Sad, betrayal, complex.
It was totally original for me.
The scene where Manabu Yukawa drops in on Ishigami for the first time.
Devotion and Despair
If I had known how sad this book would make me feel I probably wouldn't have read it. However, I'm glad that I did.
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.
Clever psychological thriller where two master logicians try to outwit each other. Brilliantly written so as to make every character somehow believable -- and brilliantly read. The reader makes you feel that you are in the room, making the hair on the back of your neck stand at the right moments.
What a wonderful first experience of Keigo Higashino! This is a terrific mystery that starts with great excitement and never lets up. I found the characters endlessly interesting and three-dimensional, especially our math teacher.
The best kinds of mysteries are ones where the truths are in plain site...we're just too myopic to see them.
If you're not familiar with Japanese names, and I'm not, you may have to stop everyone in a while to remind yourself who is who, but don't let that get in the way of your enjoyment. I now feel bereft....I finished the book!
This isn't a whodunnit, because the murder is clear in the first part of the book - we know where, when, why, and (yes) who did it. The only question that remains is if, when, and how will the aftermath play out.
The novel is ultimately focused on whether it it more difficult to create an unsolvable problem, or to solve that problem. And if you can understand and ponder the philosophy in that, then you can get to the heart of this story, where the main characters are a mathematician, and physics professor, and a police detective - all alumni of the same university in the same year, and all brought together by the murder of a greedy and abusive man by his frightened ex-wife.
It's also about friendship, unrequited love, devotion (to people and philosophies), and morality. Sadly, though it has thoughtfulness and intelligence, I thought it lacked in character development and emotion. That was not helped by the narrator, who didn't provide sufficiently different voices for the characters, in my opinion, further adding to the lack of characterization and emotion in their voices. It all sounded a bit wooden to me, though that might also have been the fault of the translator - without being able to read (or listen to it) in Japanese, I can't decide which is at fault there.
I chose this because I wanted to try a Japanese murder mystery and it was well reviewed and awarded, but it didn't wow me and I'm not sure I'll try 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.
The writing and narration were excellent. The characters in this story are wonderfully developed and very rich in complexity. However there were very few surprises in the plot and it was too simple for my taste.
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.
I loved this book. The plot drew me in and kept me engaged through to the end of the book. Even threw a few surprises my way. I have recommended this book to friends who have enjoyed it as much as I have.
My first 10 minutes into the story I said to myself another wasted credit...I didn't know where the story was going. There wasn't anything to hang onto...but, then the story took off and what a ride I couldn't stop listening. You know taking my MP3 everywhere stealing a few minutes here and there, hating that I have to shut it down to take care of business. I loved the plot, the characters and the ending...big surprise I didn't see it coming.