Saturday, January 15, 2011


I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.

In an effort to protect her daughter, single mother Yasuko accidentally kills her abusive ex-husband. When her neighbor, brilliant mathematician Ishigami, offers to help her conceal the body and the crime, Yasuko accepts in a moment of desperation.  When the body is found, the head investigator finds flaws in Yasuko's story and determinedly begins to investigate her and everyone around her. The story follows the investigation and relationship between Yasuko and Ishigami and reveals Ishigami ultimate motives for helping.

At first glance, this seems to be a fairly simple premise.  A murder takes place, the perpetrators attempt to cover it up and a suspenseful investigation takes place. Will they be found it?  Will the police figure out what really happened?  However, there is much deeper psychological element to this story that I found surprising.  The story was a bit slow to get going but really picked up about halfway through the book. There is even a surprising twist at the end that I never saw coming.  The book is much more of a psychological study than a suspense novel and manages to rise above the typical cliched crime novel.

BOTTOM LINE: Recommended.  This is a quietly effective psychological crime novel that finds a new way to surprise the reader.  While the beginning is slow, the payout at the end makes it all worth it.

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