Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Feed Your TBR - Bat Eater and Other Names for Cora Zeng


Can't Wait Wednesday, which I have adapted to better suit my blog as "Feed Your TBR" is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

January 28, 2025

FROM GOODREADS: In this explosive horror novel, a woman is haunted by inner trauma, hungry ghosts, and a serial killer as she confronts the brutal violence experienced by East Asians during the pandemic.

Cora Zeng is a crime scene cleaner, washing away the remains of brutal murders and suicides in Chinatown. But none of that seems so terrible when she’s already witnessed the most horrific thing possible: her sister, Delilah, being pushed in front of a train.

Before fleeing the scene, the murderer shouted two words: bat eater.

So, the bloody messes don’t really bother Cora—she’s more bothered by the germs on the subway railing, the bare hands of a stranger, the hidden viruses in every corner, and the bites marks on her coffee table. Of course, ever since Delilah was killed in front of her, Cora can’t be sure what's real and what’s in her head.

She pushes away all feelings and ignores the advice of her aunt to prepare for the Hungry Ghost Festival, when the gates of hell open. But she can't ignore the dread in her stomach as she keeps finding bat carcasses at crime scenes, or the scary fact that all her recent cleanups have been the bodies of East Asian women.

As Cora will soon learn, you can’t just ignore hungry ghosts.

WHY I CAN'T WAIT: I will admit I am a bit tired of pandemic tales, but for some reason, this one still speaks to me.  I love the cover and I love the East Asian aspect.  



  1. Oh noooo! Not bats - they're adorable... Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this one, Barb:)).

  2. This is new to me, and even though I agree with you about pandemic stories, I'll definitely have to consider this. Plus I want to know how the bats fit in!

  3. Enjoy, I am totally tired of pandemic tales.

  4. I mostly try to avoid pandemic tales, but this one is very tempting. I'm intrigued! Hope you enjoy it! :)

  5. I hope this one is entertaining Barb!

  6. Sounds intriguing with the hungry ghosts. Hope you enjoy it!