Wang Jun is a taxi driver in China who suddenly discovers that mysterious letters are being left in his cab. Letters that detail his past lives with the unknown author, centuries of history together as soulmates. With each letter, Wang becomes increasingly wary that someone is watching him and his family.
The premise for The Incarnations sounded intriguing enough but I was not prepared for how much this book would stick with me. The narrative seamlessly goes from present day to a recounting of past lives, which incorporate Chinese folklore and history. Unfortunately, I’m not very familiar with that part of Chinese history and its literary characters, however it did not diminish my enjoyment of the book whatsoever.
Barker has created some very interesting and dynamic characters. Their relationships with each other are not only complex but karmic at times. I loved reading the different stories of their past lives and how they intertwined, watching aspects of history repeat themselves as if it was destined. The stories were emotional, twisted and sad, telling tales of love, abuse and power.
The mystery as to who is the letters’ author unfolds dramatically and certainly kept me guessing pretty much to the end. This book is perfect for fans of historical fiction and mystery dramas. It’s a fascinating read that will stay with you. For fear of saying too much and giving something away, I urge you to pick up this book and give it a shot.