Advance reader reviews of The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino.

The Devotion of Suspect X

By Keigo Higashino

The Devotion of Suspect X
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2011,
    304 pages.

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  • Betsey V. (Austin, TX)


    For fans of Nora Roberts
    This was advertised as winning the Japanese equivalent to the Nat'l Book Award, so I was expecting something even better than Murakami. Well, this was just juvenile. Nora Roberts, tops. It was written on a 7th grade level, maybe 6th. It had some violence, so it wasn't for young readers, but I kept saying "See Spot run" throughout. The narrative was less than pedestrian--cliches cut and pasted together.

    I mostly laughed because it was so preposterous and the characters were as thin and contrived as the pages they were written on. The basic outline to the story had potential, which was why I gave it two stars instead of one, but it was filled in with a ludicrous mess. The melodramatic ending was hilarious, but not meant to be.
  • Aprile G. (Northampton, Massachusetts)


    Lost in Translation
    A very quick and engaging read, although the characters aren't very nuanced (not that they really need to be in a murder mystery)and the final chapter falls completely flat and undermines some of the book's good qualities. But the prose often seems stilted--could this be a problem with the translation? I didn't dislike the book, but can't really say I'd highly recommend it.
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