Ok, Please don’t faint. I know I just posted 2 days ago, but there is a reason behind this post. Let’s start with some background. Those of you who have been reading me for a while, know that I do not read anymore. ‘How I wasted my Library membership last year’ is a theory The Dude uses liberally to annoy me. In any case, I have come to realise that if I do not finish a book (on an average of about 500 pages) in 4-5 days, I will never finish it.
Which is the reason why I applied for this book by Keigo Higashino on the Blogadda programme with some apprehension. Because I can give you readers these amazing excuses, but I am not sure they would accept if I said, ‘Er, well, see, since I could not finish it in the first 5 days, I did not even give it a shot post that. Can this be my review?” No sir, they are pretty serious about their 7 day deadline, and today, is day 7.
And guess what. I finished the book in 3 days. Whoosh, just like that. That would be my conclusion on the book’s USP. From start to stop, you do not want to put it down. In fact, on night two, I put it down only because The Dude found the reading light annoying, which is downright mean, but I decided to indulge him.
Anyway, back to the book, I guess I did not expect anything lesser, since this was of one of the best genres in my opinion, a suspense thriller, a who-dun-it, and by an author who had given a much acclaimed book ‘Devotion of Suspect X’ before this, only I hadn’t read it. But I had dependable sources tell me it was good.
This story, based in Japan, starts with the sudden death of a businessman of poisoning. The immediate suspect is his very attractive wife, given the situation. A couple of detectives are involved in the case, one of who ends up getting attracted to the wife, which impacts the way he handles the details. The story moves fast, details getting added in every chapter, making it more and more interesting. And at one point, quite early on, it moves from the ‘Who did it’ aspect to the ‘How was it done’ aspect, which remains a mystery till the end., and is closely entwined with the ‘Why did they do it’ aspect as well.
In one word, ‘Unputdownable’. Fast paced, easy to read, well written, and the characters were interesting. But I would not call it the best suspense thriller I have ever read, mainly because I attribute the awesomeness of a thriller, to the extent to which it surprises me, especially in the end. And I have to admit, here, I had conclusions and climaxed forming in my head by the time I was halfway through the book, and one of the few turned out almost correct. This, to some extent reduced the extent to which I was impressed.
But to be fair, this never stopped me from wanting to go on, even if it was 1 in the night, which is big, considering the hours of sleep I get are now dependent on multiple factors, and I cannot afford to play around with anything that is given to me. Other than that, Japanese names are not the easiest to remember, so at one point, I was wondering why one of the suspects was roaming around with the detective gang, which I later realized was because I had her name confused with another detective’s name.
So will I recommend this book to you? Yes, if you’re into murder mysteries, and fast reads. Will I read any other offering by this author? Yes, I am going to pick up the first one now. Will I give it a rating or stars? No, because I do not know how to do it and I have never done it before.
So enjoy this read, with the night lamp on, a hot cup of chocolate, and the AC on full blast if you’re encountering an Indian summer. This book was made for that.