The Hungry Ghost

Freja arrives in Singapore during the month of the hungry ghost, when old spirits are said to roam the streets and families must make offerings to appease their ancestors. She’s homesick for her Danish hometown and isn’t sure she fits in with the ‘happy family’ of her father, her step-mother and twin step-brothers.

As Freja tries to settle into her new life, a mysterious girl in a white dress starts to appear to her, seeming to beckon her on. Following this figure, Freja begins to unravel an old family mystery – one that must be solved before the month is over, to allow both girls to be freed from secrets long-buried.

The Hungry Ghost is an adventure story for middle-grade readers, set in the real world with fantasy elements. At its heart is a mystery and a deep love of family—both the living and those we have lost.

The book is published by Pushkin Press on 24. September 2020. Anna Morrison has designed the stunning cover, and I love it just as much as the cover she made for The Missing Barbegazi.

You can pre-order The Hungry Ghost at your local bookshop or by using one of the pre-order links below.

If you’re in Singapore, you can pre-order the book at Closetful of Books:

What people are saying:

A gripping, moving, perfectly crafted story… one of my books of the year.

Sinéad O’Hart, author

“Brushed with mythology and fantasy, this exciting middle-grade adventure story will delight.”

Nadia King, author

“The Hungry Ghost took me on a journey, both emotional and cultural and has a brilliant pace to keep any reader gripped until the end.”

Naomi, Through the Looking Glass

“The Hungry Ghost is a delightful experience of emotion and vivid description entwined with mystery and heartfelt characters that the reader wants to spend time with.”

Maja, educator on NetGalley

My inspiration for the book

The Hungry Ghost is inspired by my almost four years in Singapore. I loved living in this cultural melting pot and exploring everything the island had to offer. Like Freja in the story, after a while, I longed for quietness and undisturbed nature, and, like her, I found it in the most unexpected place… a completely overgrown Chinese cemetery.

Here are some of my photos of nature and wildlife from Bukit Brown Cemetery and other areas of Singapore: