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Japanese Sherlock(s): The Devotion of Suspect X

The Devotion of Suspect XThe Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

 Yasuko lives a quiet life in Tokyo with her daughter. Her ex-husband arrives one day to cause trouble and Yasuko takes the situation into her own hands. When Detective Kusanagi begins to investigate, Yasuko’s seedier earlier life is revealed and the case turns into a battle between two superior logicians: Yasuko’s neighbour and Kusanagi’s university friend. Who will be first to solve the cryptic crime?

First Impressions: I wasn’t sure if I would like this book in the first few pages as it seemed quite simplistic. However, very quickly began to like the tone of the story and the writing style.

Highlights: The Tokyo setting is great and I enjoyed the cat and mouse crime solving of two men worthy of giving Sherlock a run for his money. My favourite element of the novel was definitely the characters as they were all so unique and realistic, particularly Yasuko’s mathematician neighbour.

If I was an editor: I would think this was wonderfully translated. The ending is fitting for a Japanese novel but is probably too much an abstract statement for a lot of western readers. However, it is all tied up well and I didn’t feel disappointed.

Overall: A cryptic page turner that keeps you thinking. I will read more by this author.

The Devotion of Suspect X: 4 Stars