Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Devotion of Suspect X.

The Devotion of Suspect X is a Japanese crime fiction novel by Keigo Higashino. It is a part of the Galileo detective series (which I was unaware of earlier). Frankly speaking I had not much hope from this book because 'crime' is not my forte, however currently my thoughts say otherwise. 

The book revolves around main characters Tetsuya Ishigami, Yasuka Hanaoka and Manabu Yukawa. However, other equally important characters include Misato Hanaoka, Detective Kusangi, Shinji Togashi. The book begins with an insight into the daily life and habits of Ishigami and Yasuka which was a little monotonous because I hardly knew what to expect from the book, but apparently all of it turned out to be for good reason. 

I'm definitely not going to talk much about the story because I don't want to spoil it for you but all I will say is that being a Crime Fiction it definitely involves a murder and its a one of a type. Often people wait for the murder to be caught but in this case the portrayal of the characters is as such that one begins to take the side of the murders for good cause rather than detectives. 

The story moves at a progressively fast rate once the murder happens and from then on the excitement gets higher. While the murder is committed by Yasuka Hanaoka, her neighbour Ishigami gets involved in it and ends up being the devoted suspect. Manabu Yukawa is an ex classmate of Ishigami and also helps detective Kusangi on his cases, hence he tries his level best poking his nose around discovering the true criminal. The best part about the story is that traditionally, one is unaware of the murderer (as seen in most crime fiction books), but in this one you are led through the path of how the detectives discover the murderer. 

What's surprisingly pleasant is that the author has well thought out and planned the novel and is a true genius himself. Plotting and planning all schemes, only makes you believe in the book and the crime even more. One definitely will have a soft corner for the criminals in spite of their actions. Every words and plan that Ishigami schemes out for Misato and Yasuka is a mastermind in itself. 

The writing style is simple yet strong and comes across as a well written book. Words used are easy to understand for everyone, however the plots make you think a little which is definitely a good thing. The author unknowingly makes you believe things he wants you to believe, hence proving that he is indeed a brilliant author with a great sense of style. 

When we are shown how Yukawa picks out the slightest hints from Ishigami's deceiving behaviour, one literally prays that Yukawa shouldn't be able to discover the true plan. By the time you reach the end, you form a bond and a sort of connection with the characters and are literally hoping for the best for them.

A plus point of the book being: its gripping tale and the author's way of writing keeps you hooked and I couldn't put the book down. I'm sure that this book will have you wanting more of Keigo Higashino's books and you would want to read all the other books in the series. 

This book has become a nation wide obsession and phenomenon in Japan and I'm sure, in no time, all of India will be crazy about it. 2 Million people have it on their lips and finger tips and as shown in the above image, they can't be wrong. I am one of them. This book is surely a must read for every crime fiction fan and also for those like me who aren't the crime fiction reader type, because there's something about this book that's for everybody.

Review: Definitely catch it, you have got to read it. If you are a crime fiction lover and even if you aren't, its going to have you gripped. 

4.5/5 smilies. 

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