"Murder is like any other act. It can be as simple as a nudge. If I had not nudged him he would not have died there and then. Such a simple act can change your life—suddenly you’re a different person."

From Op een haar na by Yue Tao


Death can be mundane. In the seemingly quiet, orderly Netherlands Lan’s unspeakable secret recedes from consciousness - but not for long. Constrained by poverty and cultural alienation, she is a single mother with debts piling up and no roof overhead. So she turns to the same man from China she tried to flee, taking the risk that her secret will be exposed. Yue Tao's new book OP EEN HAAR NA is a galloping psychological thriller about shame, fear, and hope.


Yue Tao is a novelist, essayist, business storyteller, and intercultural trainer. Born and raised in Shanghai, she has lived in Amsterdam since 2000. Tao studied literature and social sciences. Her work regularly appears in English and Chinese newspapers, magazines, and internet media. Contact her for interviews or follow her Facebook Page: yuetaowriting.


SHANGHAI BLUE (2015) is Yue Tao's debut novel. It is also available in Chinese 红蟋蟀 (2012) and Dutch SCHEMERING BOVEN SHANGHAI (2015, 2019). Her second novel 一夜之差 is published in China in January 2019. The Dutch translation OP EEN HAAR NA is expected to appear in October 2020.

"Page-turners. Clear and forceful, intricate and gripping, sensitive and utterly convincing. Dry, delicious humor."

Gregor Benton, Emeritus Professor at Cardiff University.

Book Launch Schemering boven Shanghai

Introduction by Peter Potman, former Dutch Consul General to Shanghai


  • I have found a balance between my home and host countries—visiting China is a stimulus; living in Holland allows reflection, concentration, application. I need both.

  • Writing lets me understand myself and my culture better. Wherever I go, I am thoroughly Chinese; the farther I go and the longer I stay away, the more Chinese I feel.

  • It was only when I went abroad that I realized writing also entails disengagement, observation, empathy, and reflection—writing needs distance.