Journey Under the Midnight Sun
By Keigo Higashino
“When you wander in the dark too long, you start to see things that aren’t really there.”
In Osaka, 1973, a body was found in an abandoned building. The police never caught the killer nor the motive for the murder. The story then moves on to Ryo, the son of the murdered man, and Yukiho, the daughter of the main suspect, were the ones who are most affected by the crime.
If you expect this as a straightforward detective book, then you will be disappointed. The truth is span over twenty years – with several other crimes entangled in between. You may grasp who are the culprits quite early in the novel, but with the way Higashino wrote, you will want to read until the end – for the final twist.
At some part of the book, I find myself rooting for Ryo and Yukiho. I want to read them have their happy ending, and how will their relationships develop over the years. This is a sign of good character development, in my opinion. Even until I finished the book, I still feel some sort of sympathy towards the characters. The term midnight sun could never be more precise.
From several of Keigo Higashino’s books, this is by far the best that I ever read. The character development, plot twist, and writing are superb.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
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