ARC Review: Bad Fruit

Pub Date: 23 Aug 2022


    Just graduated from high school and waiting to start college at Oxford, Lily lives under the scrutiny of her volatile Singaporean mother, May, and is unable to find kinship with her elusive British father, Charlie. When May suspects that Charlie is having an affair, there’s only one thing that calms May down: a glass of perfectly spoiled orange juice served by Lily, who must always taste it first to make sure it’s just right.

    As her mother becomes increasingly unhinged, Lily starts to have flashbacks that she knows aren’t her own. Over a sweltering London summer, all semblance of civility and propriety is lost, as Lily begins to unravel the harrowing history that has always cast a shadow on her mother. The horrifying secrets she uncovers will shake her family to its core, culminating in a shattering revelation that will finally set Lily free.


Bad Fruit hit some really powerful chords. While I found this book in the “Thriller” section, it wasn’t exactly the type of thriller I’ve become familiar with. There was no boogie man murderer with a knife lurking around corners but something much deeper–a damning undertone that swelled throughout the story, something you knew was coming but couldn’t put your finger on. The family dynamic in this book is wrought with a palpable tension from the very beginning, and as we come to find, even further back than that. The author writes well, gripping you in a story you feel you have no business witnessing. Her ability to handle such extreme topics with grace is highly commendable and I’d love to read any future works by her.

Highly recommend if you enjoy dark family dramas and psychological works.

Big thank you to the publisher Astra Publishing House for providing an eARC for review!

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