My first 5 star rating this year ! After a string of disappointing reads this feels so good !
Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered. When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime…
I am going to make this review very simple … GO AND READ THIS BOOK ! Especially if you are a fan of crime fiction. Even more so if you tired of the usual crime fiction template. I am not going to discuss anything more about the story since I want to be very careful in not giving away spoilers. I would also recommend that if you are planning on reading it, don’t go through too many reviews and risk it.
I don’t understand why the author has to be labelled the “Japanese Stieg Larsson”. Maybe it helps sell more but to me it seems unnecessary, especially since the styles are different.
On a side note, this also reminded me of an anime I was crazy about ages ago – Detective School Q. Those who know this would agree with me that it is one of the best crime solving shows ever. If you haven’t watched it, I would strongly recommend that you do. It is simply amazing !