Book Reviews

Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

I love Higashino’s books and when I saw this book on NetGalley, I just HAD to request it. And I got approved! On my birthday! St. Martin’s Press actually made my day that day.

Goodreads synopsis:

NewcomerDetective Kyoichiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.

Review:

Like every other Higashino novel, this one’s different from traditional crime fiction. The premise is simple. A woman is dead and our favorite detective Kaga starts investigating. The business district near the woman’s apartment is filled with shops whose owners are in some way linked to her murder. How Kaga finally unmasks the killer forms the rest of the story.

The Higashino touch in this novel is that we don’t see Kaga’s POV until the very end. Instead, each chapter is dedicated to one of the shops of the business district of Nihonbashi. You get introduced to at least 3 new characters every chapter, but it doesn’t get confusing at all. And therein lies the beauty of a Higashino book.

We get the shop owners’ perspectives when they’re being investigated by Kaga and the other detectives of his precinct. At the end of each chapter, we also get to hear Kaga’s reasoning behind suspecting the people he did in that chapter. This was my only problem with the book. I don’t think a detective would reveal any information about an ongoing investigation to a person, despite them not being a suspect anymore.

But it’s very easy to look past this minor issue as the story is very plot-driven and fast-paced. If you’re craving crime fiction right now, this–or any other Higashino–should be your go-to!

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

~ Shruti

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