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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review: Flower Net by Lisa See

Posted by EPL patron and guest blogger, Elaine S.

Although I do not typically read stories where the setting is in other countries, Flower Net byLisa See drew me into the story from the very beginning. The characters were so intriguing that I almost didn't realize I was learning about another culture. The story takes place in both the United States and various parts of China and the plot is as complex as the Hutong Alleys of Beijing. The main female character, Liu Hulan, received her degree from a “Western” institution but she was called back to China soon after by her family. Throughout the story you can really feel the inner conflict of desire for the freedom of the United States as well as her loyalty to her family and Chinese heritage. Her past crashes with her present as she works with David Stark of the United States on the investigation of a murder involving the son of a former United States Senator serving in China as an ambassador. David Stark has his own inner demons to deal with but he’s not sure who he can trust; including Liu Hulan. This book tells the tale of conspiracies, lies and has lots of action. It’s a great thriller, with a touch of romance thrown into the mix!

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