The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Minotaur Books, 2011. (Published February 1)
[Source: Publisher @ ALA Midwinter Meeting]
Yasuko Hanaoka’s abusive ex-husband has tracked her down again. She tries to get rid of him, but in an instant everything changes. Yasuko is forced to murder him to protect her daughter. The next door neighbor, Ishigami, immediately offers to help hide her crime. The novel then becomes a battle of wits between Ishigami, police detective Kusanagi, and Yukawa, a brilliant physicist with connections to both Ishigami and the police. The reader feels the tension of whether or not Hanaoka and Ishigami will be found out.
The author, Keigo Higashino is a bestselling author in his native Japan, and it is easy to see why. The Devotion of Suspect X is the best of suspense. I was in a continual state of anticipation, and, in the end, completely surprised by the ending. It was simultaneously unbelievable and believable. The psychological stress Higashino is able to generate in both his characters and his readers is remarkable. I highly recommend The Devotion of Suspect X, and am hopeful we all have the opportunity to read more of his work in the future.
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