Book Reviews

Salvation of a saint by Keigo Higashino

I picked this book up when I went on a book buying spree. I had already read Malice by this author before (and abso-freakin-lutely loved it). I bought this book with great expectations and it sure did not disappoint!

Goodreads synopsis:

17168023When a man is discovered dead by poisoning in his empty home his beautiful wife, Ayane, immediately falls under suspicion. All clues point to Ayane being the logical suspect, but how could she have committed the crime when she was hundreds of miles away? As Tokyo police detective Kusanagi tries to unpick a seemingly unrelated sequence of events he finds himself falling for Ayane. When his judgement becomes dangerously clouded his assistant must call on an old friend for help; it will take a genius to unravel the most spectacular web of deceit they have ever faced… SALVATION OF A SAINT is a magnificently complex and page-turning thriller starring international crime fiction’s most enigmatic sleuth. This is essential reading for all fans of exceptional crime fiction.


Detective Kusanagi and his junior Utsumi are investigating a crime. It seems like the victim’s wife did it but there is no way she could have pulled it off. Thrown into the mix is Kusanagi’s little crush on the wife, Ayane. Utsumi, not trusting Kusanagi’s judgement anymore, decides to bring in Professor Yukawa (nicknamed Detective Galileo) for help. Together, the trio crack open this complex case.

The characters were all written well in this book. I wasn’t really noticing if they showed any growth, if a reader would be able to connect with them, or anything because all I cared about was the plot. This is an entirely plot-driven book. “How did the killer do it?” is a question you’ll be breaking your head over, trying to figure it out just like the detectives in the book.

The world building is detailed. This maybe a translated book, but the writing was great too! The brilliant storyline was not derailed by the writing anywhere. From the aesthetics point of view, every part of the book was delightful to read.

While Malice was more of a why-did-he-do-it than a whodunnit, this book races to answer the who, the how, and the why. There are many twists in the story; many leads to be found. What I liked about the progress of the story was how natural the investigation process flowed. This is probably how actual detective work happens- there are leads and there are dead ends.

Overall, this was a neat read (I think “neat” describes it perfectly!). The why part of the crime is revealed towards the end. While the way in which the crime was committed sure did surprise and excite me, I did not find the motive very convincing. I cannot reveal further without spoiling the book. However, every crime fiction enthusiast should check this book out! You will not regret it.


4 out of 5

What did you think of my review? If you’ve read this book before, what where your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! 🙂

~ Shruti

(Find me on Goodreads)

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