A review by farbooksventure
The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao

challenging dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


If you are looking for a thriller book that doesn't necessarily hinge on the plot, but on the characters instead, I think The Majesties will be an interesting book for you.

The Majesties is not your typical high octane anxiety-inducing thriller. It's not full of plot twists. It doesn't focus on weird or unnerving events. There are horrifying happenings, for sure (it's on the synopsis). But, in the end, It's a slow-burn thriller about dysfunctional families that ruin themselves from the inside.

Instead of dwelling on the event, The Majesties brings readers to explore the insidious history of families that refuse to see the reality in everything that they have built. How this attitude leads to their eventual downfall by one of their own. It is also a story about sisterhood, class (the Richâ„¢), and the hardship that comes with being Chinese in Indonesia.

The story also deals with the shock of discovering uncomfortable truths & refusal to deal with them. It's a story about being stuck in a vicious cycle & doesn't see any way out.

If you love quiet character study, I think you would enjoy The Majesties as a thriller. For readers who are used to thriller books in the "exciting"-end of the spectrum, The Majesties might feel frustratingly slow & not that eventful. But I read it for what it is & truly enjoy it.