This is fantastic. You should definitely read it. Definitely.
It’s one of the most gripping books I’ve ever read. A real page turner – I even got out of bed early to read it some days (yep – you can read before bedtime all you like, but unless your book gets you out of bed at half five in the morning then its not a patch on this).
It follows a Japanese detective who starts to pry into a fourteen year old kidnapping.
The thing that marks it apart from most detective thrillers is how the story is told – not so much from the detective’s point of view as inside his mind. Yokoyama guides you through the detective’s thoughts and ideas as he follows the clues to crack the case.
I feel like I’ve lived inside the guy’s mind for a week. Detective Mikami will stick in my mind for a long time – and I’m happy about that.
I’m told that it also says a lot about Japanese society, but I don’t know much about that subject (although there’s plenty in there about a hierarchical society, saving face, incense rituals, and gender roles that add texture to the story).
Final word on this one: Definitely read it if you get the chance. Definitely.
PS – photo for this was taken in Derwent Water in the Lake District. Beautiful, eh?