Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino
Five words from the blurb: husband, dead, poisoning, suspect, deceit
This wasn’t in the same league as The Devotion of Suspect X. The writing was simpler and it didn’t contain any of the same clever twists. I read to the end in the hope of being surprised, but unfortunately I wasn’t. Disappointing.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
Five words from the blurb: letter, secret, opens, truth, family
This book was so gripping I found myself trying to read it whilst doing other things. It was a real page-turner, with a fantastic cast of characters. Unfortunately it is one of those books that falls apart under scrutiny and my opinion of it lowers every time I think about it. It created a fantastic discussion at my book group, but I think we’ll all have forgotten what happened by the next meeting.
(because I enjoyed the experience of reading it so much)
Underworld by Don Delillio
Five words from the blurb: baseball, Russian, bomb, global, Bronx
I really wanted to read this modern classic, but I’m afraid the baseball bored me rigid. The writing was fantastic, but I failed to connect to any of the characters and felt an increasing sense of dread every time I picked up this massive chunkster. Life is too short to battle through a book this long that does nothing for you, so I abandoned it after about 150 pages.
The Summer of the Ubume by Natsuhiko Kyogoku
Five words: folklore, ghost, real, explanations, mystery
I was worried that this book might be too scary (it is described as horror on the cover) but that isn’t the case. The Summer of the Ubume is a rich discussion of the Japanese spirit world, concentrating on Ubume, the beings created when a pregnant woman dies. Unfortunately the book is dominated by a debate about what is real and what isn’t and I was already familiar with all the quantum physics and most of the philosophical arguments. If you’re new to this sort of discussion then you’ll love it, but I’m afraid I’d heard 90% of it before.
Despite the problems, it is probably still worth reading for all the information about the Japanese spirit world.
Have you read any of these books?
What did you think of them?