Anna is thrilled to move into a black and white house in Adam Park, confident she will thrive in Singapore, find a job, make local friends. But echoes of footsteps in the hallways make her wonder whether rumours of the house being haunted are true. Overwhelmed and lonely in a new country, Anna slowly unravels.
When Salimah, single mother to a wayward teenager, loses her job, she revisits Adam Park where her childhood was uprooted. A place with a dark history. Anna bumps into Salimah, and their lives intertwine in unexpected ways. Tensions rise as the house’s haunting presence grips both women and threatens to upset an already fragile friendship.
‘An absorbing exploration of friendship in a hauntingly evoked setting.’ Audrey Chin, author
About the author
After a childhood in Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Karien van Ditzhuijzen moved to Singapore in 2012. Karien has a degree in Chemical Engineering, but gave up her career developing ice cream recipes to become a writer and has since written and edited half a dozen books and short stories, including in 2018 her debut novel ‘A Yellow House’, published by Monsoon Books. ‘The Black and White House’ was inspired by her own colonial house at Adam Park in Singapore, which has an illustrious history.