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Winner of the Japan Mystery Writers Award, 'Naoko' is a black comedy of hidden minds and lives. Navigating the interstices between the real and the unreal with perfect plot twists, it is also a critique of gender relations by a male Japanese writer, one of their best-selling.

An everyman, Heisuke works hard at a factory job to provide for his wife, Naoko, and young daught...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Vertical (first published September 1998)
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Sandra
Aug 25, 2012 Sandra added it
I love Higashino's writing. With that said, this book I found disturbing. The premise is that Heisuke Sugita, a loving husband and father whose world rotates around family, turns on the television to hear of a horrible bus accident, a bus that his beloved family was on. His wife died protecting her daughter. The daughter lies sleeping in a deep coma.

When Monami, his daughter, awakens the spirit and mind of the mother, Naoko, resides in her daughter's body. I can't go into too much detail concer...more
Athul
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Michele Weiner
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Alibiserver
On first impression, Keigo Higashino’s novel may appear like the typical supernatural family novel type that will bring you close to tears. Upon finishing it, you will be mistaken. It’s a mystery novel where nothing is stolen, no one gets assaulted AND murdered, and clues are left on the reader’s thinking. It is also question of morality, of gender play, and romance. The first time I finished the book, I remembered Henrik Ibsen’s The Doll House, and left me with a puzzling ending that could haun...more
Gertrude & Victoria
Naoko, by the ever popular Higashino Keigo, is the first novel to be translated into English. I found this to be one of the easiest Japanese novels to read. It is easy because of its simple diction and catchy plot. It is also a sad story of motherly love.

This work is not unlike Ichikawa Takuji's Be With You, which explores very similar themes: a mother's love for her children. With the quirkiness that seems to be very Japanese, this is a charming story of familial love and devotion, full of cute...more
Hoàng Linh
Có hai điều cần nói về cuốn này.
Thứ nhất là mình thích cách tác giả khắc họa tính cách, miêu tả nội tâm nhân vật. Sugita hiện lên rất chân thực, có những đức tính đáng trân trọng, nhưng không phải kiểu tốt hóa toàn diện, mà vẫn được nhìn nhận ở góc độ con người, vẫn có những ham muốn bản năng, những ích kỷ, mâu thuẫn nội tâm dẫn đến hành xử khác thường. Khác với cuốn Phía sau nghi can X, cuốn này mình cho là tác giả đầu tư nhiều về tính cách nội tâm nhân vật hơn là nội dung chi tiết.
Thứ hai, t...more
Anita
Wow. This was a roller coaster. I read this in one sitting and while it kept me flipping the pages, I couldn't give it 5 stars because I feel emotionally battered now.
Jerry Ghazali
Menariknya novel ini, Keigo Higashino sengaja meletakkan anak perempuan protagonis iaitu Monami dan isterinya Naoko sebagai subjek pertukaran roh setelah roh kedua-dua mereka bertukar tanpa persetujuan dan kemahuan dalam satu kemalangan. Naoko maut, manakala Monami koma tanpa sebarang kecederaan.

Lazimnya mengikut kajian, pertukaran roh berlaku bila wujudnya persetujuan antara dua pihak. Biasanya ia berlaku akibat trauma daripada kemalangan, pembedahan berisiko tinggi, cubaan membunuh diri, kemur...more
Kevin.kwfoong
The moment I finished 'Devotion of Suspect X', I ordered this book from Amazon as no bookstores in Malaysia has this book. And just as I did with Suspect X, I finished this in 2 days. All reviews talk about how the spirit of the mother lives in the body of her daughter after the fatal accident. But that is just the tip-of-the-iceberg. This book is really about how the husband adapts to life after the accident, how he struggles with the confusion of whether he's a husband, or a father. "Did I los...more
Cateline
Naoko by Keigo Higashino

"He didn't see it coming. At all." The very first line allows the reader know that even though all seems pretty idyllic, that won't last long. Heisuke and Naoko have a happy marriage, and a beautiful daughter, Monami. Their lives are shattered by a horrific accident that takes the life of one of the two latter ones mentioned. It appears that Monami has survived, she is in a coma and when she awakens, refuses to speak. Therein lies the human mystery.

How these two, Heisuk...more
Noriko Suzuki
For me, It was a first book written by Keigo Higashino.While reading last several pages, I couldn't stop crying. Though the story is out of reality, very touching and even couldn't make any decision if I were in that situation. Made me think about what true love is.

初めて読んだ東野作品。本で泣いたのも初めて。もし自分だったらどうするか…考えるだけで胸が締め付けられるほど苦しくなります。
Calcifer
Although the idea of souls-changing-bodies often has a high potential of being banal, the idea of having one’s wife and daughter changing bodies is disturbing. With the eerie atmosphere of this novel, Higashino depicts the fragility of romantic love. Just by changing the circumstances, the wife’s affection for her husband declines as she seizes the opportunity to start over her life in her daughter’s body. The husband’s grief as the couple drifts apart shows that people in love are still individ...more
Maymo Lolay
Himistu นิยายที่คนอย่างเราไม่มีวันเอามาอ่านจนจบ เป็นนิยายที่เจอตอนทำงานกับพี่ขุนเมื่อตอนเดือนตุลา 51 เป็นเรื่องราวของครอบครัวหนึ่ง ที่เกิดอุบัติเหตุทางรถยนต์ วิญญาณของแม่กับลูกสลับกัน วิญญาญของลูกที่เข้าไปอยู่ในร่างแม่ถ้าจำไม่ผิดตายมั้ง เหลือแต่วิญญาณแม่ที่อยู่ในร่างลูก
คนเป็นพ่อรู้ว่าวิญญาณที่อยู่ในร่างลูกคือเมียตัวเอง แต่ก็ทำเป็นไม่รู้ไม่ชี้และปล่อยไป ตอนจบคือลูกเจอคนรักใหม่ และแต่งงาน ใช่มันก็แค่นั้น แต่ถ้าให้คิดละเอียดจริงๆล่ะก็ มันมีทางออกตั้งหลายทั้ง แล้วนั่นก็เป็นคนที่เรารัก ถ้ามองในมุมขอ...more
Kirstie
As a massive admirer of Japanese mystery and crime fiction, I couldn't wait to dig in to Naoko, and I wasn't disappointed.
It was less of a straightforward 'mystery' than I thought, but that didn't have any impact on my enjoyment of it.
Heisuke's wife and daughter are in a bus accident, and he's devastated when his wife, who he loves very much, dies.
But when his daughter comes out of her coma, her personality is actually her mother's.
As well as being difficult socially - how a 36-year-old mother h...more
Trí Trần
Cuốn sách này xứng đáng nhiều hơn 2/5 :))

Nhưng thật khó để đánh giá đúng một cuốn sách khi bản thân căm ghét nhân vật nữ chính =))

Sẽ nhiều người thích cuốn sách này, thích nhân vật Naoko.

Cuốn sách này hay. Chỉ có điều đơn giản là mính không thích nó.

P/s: có vẻ trong tiểu thuyết, các nhân vật nữ mang tên Naoko đều có gì đó không bình thường ヾ(@゜∇゜@)ノ
Elvira
The first half of the book could have easily been torn out, it just might have made the book better that way.
After the first hundred pages, however, it looses part of its cliché plotline, and I didn't even anticipate the way it ended, which, in this case, is a good thing.
Katsura
The original title of this book in Japanese is "Secrets," and I think it is a better description of the book itself. I could not put down the book and stayed up all night to read it. All the emotions and struggles experienced by the characters are well described.
John King
Metempsychosis, the transmigration of the soul, is usually played for laughs or horror, but Higashino treats it as a reality for the two protagonists. What would happen to an adult housewife if she suddenly inhabits her eleven year old daughter's body after a fatal bus accident? For one thing, she would have what most people dream of: a second chance at youth. How would she and her forty year old husband deal with it? Has not Heisuke, the husband, really lost both his wife and daughter? This has...more
Phương Hoa
Thật là may mắn khi đọc cuốn này trước Phía sau nghi can X, vì sẽ không bị ảnh hưởng nhiều khi đọc.
Lúc đầu nghĩ nó phải thiên về trinh thám bí ẩn một chút, đọc xong mới thấy mình nhầm hoàn toàn. Câu chuyện diễn ra chậm rãi nhưng không bị nhạt, mà cứ cuốn theo, khiến ta không thể dứt mình ra được. Về nội dung thì hướng của truyện rất giống những tác phẩm của Banana Yoshimoto, luôn có yếu tố siêu thực, tuy nhiên phải gần đến cuối mới giải quyết được tất cả. Kết thúc theo mình thì hơi hường tí, đi...more
Monique
Maaaan, this was so close to being a five-star book seriously it was so weird and intriguing I am glad I took the time and the effort (its only 282 pages but the font and print is so small there are like a thousand and fifty words on the page!)and I also realized that I love Japanese novels translated as they always have a quirky twist you never thought of (see my review of Out and Real World by Natsuo Kirino)and this one was no exception it was the story of a trio--mother, father, and daughter...more
Christa
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David Bonesteel
A tragic bus accident causes the spirit of a woman, Naoko, to take over the body of her daughter, Monami. Naoko's body dies, and Monami's essence appears to be lost forever. Naoko and her husband, Heisuke, decide to deal with this situation in secret. After all, who would believe them? So, to the world, it appears that Heisuke is a widower living with his daughter, when in fact his daughter has died and he is living with his wife--although, really, he has lost them both.

When author Keigo Higashi...more
brianna
Naoko relies far more on concept than talent in writing - although it is important to note what could have been lost in translation.

The relationship between a man whose wife has somehow ended up in the body of their daughter after an accident that kills his wife has a lot to un-pack and speculate about, and that was what made the novel interesting - it was like Lolita with more morality when it comes to the narrator, and a different twist.

I can't say I was blown away by the novel, but for ingenu...more
Gerald Kinro
This novel is set in Japan. Heisuke is a hardworking provider for his wife Naoko and daughter Monami. His life is shattered when an accident that leaves Naoko dead and Monami in a coma. When Monami finally awakes, she appears to think that she is Naoko. In fact she knows things that Naoko could know but she herself could not. They secretly resume their life where it left off—he a father and she his daughter. The story follows Monami/Naoko, the girl with a woman’s mind, from intermediate school t...more
David B
A tragic bus accident causes the spirit of a woman, Naoko, to take over the body of her daughter, Monami. Naoko's body dies, and Monami's essence appears to be lost forever. Naoko and her husband, Heisuke, decide to deal with this situation in secret. After all, who would believe them? So, to the world, it appears that Heisuke is a widower living with his daughter, when in fact his daughter has died and he is living with his wife--although, really, he has lost them both.

When author Keigo Higashi...more
Marie
Naoko is described as "a black comedy of hidden minds and lives" and a "critique of gender relations." I'm not sure if I would call it either a comedy or a gender critique, but it was an interesting read.
Higashino is a best-selling, award-winning writer in Japan, but he's not very well known in the U.S.

Naoko is the story of a factory worker, Heisuke, and his wife, Naoko, and young daughter, Monami. Naoko and Monami head up to Nagano on a ski bus to visit family, but tragically the bus drives off...more
Opal
Heisuke faces a terrible tragedy when his wife is killed in a ski bus accident and his daughter is left in a coma. Only when his daughter Monami wakes up she seems to think she’s his wife Naoko.

This book was described as a black comedy and it was certainly black. There are moments your heart aches for the couple as they try to navigate their way through life in their different roles. Not as wife and husband but as father and daughter. This isn’t your typical Freaky Friday novel with comical twis...more
Fye haslonglastname
I hate this book with passion.

It was good for a few chapters then it went down to the point that I almost threw the book away. When I finished the book I felt disgusted and horrified in the same time.

I have to admit that it has some chemicals that attract the reader to keep going. But I can not accept the context.

I suppose anyone could give this a go. May be it was just my snob bitchiness that drove my hatred.

In case anyone is thinking 'wth are you on about?',,,, I can not clarify my hatred d...more
Vicky
I recently discovered Higashino's "Professor Galileo" series on the new mystery shelf at the library, but was surprised when the library did not have Naoko, the book for which he won the Japan Mystery Writers Award, so I asked for the library to purchase it as well. I have just finished it would recommend it even to non mystery readers. It has an element of the mystery to it and is definitely a page turner, but it much more. Without giving too much away, this story of multiple personalities and...more
LookPla
ได้รับรางวัลสาขาหนังสือสืบสวน แต่ในเรื่องไม่มีการฆาตกรรม เลือดไม่สาด
ไม่ต้องตามล่าหาตัวฆาตกร หรือกลวิธี เหตุจูงในการฆ่า
แต่ก็กลับเป็นนิยายที่น่าอ่าน ชวนติดตาม
ชีวิตที่เหนือความฝันที่เกิดขึ้นจะทำให้เฮซึเกะและนาโอโกะใช้ชีวิตต่อไปอย่างไร
ความสัมพันธ์ของทั้งคู่จะเดินไปตามเส้นทางไหน และจะลงเอยอย่างไร
มันเป็นเรื่องชวนให้คิดตาม หนทางไหนจะดีที่สุดสำหรับทั้งคู่
การปล่อยชีวิตเติบโตไปข้างหน้าอย่างที่มันควรจะเป็น
บางทีมันก็ยากที่จะเดินชีวิตต่อไปเมื่อรู้ว่า
ข้างในร่างกายนั้นแท้จริงดวงวิญญาณคือคนรักของเรา
แต่ต้องบอกว่...more
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Keigo Higashino is one of the most popular and biggest selling fiction authors in Japan—as well known as James Patterson, Dean Koontz or Tom Clancy are in the USA.

Born in Osaka, he started writing novels while still working as an engineer at Nippon Denso Co.(presently DENSO). He won the Edogawa Rampo Prize, which is awarded annually to the finest mystery work, in 1985 for the novel Hōkago (After S...more
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