All She Was Worth
Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a "deep and moody" (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW) journey through the dark side of Japan's consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors-so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and th...more
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Honma’s investigation reveals the woman’s descent into debt, a common problem in Japan’s consumer driven economy. But soon he finds out the fiancée might have murdered the real Shoko Sekine and taken over the woman’s identity. ...more
What's especially "fun" and interesting about this book is that it's so relevant still to today. Credit card debt. Ah, who doesn't have any of that? (Besides me, but only because I don't have one.) I'm surro ...more
هذا شعوري الشخصي على أية حال, الرواية قد يتم تصنيفها على أنها بوليسية بشكلٍ ما, ولكن ليس على غرار أغاثا كريستي مثلاً, فهناك الكثير من التفاصيل عن النظام الإقتصادي في اليابان, الجانب الياباني الأسود الذي لا نعرف عنهُ شيئاً, لا أعرف ما إذا كانت الأمور الآن على حالها, فالرواية مطبوعة عام 97 بلغتها الأصلية.
كانت بعض المقاطع "القليلة" تشبه مقاطعاً من كتاب ...more
All She Was Worth starts off with the disappearance of a woman and follows an on-leave detective as he tries to find her and uncover the unusual circumstances in which she disappeared. Although that’s the main mystery flowing through the book, I di ...more
لا أتفق مع وصف القراء الآخرين لهذه الرواية بالبوليسية، فهي أكثر من ذلك بكثير. في خضم عملية البحث تكشف الكاتبة عن الوضع الإقصادي ...more
Even boring in some part, but pretty good.
— Khi bước vào cuốn sách này, Jay từng hy vọng một cái gì đó giống như The Ring lol :v Phần giới thiệu sách quá lôi cuốn, Jay tưởng chừng sẽ gặp một cái gì đó ghê gợn, sởn tóc gáy một chút…Nope. Jay đã lầm.
— Kesha là một câu truyện trinh thám rất lạnh lùng và rất thật. Thật đến mức đôi khi khô khan và cứng nhắc. Jay đọc được gần nửa quyển sách đã bắt đầu thấy ngao ngán. Các chi tiết rất hoàn hảo và chằn chịt, đá phăng mọi mơ tưở ...more
All She Was Worth by Miyabe Miyuki is a dark story about a young man in search for his fiancee who has gone missing. With the help of his uncle, a police detective, who in turn enlist ...more
You could almost call this a police procedural. Shunsuke Honma, a seasoned police detective on leave because of injury and by ...more
I liked this book. Not because I think it was such a great thriller, but because of other things.
First of all I loved the insight in the Japanese society. How people live, how things are organised. That world is so different from mine (and therefor so intriguing), that any description of more or less normal Japanese living is welcome.
Secondly, I liked the ...more
There were a couple parts I didn't really understand ...more
Inside this milieux we explore the way debt and credit create another layer of personae and motive - for people to tend, investigate, punish and escape in their encounters with one another.
A world where a person can exhibit fastidious personal habits, love and be loved, while at the same time live dupli ...more
I also liked the detective she developed, and I'm disappointed that Honma and his family (biological an ...more
Riveting, well-written contemporary fiction by one of Japan's most popular and prolific female writers. I've heard this book is even used in some Western universities to stu ...more
I was the girl who loves miniseries mail Japanese "Conan" and I grew up and I'm still fond of him and I find great fun too in its follow-up, when I found that the novel was not excited about it but I noticed made it detective novel its author Japanese and takes place in this country "Japan" I remembered then that the fun and that as long as the thrill that I found in the cartoon series Conan p ... so I decided to read it immediately ..We Liked significantly events ...more
Overall, while the book was set in Japan, to me it did not read "Japanese" as most Japanese novels I have read use words sparingly and beautifully.
Several reviewers have commented on the lengthy discussions regarding credit in Japan in the 1990s. I didn't see those as dragging ...more
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Here is a deftly written thriller that is also a “deep and moody” (New York Times Book Review) journey through the dark side of Japan’s consumer-crazed society. Ordinary people plunge into insurmountable, personal debt and fall prey to dangerous webs of underground creditors — so dangerous, in fact, that murder may be the only way out. A beautiful young woman vanishes, and the detective quickly finds she is not whom she claimed to be....more
I decided to make a big push and finish this by the end of the year. Hoping to reach my goal of 50 books. Reading as I do about one book a week on average such a goal is not unreasonable. Although if I fixate too much on that goal I tend to avoid long works that are o ...more
But in the minus column, a couple of pages demand to be skipped where a lawyer spouts exposition on the dangers to, and legal standing of heretofore not a ...more
As Honma sits at home, at a loss of what to do with his time off, his late wife's cousin Jun comes to visit with a request: his fiancée, Shoko Sekine, ran out on him in the middle of the night when he discovered she was bankrupt. Too embarrassed to ...more
Miyuki Miyabe (宮部みゆき Miyabe Miyuki) is a popular contemporary Japanese author active in a number of genres including science fiction, mystery fiction, historical fiction, social commentary, and juvenile fiction.
Miyabe started writing novels at the age of 23. She has been a prolific writer, publishing dozens of novels and winning many major literary prizes, including the Yamamo ...more