My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The Devotion of Suspect X is a crime novel with a difference. Like the classic tv series Columbo we know who the killer is right at the start of the book and, like Columbo, the rest of the book is about the police’s attempts to uncover the murderer, and there are plenty of twists and turns with alibis being checked and double and triple checked to see if they stand up to scrutiny. There is a surprising twist at the end of the novel which I, for one, never saw coming from what had transpired up to that point in the book.
The author of this book is quoted as being ‘The Japanese Steig Larsson’ which is probably just the publishers way of selling more copies than a general similarity between the writing of styles of Higashino and Larsson of which there are very little as far as I can tell. It was also the reason why I picked up the book to read as I had really enjoyed Larsson’s trilogy but I still can’t see the connection having now read the book as they are so different.
To talk about any of the characters in this book would reveal too much of the plot but suffice to say that there are some really interesting characters in this book most notably Ishigami who I think is the most interesting character of all in the book.
This is a very easy book to read and I think that the ending is quite clever and not at all what you would expect from this type of story, which gives the book an extra edge for me.