- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown; Digital original edition (8 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408704110
- ISBN-13: 978-1408704110
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 4.2 x 15.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,34,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Journey Under the Midnight Sun Paperback – 8 Oct 2015
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Description for Journey Under the Midnight Sun
As fiendishly clever as The Devotion of Suspect X...Higashino offers one twist after another, all of which touch on the theme suggested by the book's title. Readers will marvel at the artful way the plot builds to the solution of Hidaka's murder.
Keigo Higashino again proves his mastery of the diabolical puzzle mystery with Malice, a story with more turns, twists, switchbacks and sudden stops than a Tokyo highway during Golden Week.
An exceptional study of the psychology of murder as well as a skilfully plotted narrative.
Keigo Higashino combines Dostoyevskian psychological realism with classic detective-story puzzles reminiscent of Agatha Christie and E.C. Bentley.
Smart and original...a true page turner...Higashino continues to elevate the modern mystery as an intense and inventive literary form.
Intricate... At the outset, [Higashino's] approach seems unsettling, but the Edgar nominee knows his business; Malice soon becomes awfully hard to put down.
The creator of Detective Galileo returns with another fiendishly clever Chinese - make that Japanese - box of a whydunit....Each time you're convinced Higashino's wrung every possible twist out of his golden-age setup, he comes up with a new one. If you still miss the days of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, you can't do better than this fleet, inventive retro puzzler.
Intricate and beguiling...if you like riddles inside enigmas, it will please you no end.
A detective story about writers is often particularly satisfying, and this one is no exception...The plot is satisfyingly twisty and gathers pace as the revelations come thicker, faster, and more and more unexpected.
A psychological thriller of the highest order...Each time Higashino makes a revelation, he quickly pulls the carpet from under one's feet, fuelling the reader to finish the book as quickly as possible.
An enduring epic mystery by the million-copy cult Japanese bestseller and author of The Devotion of Suspect X.See all Description for Journey Under the Midnight Sun
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I'm sure this was much more fun as a serialized novel as it was originally published - spreading it out over weeks and months on end, drop by drop. In a novel form - enough easter eggs are dropped throughout, so that although the mechanics of the mystery are a good surprise...there's really not enough of a shock/twist.
I enjoyed the voyage into Japan in the late 20th century and the story keeps moving fast enough for me to race through it over a single weekend. Will definitely be giving The Devotion of Suspect X a shot.
A few peeves-
(1) What's with the reluctance to use dates? A simple year/month at the top of every chapter or every time the story moves forward could have just structured the narrative better. Unless it was supposed to keep you cloudy.
(2) I really dislike books where a handful of characters can 'sense' something wrong in another individual, or 'see the thorns in their eyes'. For eg: Sasagaki or Shinozuka Kazunari. There's a lot of this here.
(3) I understand in a book this long and with the way the narrative is structured from multiple PoVs, there will be many minor characters who will flit in and out of the story. But I feel it's only fair to tell us what happened to the not-so-minor characters like Tokohimo who takes up a good 20% of the narrative.
(4) The translation didn't somehow seem smooth or natural. Can't quite put a finger on it...maybe it just needs getting used to.
life of two kids change because of a murder which remains unsolved for 20 Years. the novel takes you through the ups and downs in life of these kids over 20 years bringing in lot of dangerous events which are somehow connected.
the reader has to play connect the dots which is a usual in Keigo's books..
Awesome as usual...
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