No of Episodes : 17 (Audiobook 1); 20 (Audiobook 2)
Author :丁墨 (Ding Mo)
Female Voice: 银迪 (Yin Di) – Audiobook 1; 暗夜长歌不徐行 (Àn Yè Cháng Gē Bù Xú Xíng) – Audiobook 2
I thought it will be a happy ending story but ended up an open ending. This falls under the crime story category by Ding Mo. I think it must be ML who helped to collect the new evidence to reverse FL’s conviction.
FL (Lou Xiao) arrived in a boutique hotel in a small village in Yun Nan very late one night. FL has budget constraints and asked reception to give her a huge discount for the night. FL offered to clean the room the next day to compensate for the discount. The reception girl (Xiao Mei) asked the owner and the owner agreed.
FL met the hotel owner, Han Tuo (ML) the next morning. Both got attracted to each other. FL checked out from the hotel but got stranded due to heavy rain. FL could not find another clean hotel that are within her budget. FL returned to ML’s hotel. ML offered the same price to FL.
FL decided to settle down in the village. ML took FL to look for a place of her own. FL found a place up the hill away from the crowd. On the way back, they were caught in the rain. While they were sheltering from the rain, ML could not stop himself from kissing FL. FL pushed ML away and left.
FL noticed something different when she got back to ML’s hotel. One of the villagers got murdered and ML went to guard the criminal scene until the police arrived. ML was an ex-police. ML shared his opinion on the criminal profile. The suspect is a woman who has deep hatred for man.
Another murder happened in the village. ML noticed that the suspect profile fits FL. ML looked around FL’s new home to see whether she left any clues. ML knows FL is running away from the police. Old Inspector Ding also suspected FL.
ML found FL. FL told ML why she ran away. FL asked ML to spend the night with her, and she will surrender herself the next day. ML and FL made love. The next day, they went to see Old Inspector Ding. Old Inspector Ding happily announced that they found the murderer. It was a vegetable seller who lives in the village.
ML stopped FL from saying more and brought her back to the hotel and locked her in his room. ML went to the police station. ML knows the vegetable seller, Zhao Su Lan. ML and Old Inspector Ding felt pitiful towards Zhao Su Lan after hearing her story. Zhao Su Lan got cheated by her lover when she was young. Her lover kidnapped and sold her to a handicapped man in another village as wife. The man physically abused Zhao Su Lan and their child. One day, Zhao Su Lan went home and was told that her sick mother went around the village to look for her after she eloped with her lover. Zhao Su Lan’s mother was found died on the street. Zhao Su Lan got a call from her husband urging her to come home. Zhao Su Lan’s son got beaten by her husband, accidentally fell into a pond and died. Many years later, Zhao Su Lan bumped into her ex-lover. Her ex-lover could not recognise Zhao Su Lan. Zhao Su Lan killed him. When Zhao Su Lan got home, she killed her husband when her husband wanted to abuse her again. Zhao Su Lan has gone made. Zhao Su Lan was caught while trying to kill her third victim.
When ML got back to the hotel, ML told FL that he will let her go and asked FL to run away as far as she could. ML will come after her, 3 days later. FL did not run away as expected. On the third day mid night, FL went missing. On the fourth day, ML got himself ready to go after FL. ML got a call from Old Inspector Ding. Old Inspector Ding said FL has surrendered herself to the police. FL is a fugitive who ran away 2 years ago. Old Inspector Ding met ML to discuss FL’s case. ML told Old Inspector Ding to do what he needs to do, and he will continue to live on his life like before. ML said he will not wait for FL.
FL went to jail. Two years later, there were new evidence found related to her case. FL’s jail sentence got reversed, but still guilty for running away. FL was jailed for 5 years. A few years later, FL’s story is made into a movie.
No mention of FL and ML got back together.