Journey Under the Midnight Sun

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Stepping into the world of “Journey Under the Midnight Sun” by Keigo Higashino. I felt like I was on a path veiled in shadow, with only the faintest of light to guide me. The story, rooted in a grim discovery in Osaka in 1973, unfolds. Not as a conventional mystery but as a profound exploration of the human condition. It stretched over two decades of intertwined lives and hidden truths.

“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.

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From the outset, Ryo and Yukiho, children bound by the aftermath of a crime. They emerged as figures of deep intrique and complexity. Higashino has this unique way of drawing you into their lives, making you feel every bit of their anguish and longing. I found myself rooting for them. I want them to find some semblance of happiness. This is a sign of compelling character development that Higashino masterfully lays out.

Ryo and Yukiho’s relationship, scarred and shaped by tragedy, evolved in a way that kept me tethered to the pages. Higashino’s skill in character development is something. Even after the last page, I found myself still wrapped in the afterglow of their story.

If you expect this as a straightforward detective book, then you will be disappointed. Higashino doesn’t just ask “whodunit” but goes into the “why.” The real beauty of this novel lies in its exploration of the impacts. Not to mention, the intricacies of the relationship that central to the mystery.

Rating Journey Under the Midnight Sun

Among Higashino’s books, “Journey Under the Midnight Sun” shines the brightest for me. Its blend of nuanced character arcs and unexpected plot twists is nothing short of brilliant. His writing carries you through the narrative, and you will find yourself consumed by the mystery and human drama.

The concept of midnight sun – something constant but elusive – perfectly captures the story. It is a narrative that goes into a quest for truth in a realm where it seems as distant as the sun at midnight. More than a mystery, I feel this book is an introspective look at human nature, and our search for understanding.

Rating this book a solid 5 out of 5, I’m not just drawn to its storytelling power, but for its ability to resonate with human emotions and mystery that refuses to be solved neatly.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Mia

A writer and researcher who also a tech-addict and internet-junkie. Loves quirky stuff.

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