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This book is billed in a number of places as a literary thriller, and it definitely does have a good degree of mystery and intrigue but no in the sense that you might expect from a thriller. So, if that's what you're looking for, something more action-oriented with a crazy plot this is not your book.
That being said, this book is excellent in many ways and is definitely worth a credit. The voicing is superb and the narrator does a great job of diving into Kitamura's hypnotic tone. It is incredibly slow though, I was playing this at X1.4 speed and it was ideal but when I went down to normal speed it sounded ridiculous.
It is a literary exploration of grief, marriage, identity and infidelity. Kitamura is a master at exploring her character's (only one real character to speak of - the protagonist) emotions. She does so subtly, very subtly; tip-toeing around the immense tension and conflict inherent in this books primary situation. She doesn't confront the conflict head on, and that's where some listeners may be put-off, waiting for a big reveal or a titanic moment where it all clicks.
It doesn't click plot-wise like a twisty thriller would, but it did hit me hard somewhere more subterranean, maybe spiritual, maybe existential.
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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
This book would be for someone who likes a very, very slow narrative with lots of description and inner rumination.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
The narrator read the book v-e-r-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y and it was not unusual for it to be obvious that she was caught off guard that the sentence had not ended. So it sounded stilted.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
The book was mostly annoying. If I were reading it, I don't think I would have finished it. I kept hoping that something would happen at the end to create an element of surprise, but it just plodded along until it finally petered out at the end.
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