The Fox Wife

A Novel


English language

Published 2024 by Henry Holt & Company.

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5 stars (1 review)

'Vivid, enigmatic, enchanting' M. L. Rio 'Irresistible' Sunday Times

Some people think foxes go around collecting qi, or life force, but nothing could be further than the truth. We are living creatures, just like you, only usually better looking . . .

Manchuria, 1908: A young woman is found frozen in the snow.

Her death is clouded by rumours of foxes, believed to lure people into peril by transforming into beautiful women and men. Bao, a detective with a reputation for sniffing out the truth, is hired to uncover the dead woman's identity. Since childhood, Bao has been intrigued by the fox gods, yet they've remained tantalizingly out of reach. Until, perhaps, now.

Snow is a creature of many secrets, but most of all, she's a mother seeking vengeance. Hunting a murderer, the trail will take her from northern China to Japan, with Bao following doggedly behind.

And as their …

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5 stars

This is my first novel from Choo, and I’m very excited to dip into her other works! Her writing style is a treat to experience.

I can understand some reader’s notes on how slow the pacing is in this. I personally quite enjoyed it, a thriller that’s almost leisurely in getting from point A to B.


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