The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino


This is a book that I can’t seem to put down once I started reading it. ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’ by Keigo Higashino, translated by Alexander O. Smith and Elye J. Alexander. The original Japanese edition sold 2 million copies.

According to reviewers, the author Keigo Higashino is “the Japanese Steig Larsson”. Having never read ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ but having heard of his famous Millennium series which was later translated into films and tv series, it totally grabbed my attention. I stayed away from the Millennium series as my close friends told me I wouldn’t be able to take the gore. However, ‘The Devotion of Suspect X’ was written with the right amount of suspense and pacing and the author weaved a poetic web of cat-and-mouse mystery.

The story is about a divorced single mother who killed her ex-husband when he threatened her and her daughter. Her normal life quickly went down the drain. Her seemingly normal high school teacher neighbour helped to dispose of the body and manufactured their alibis. The skeptical lead detective sought the help of his friend, a professor, to find holes in their alibis. Everyone tried to outmaneuver and outthink each other.

I got my copy from the library but it is available at the major bookstores near you. Read it to find out how the story develops and ends!

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