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Kathleen B. (Las Vegas, NV)
ANOTHER HIGASHINO WINNER
Last year Keigo Higashino's THE DEVOTION OF SUSPECT X was my favorite book of the year. I was so pleased to receive a copy from Book Browse of SALVATION OF A SAINT, ARC.
Dell P. (Dallas, TX)
Salvation of a Saint
This is an intelligent and suspenseful mystery. I love the difference in the detective style of Japanese detectives as shown in this novel.
This was about a troubled marriage ending with the poisoning death of the husband. The main suspect being his wife with an air-tight alibi.
The conundrum is how was the crime committed?
The fascination with the book lies in watching the detectives work.
I enjoyed this book and I think you will too, especially if you are mystery fan.
This who-done-it quickly became who-cares. While there is a certain intelligence throughout, the plot is more tedious than taut.
Carm D. (Omaha, NE)
Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan T. (Leona Valley, CA)
Salvation of a Saint
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.
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.
Joan B. (Ellicott City, MD)
Who was saved??
I am sorry to be so conflicted about the review of this book. It was a page turner! I was anxious to see what was going to happen. That being said - there were way too many coincidences to be believable. It is possible that the translation made the dialogue seem awkward. For me, the victim was so unlovable that I could not be sorry that he was dead. And for a "by the book" detective to have a schoolboy crush on a complete stranger was far fetched. The story has received some positive comment so perhaps I missed something. I am thankful to have the opportunity to read new publications. That has been a pleasure!