Discussion of "The Devotion of Suspect X"

Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. for food, fun, and book chat! This month's book is "The Devotion of Suspect X" by Keigo Higashino (Japan). See more details about the book, the author, and the group at http://www.thebookertea.com

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The Devotion of Suspect X
by Keigo Higashino (Japan)


Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (February 28, 2012)
ISBN-10:[masked]
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Yasuko lives a quiet life, working in a Tokyo bento shop, a good mother to her only child. But when her ex-husband appears at her door without warning one day, her comfortable world is shattered. When Detective Kusanagi of the Tokyo Police tries to piece together the events of that day, he finds himself confronted by the most puzzling, mysterious circumstances he has ever investigated. Nothing quite makes sense, and it will take a genius to understand the genius behind this particular crime…

“Higashino won Japan’s Naoki Prize for Best Novel with this stunning thriller about miscarried human devotion, a bestseller in Japan. The author successfully combines unquestionable reasoning with unquenchable pain. In this brutally laconic translation, cold logic battles warm hearts throughout this elegant proof of the wages of sin, in which everyone suffers and no one can ever win.” –Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Winner of Japan’s prestigious Naoki Prize and a bestseller there with more than two million copies sold, this literary psychological thriller is a subtle and shifting murder mystery. It will make readers redefine devotion and trust in an otherwise complete stranger.” –Library Journal (starred review)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The Berlin chapter spoke a lot about the author's take on "agency" for the female character, which was a critical factor for those who strongly disliked the book. (The group was soundly split.) I'd be curious to hear what the DC group said about that!

    May 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I was also disturbed by her passivity. Even where she appeared make her own decision, to me it was as if she had no choice. There were several scenes in the book where she feels trapped and cannot say no -- one is when the the physics professor purposely comes to her job when she is about to end her shift. Although she does not want to walk with him, she feels she has no choice. I did not care for the book, but mainly because it read like a screenplay rather than a novel.

      May 7, 2014

    • Colleen

      For most of the book, I could not figure out why she inspired such devotion in Ishigami. She was ordinary and not very interesting. Everything fell into place for me when I found out what Ishigami was doing when they first met!

      May 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The discussion was informative. Interesting to hear different reactions to the book.

    1 · April 28, 2014

  • kate

    I really enjoyed the discussion. The book lent itself well to interpretation, and everyone had interesting view points. I was able to see the book from different angles.

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    All, I'm sorry I'll have to miss. The book was interesting toward the end, but somewhat slow as I was reading and I wanted to hear others' thoughts. Unfortunately, this conflicts with my tennis schedule.

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am looking forward to the discussion and meeting everyone on Sunday. I hesitated to accept the meeting invite, because I wasn't sure if I could finish the book by Sunday...but I'm done. This was an interesting read.
    Take care, Angela

    April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Kathy, I would like to bring a friend, who is thinking about joining our book club. He's very much enjoying The Devotion of Suspect X. Is it OK for me to bring him along? I'm pretty sure once he meets with us, he will join the group. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!

    April 23, 2014

    • Kathy

      Hi, Teresa. Yes, it's fine to bring your friend along for the next discussion, then if he's interested in continuing, he should join through meetup. Thanks for asking. Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday also.

      April 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks,Kathy! See you Sunday.

      April 23, 2014

  • Kathy

    Since our next scheduled discussion is on Easter, I'm polling on whether folks would rather meet a week later to discuss The Devotion of Suspect X, and then go back to the usual established schedule of 3rd Sundays for the May discussion.

    March 23, 2014

    • Colleen

      I might be able to make it on the 20th after all - not sure yet. I'm on the fence about reading the book. I'm usually bored by "puzzle books" but this one does not look typical.

      March 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be great Kathy. I will see you on the 27th?

      April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone - Kathy, thanks for pointing that out! Unfortunately, I won't be able to make it this time around, but please don't change anything on my account (I might not be able to make it the following weekend either!) I will catch you all next time. Enjoy!

    March 29, 2014

  • kate

    Thanks for the update. I will still be able to make it. Looking forward to it. See you soon.

    March 29, 2014

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