Paula W. (Winfield, IL)
Coffee, Tea, or Milk?
This is the first book I've read by a Japanese author. So, to clear the air, I'd like to say that I had difficulty keeping track of the Japanese names---never exactly sure who were male and who were female. So this was more of a challenge to follow than I normally have. So that was one "star" down. The plot---murder, adultery, "the perfect crime"---and coffee---was interesting enough for me to persevere. I was glad I did---the ending made it all worthwhile. Reading a "police procedural" novel from Japan was a novel (!) experience. The characters--once I figured out who they were---were not very carefully described. (Perhaps this is one in a series where the reader would be expected to know the "back story" on the main dectectives already. I don't know.) But , as wise ones suggested to me( when I bogged down in reading the great Russian novels)----if you read this, write down the names (and gender!) and function of the characters and keep referring to it till you know who's who. I would have enjoyed the book more if I had done this. I would recommend this to mystery-lovers who would like to try "something different."
Dell P. (Dallas, TX)
Salvation of a Saint
This who-done-it quickly became who-cares. While there is a certain intelligence throughout, the plot is more tedious than taut.
True salvation here is in tighter editing.
The reader is so exhausted by the redundancy of the plot that the finely-drawn characters get lost. Ditto for the intriguing juxtaposition of ancient Japanese culture and modern, fast Tokyo---bogged down by excessive and repititive plot.
Tension between Ayane, Hiromi, and the ghost of Junko builds well. However, this is not enough to carry a weak and rather naive story.
Dynamics between the police and professor were way overdone.
Overall, as an avid reader of this genre, I am underwhelmed. More tepid than chilling.
Carm D. (Omaha, NE)
Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
This was very well written, the crime and how it was solved was really excellent. I knew who the murderer was from the beginning, which took some of the fun out for me. I like to find out "who done it" right along with the detectives. It was fun that this was not an American or British detective/mystery novel. The differences in perspective and lifestyles were interesting to think about. I enjoyed reading this and would recommend it highly.
Sherrie R. (Fort Worth, TX)
Salvation of a Saint
I really liked this book. I was intrigued about the relationship between Ayane and Hiromi. Once Yukawa got involved in the investigations, the book went to another level.
I was intrigued by the different ways Kusanagi and Yukawa approached the murder. Once Kusanagi interviewed Kunio Sasoak, I couldn't put the book down until I reached the stunning conclusion. I reread the book in my mind once I had a different perspective on what was really going on!
Great for book clubs.
This would appeal to anyone who loves mysteries.
Patricia S. (Trevett, ME)
Hooked from the beginning
I really enjoyed the latest book from Keigo Higashino, but not quite as much as The Devotion of Suspect X because it took a longer to get to the conclusion. He kept me guessing throughout the book as he looked at each suspect in a different light with different clues. I kept waiting for something momentous to occur to help with finding the guilty suspect. Higashino was like a scientist as he dissected the case with help from the detectives, including a woman new to the force, yet it took a physics professor to come up with the guilty party. An intellectual mystery.
Jan T. (Leona Valley, CA)
Salvation of a Saint
This is a well plotted intricate mystery. The characters are well drawn. Although, we know whodunit from the start, the psychological nuances are what make this a interesting read. I rated it a good read because I felt it was a bit slow moving and I didn't feel emotionally connected to the characters in the story.
Beth B. (New Wilmington, PA)
Don't miss this!
Have you ever played 52-card pickup with a deck of playing cards? I was reminded of that experience while reading the well-written and suspenseful Salvation of a Saint. Police, detectives, forensics, and even a professor collaborated to pick up all pieces of evidence in a keep-you-guessing homicide case. You'll enjoy the skillful building of suspense in this quick read. I guarantee you'll not regret the romp through this terrific account of an able team solving the "almost perfect" murder.