Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

Rating: 4.5/5
Read between June 18th,2017 to June 22nd,2017

Edition Details:
Format : Paperback
Page Count: 374
Publisher : Hachette India
Series : Detective Galileo #3

First Sentence:
At 7:35 am Ishigami left his apartment as he did every weekday morning.

Yasuko Hanaoka is a single mother who's living a quiet life with her daughter, Misato. She goes to work and comes back to her apartment. That has been her life from quiet some time.
Tetsuya Ishigami is a high school mathematics teacher who a neighbour of Yasuko. He knows women as pretty as Yasuko is way out of league but he's in love with her.
When Shinji Togashi, ex-husband of Yasuko comes to meet Yasuko she knows that he just wants to exploit her again.  They have an argument and then one thing leads to another and Yasuko finds herself in a big trouble.
Tetsuya finds out about it and promises to save Yasuko. He has a plan and he thinks he can save them from the clutches of law.
But can he?
Kusanagi the detective who's charged with solving the crime is perplexed by the circumstances. When his investigation comes to a dead end, he goes to his friend Manabo Yukawa for help. Yukawa is a physicist and is known as Detective Galileo among the police officers, He has often helped them solve tricky cases,Will he be able to solve this one?
Who will win in this battle of wits?

I had heard a lot of good things about the book and so i had huge expectations from it. I'm glad to say that it lived up to its hype..Initially, i was finding it hard to get the hang of all those Japanese names but as i progressed i could remember the names of major characters. I hope with more Japanese literature in my TBR(to be read) list i would become good at remembering Japanese names. But for now i would just say that  'A devotion of suspect X' is one of the best thrillers that i have read this year.

There is no mystery here as to how the crime takes place. The reader knows what happens and how it happens. But the plan that Ishigami executes to make sure the culprit gets scott free is something that was treat to read. Plus, there is Yukawa aka  Detective Galileo who is called to solve the crime. The battle of wits between these two geniuses was something that made the read entertaining till the end. It was more fun because they were fighting for the opposite party but personally these two were friends who cared for each other. This made it an interesting concept.

By the end of the book i thought that i had figured out the plan but boy, how wrong i was. I definitely didn't see that curve ball that the writer had thrown towards us.

The only thing that i didn't like about the book was the decision that Yukawa takes in the end. I think it was something that he could have avoided as it didn't do any good and caused pain to everybody involved. If i would have been in Yukawa's place i would not have taken that decision.

In the end i would just say if you are into good thrillers then you should definitely check out this book. I enjoyed it till the end and i hope you would too. If you have read the book then do tell me how did you like it.

Some quotes from the book:

That's what happens when you free people from the restraints of time. They make their own rigid schedule.

Your assumptions are your worst enemies. Trust them too much, and you'll fail to see what's right under your nose.

They certainty had no idea what they had done, but that was okay. Sometimes all you had to do was exist in order to be someone's saviour.


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