Book: Journey Under the Midnight Sun
Author: Keigo Higashino
Plot: When a man is found murdered in an abandoned building in Osaka in 1973, unflappable detective Sasagaki is assigned to the case. He begins to piece together the connection of two young people who are inextricably linked to the crime; the dark, taciturn son of the victim and the unexpectedly captivating daughter of the main suspect. Over the next twenty years we follow their lives as Sasagaki pursues the case – which remains unsolved – to the point of obsession
Rating: 4/5 stars
The sheer size of the book is going to make you faint
some of the best books I have read had come in a colossal size. Take breaking dawn for instance. The book could have beaten dictionary in its size yet you would never realize how you sprint through it because of its language but with this book though you are not going to get any of that. The book literally drags and my apologies to all the Keigo Higashino devotees as I would probably be going against their idol in this review
For one I am not sure whose writing I should refer when I talk about the writing. Because the book is a translated version of the author’s Japanese hit by Alexander O smith and Joseph Reeder. Well whoever is the writer and creator of the language can share the blame that the language of the book tends to be very robotic. There is no visible life in the narration and language as the script in the book is just that script… Narrating events after events but there is an ease in the language which makes the reading experience smooth.
When you pick up the book you should be aware of couple of things. The book is not at all going to be smooth and simple read. The size of the book in itself can be discouraging and even more discouragement comes as you begin the book and realize that there is no one direction to the book. You can’t track the book as it goes practically in every direction making you confused as to what the original plot is all about
Is there twists and turns? Yes there is no doubt in that but it’s more like the case of over usage of these twists and turns actually killing the fun. There are awfully lot of stuff happening in the book that its chaos all over. There are so many sub tracks and further sub tracks that you no more have the idea which is the main track that you need to pay attention and watch out for
The book is like a giant maze and you would require a map to get through your way in the book. The author has got himself too attached to his sub plots that readers find themselves exhausted and unable to follow all these numerous tracks, characters and their share of background story. Then there is another case that hampers the fun. The switch from an event happening from two years ago to present is so blurred that you fail to notice that within the gap of two lines your characters have aged 10 years and there has been drastic changes in their lives. Ironic for a book that otherwise goes into length with background stories
The book is painfully voluminous and runs too many parallel tracks that it becomes tedious to keep track of everything that is relevant or something that is being said in passing or for a general idea. More than three-fourth o f the book is exhaustive with plots, sub-plots and supporting facts that by the time the book actually starts getting interesting and things become clear, you might be no more keen about it but my advice is to hold on to your patience as the book really has a very twisted and dark plot that unravels towards the very end.