TOYOLS ‘R’ US by Terence Toh

Book Review #551

Title: TOYOLS ‘R’ US

Author: Terence Toh

Publisher: Fixi Novo

Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: May 21, 2021

Pages: 249

Winner of the 1st Fixi Novo Malaysian Novel Contest

All around Kuala Lumpur, people are being found dead in their homes, their bodies completely drained of blood.The victims have nothing in common…except they were all suspiciously wealthy. 

At a crime scene, Inspector Khairul encounters the enigmatic Detective Fara Astaka, an occult investigator who reveals to him the hidden supernatural side of Kuala Lumpur. Someone is manipulating the city’s toyols, turning them from mischievous thieves to vicious killers!

There is a company right at the heart of this: TOYOLS ‘R’ US. While it appears cheery on the surface, there are sinister schemes at work behind its attractive promotions and free umbrella deals. How is the company connected to the murders? And can Khairul and Fara catch the killer?

TOYOLS ‘R’ US by Terence Toh is such a fun and imaginative story about magical occults happening around KL. It’s such an interesting read that made me want to continue reading until the end and find out who is the one behind these rogue toyols.

This book features a few povs—the detectives, the ones behind the toyol business, Jing, even the toyols and a few other characters too. I can see why they are highlighted and each play their parts well to the overall story. Its just well plotted out how they all come together and defeat a one common enemy.

I can definitely see why this story was chosen as the winner of the 1st Fixi Novo Malaysian Novel Contest as the story is so unique and unlike any I’ve ever read before. The toyol shenanigans and the presence of magic as well as runes that accompany it.

I’m glad I picked this book up as it was such a wild journey through seeking for the truth and stopping the odd deaths that were discovered throughout the city. I really hope there won’t be toyols coming out to get me tonight in my sleep!

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