"It all began with my missing hymen."
So begins HELLO KITTY MUST DIE by Angela S. Choi. After an opening like that, what more could I possibly have to add?
HELLO KITTY MUST DIE is another book recommended to me by Linda at the Mystery Bookstore. Indeed, I don't think I've ever heard her talk more about any other book. All it took was that first sentence to make me understand why.
The novel follows Fiona Yu, a twenty-something Chinese-American woman caught between the two cultures. As she attempts to bury the "Hello Kitty" stereotype of Asian women, she is led down a path (with the help of an old friend, Sean Killroy) that is at first exciting, then turns murderous. Through it all, Fiona is challenged to find out just how far she's willing to go to dispell of the Hello Kitty stereotype forever.
HELLO KITTY MUST DIE is dark, satiric, funny, and most importantly, a damn good read. It's not for the faint of heart, but if you like a little irreverance with your crime fiction, you must give it a try.
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