Thank you, Murray, for giving me the chance to Beta read Singapore Ghost, sending me a physical copy, a giveaway copy and for mentioning me in the acknowledgements (I still can’t believe it and keep checking). I will try to keep this as spoiler-free as I can and do a spill all review in four months. Also, I am running a giveaway over on my twitter. Now closed
We all know how much I adore the Ash Carter series check out my previous reviews here (Singapore 52, Singapore Girl and Singapore Boxer). As I mentioned in my opening that I was lucky enough to beta read this book and it blew my mind, and while reading it I sent Murray some lovingly slightly abusive messages.
This is the fourth book in the Ash Carter series, in this book Ash is in Penang babysitting a newspaper reporter. She's investigating ghost stories at the barracks but it's Ash's past that has come back to haunt him. Ash also finds himself stuck between two criminal organisations and must find a solution and put the ghost haunting the barracks to rest.
I think with Murray's books I trick myself into knowing how things are going as I tell myself I know how he writes but I was blindsided by two huge plot reveals in this story and they fitted with the story perfectly. Murray continues to have this wonderful talent where he leads you one way without giving too much away then bam goes the other way and unravels all the wonderful details. The plot was complicated and there were several twists along the way making the reader wonder just who Ash could trust and who was really pulling the strings. I loved all the twists and red herrings and I followed one of these red herrings all the way through to the end.
I still love that it remains clear Murray has done a lot of research into the time period and geographical social norms and locations have been used brilliantly. The research on Singapore during the post-WWII era, the atmosphere of the poor versus the wealthy of that time and the unease between the Chinese and the Japanese was done respectfully and well thought out the series. I loved how the plot development and the pacing of the story was perfect and kept me on my toes it’s also an entertaining and relaxing book.
As always Murray's book leading to a satisfying end that caught me off guard and now, I’m left wanting more and waiting for book five. I honestly can’t recommend this series enough.
Ash Carter Series