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~~~~~ DON'T READ THE BLURB ! ~~~~~,
This review is from: Out (Paperback)
Don't read the blurb. It gives away the whole plot, and that is a shame.
The novel is a tour de force, following the fate of four co-workers at a boxed lunch factory in Japan as they deal with the aftermath of the accidental [!] murder of a husband.
The book is long, so wouldn't suit those looking for a quick read. The length, though, is used to outline complex characters who are neither all good nor all bad. They each have their own histories and motives. They have their own detailed lives, and together it paints a convincing picture of life on the breadline in modern Japan.
The plot motors along with appropriate twists and turns. I won't give it away, but if you want details, look at the blurb! Importantly for me, the plot always remains credible. The coincidences are not too great, and the reactions and developments are very human. Others may disagree, of course. The pacing is beautifully measured too, building up and spinning out of control as the end nears.
Overall, it is one of the best reads I have had all year. I couldn't put it down and was sorry it was only 520 pages.
If you like detailed, tense thrillers that deal with ordinary people rather than masked villains, then give this a try.