Friday, 3 June 2011

may reading

I heard about both of these titles on the radio when there was a guest recommending books with a common theme, I think that it was justice. Anyway, I put them on hold and they arrived soon after each other so I ended up reading them in close succession.

Damage by John Lescroart - After a couple of disappointments I'm a bit wary of New York Times bestselling authors. This one wasn't great writing but also wasn't bad; the storyline wasn't particularly subtle but it was involved enough to hold your attention. A bit of a page-turner which isn't always a bad thing. Yes, no, yes, no - could I be any more ambivalent? I enjoyed reading it but wouldn't necessarily recommend it.

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino - This book was much more nuanced. Again, like with The Sleeping Dragon, I wasn't sure whether there were some cultural subtleties that were not chiming for me. Suspect X has covered up a murder and his devotion to the inadvertant murderess is treated as a virtue and is a focus of admiration, despite what it becomes clear he has done to the corpse in the process. But there's even more to it than that ... yes, I recommend this one.

If you happen to have read or subsequently read any of the books that I have, please do let me know what you thought of them.

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