House of the Hanging Jade by Amy M. Reade
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received "House of the Hanging Jade" via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started reading this book I loved it. I love the native language that Amy M. Reade shared through the story and book. The main protagonist; Kailani Kanaka seems to be a strong and independent woman. She worked hard to become a chef. Preparing delightful food for others is a family tradition she carries on.
She leaves Washington, DC after growing more uncomfortable with her boss / restaurateur. A big career change, she heads back to Hawaii and her home place, landing a job as a private chef for a wealthy family.
I love mystery, strong female protagonists, and food.
I was eating this story up. I enjoy each morsel until my heroine Kailani became weak and unethical in one quick turn.
Several streams running through the story shook my confidence in the protagonist. I started to doubt Kailani's point of view.
I do not root for stalkers. I started to wonder about Kailani's story of her boss / boyfriend in Washington DC.
There is violence and suspense, and the writing is good. The three quarters of the book left a bad taste in my mouth, and I am sad that it turned out the way it did.
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