by Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith (Translator)
Although the book has been hyped as a thriller, I found the thriller part pretty simple. Frankly speaking there are far better thriller available in the market. So, as far as the THRILLER part of the book goes, I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5.
Now comes the twist. There also happens to be a tragic layer in the book apart from the thriller part. And, that is what makes this book such a captivating read. While reading the last few pages, you cant help but feel sad for Ishigami. Specially when he recollects about his sad life, his suicide attempt, the first time he looked into Yasuko's eyes, his matrix about imagined time spent with Yasuko and Misato. At this point we feel, that haven't we all, especially the stodgy ones, felt like this atleast once in our life. When we look into a person's eyes and start living once again, only to realize that for her I am just a 'X'. Where we devote ourselves to a person completely only to see her holding the hands of someone else. Where we wont hesitate to do something like Ishigami just to see that no harm comes to her.
For me this book is something more than just a thriller. This is truly a story about the devotion of that person, who always remains a 'X', but never becomes a definite part of Yasuko's life.
5 stars for this book, I wish i could have given 500.