mansion. But easy livin’ is harder than she thought. She’s homesick. Lonely. And beginning to think it might not be all it seems.
Until she meets slick New Yorker DJ, Ben. He is the ring-a-ding, the daddy cool of the club scene who shares her passion for – her obsession with – music. An island in China isn’t fun when you’re desperate to cut a recording deal, make it big in disco, he says. Ben has a secret plan. But it sure doesn’t sound like music to Li-an’s ears…
I anxiously anticipated being on this blog tour for all the right reasons. I was intrigued by the blurb and wanted to dive right in! Did it live up to my excited expectations? No… it blew them away!!!
This book has it all- interesting characters, a plot that drives you crazy, and a chic noir atmosphere you can’t help but obsess over. Ngeow’s imagery and detail is what ties this book together. The reader is plunged straight into the 80s music scene, jumping from one place to another. Li-an is an attractive character for two reasons: 1) she develops herself throughout the novel creating a thick plot for you tear through; and 2) as a reader, you make a strong connection with her immediately so you reflect on how Li-an acts and feels. It’s a very intense story with a lot going on, but you don’t feel overwhelmed. Instead, you feel excited to continue this thrilling tale of travel, hope, and the sinister side to human nature.
The plot is well crafted but was not created around the characters- instead, they move along with the story, as if another force is compelling them. This aspect I really enjoyed as it kept me continuously guessing what was going to happen. The writing needs to be highlighted here as it is fantastically written with in depth emotive language heavily explored in the novel. It is simply stunning!
With a heart-racing plot and twist upon twist of cliff-hangers, this book is a brilliant read. If you want to try and read something different to your usual genre but still want a story to pull you in, this is definitely the book for you.
Fans of all genres will enjoy this book as it has elements of everything- crime, thrills, travel, romance, drama (so much drama!). Ngeow is definitely the one to watch as I thoroughly enjoyed this creative and inventive novel!
How to get your hands on a copy
Thank you to Anne Carter from Random Things Blog Tours for my wonderful spot on the tour. Thank you to Ivy Ngeow for my beautifully bright signed copy!
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour!
Happy reading! Lx