Synopsis (from the Waterstones Website)Pages: 448
Published by: Abacus
Released on: 2nd of Febuary 2012
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...
What I Have to SayProbably the main attraction of this book was that it was by a Japanese author and set in Japan. Still whether you like Japan or not, it's a really wonderful story. It's got a few aspects of the culture in there, which I found really cool, but not intrusive if your not interested in the culture.
The characters were really interesting. Each of the point of view characters had a different outlook on life and very different voices. Ishigami was the most interesting, the reasons why will be obvious if you read the book. I also really liked Yasuko's voice. She had a very straightforward outlook on life.
There were so many mind games and false clues in this book, that it was pretty much impossible to work out how it was going to end. If anyone has read this or is going to, please let me know in the comments if you even had a suspicion, because it was a complete surprise to me and I'm usually pretty good at working these things out! :P
This book is really a must if you're interested in Japanese culture. And if you're not then I would recommend it to people who like Crime. Especially those looking for something that will really surprise you.