I can understand why this won an award in Japan. The story is very much of that culture. I enjoyed it tremendously, even though the ending was not a happy one. Very character driven, this story is engrossing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Narration was good, and the story was interesting, with some quirky characters and a good plot. I wouldn't call it "fast paced", but it is perfectly paced for the story and it's running themes. I like crime-fiction and this was different enough to be a pleasant find in a crowded genre.
It's disappointing to find so many current mysteries end up not being mysterious at all but rather some deranged serial/psycho killer. This brilliant little piece is original and thoughtful. The dialogue is pitch perfect, the characters, believable. More like this please!
This was a good book. There is quite a bit of depth that a person might miss, it will appeal to people that like to ponder things. As the end wraps up it brings questions to mind about how each persons choices effects another.
I really enjoyed this book. This was the first book I have read by a Japanese author and I enjoyed the cultural references and learning new things. When I first read the premise, I was like, okay, its not really a mystery, as you know who did it. But the book takes surprising turns and it turns out that there is a mystery. The ending was really good; I was trying to figure out how this could end, and I definitely did not predict it. The logic scenes were well written and I enjoyed the gamesmanship. Fast moving, interesting plot.
I almost never write reviews, but this deserved one. Since this was a new author I went into this book with caution. I was prepared to be unimpressed. Was I surprised! I found myself not doing things just so I could listen to this interesting book. I'm an unashamed FreeCell addict and even found myself listening to this book when I could have been playing 'my' game'. Although the Narrator wasn't Scott Brick - he was just great.
The tone of Devotion is very calm. The characters are interesting and complex. Everyone is very polite! Though there is a lot going on, it is never frenetic. A psycho, murder, police, genius book written by a western author would inevitably involve lawyers...this one does not (cheering). Character development is expansive at times, but nothing seems too far-fetched. If you like the sample then you'll like the pacing of the book.
I enjoyed listening to a different kind of mystery. The plot was intricate with many twists. In this tale, I was never sure of who I wanted to triumph. After finishing, I'm still not sure--which for me, added to the appeal. My main complaint was that the Japanese names were difficult to remember and identify as they were reintroduced during the course of the story. I might read another book by this author when I am in the mood for an Edward Allen Poe kind of read.
Why women in Japanese literature must act like naive girls without a brain I don't know. Anyway, the battle of 3 smart guys has several good twists.