Book Review: The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
Wow! That is one of the most original crime novels I’ve read. It’s been a huge hit in Japan and it is great news that it has been translated into English for us to enjoy. The story centres around Yasuko, a solo mother of a young teenage girl, who is trying to support her daughter and herself by working long hours at a nearby shop that makes boxed lunches. But then her ex-husband shows up threatening their safe and happy existence and he follows her to her small apartment. A fight ensues and in desperation Yasuko strangles him. Mother and daughter are distraught. They don’t know what to do. Should they phone the police? Should they hide the body? But then a surprising thing happens, their next door neighbour, a shy maths teacher, a man who has a crush on Yasuko and who clearly heard the commotion, offers to help them…
The police soon have Yasuko in their sights as their main suspect, but will this unassuming but brilliant maths teacher outsmart them? This is a page-turning and very surprising novel. One to recommend to all.