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The Devil's Whisper

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  398 ratings  ·  64 reviews
Three deaths come in quick succession: one girl jumps from the roof of a six-story building; another falls in front of a train; and a third is hit by a late-night taxi. But how are they related? And are they accidents, suicides -- or murder?
Slowly, the answers are uncovered by sixteen-year-old Mamoru, the nephew of the taxi driver currently being held by the police on cha
Paperback, 263 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Kodansha (first published December 1989)
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The Shameless Lofinka
I chose the book because of the cover, that looks really scary. Of course I don't mean the American version,

but the Czech one. Didn't read annotation, because I couldn't looked away. That cover. Ingenious. I mean, what else would be a cover of the horror book than that with Samara (that Samara)? Yes, right now there's a big lightning and it all hit somewhere awfully close. And I think I peed. This time really.

The main heroine is sixteen years old Mamoru living with his aunt, uncle and cousin in
Seth Hahne
The Devil's Whisper is a novel that wants to be more than a mystery novel. And sometimes it succeeds.

Actually, taken as a straight up mystery, it's a pretty poor example of the genre. There aren't really any clues and the only way one could come to expect the conclusion to the matter is if one is given to predicting the outlandish. So it's fortunate that Miyabe's novel wants to be something other than simple detective fiction. It's kind of like Murakami's Wind-Up Bird Chronicle in that—save for
The Devil’s Whisper (2007) [translation of Majutsu wa sasayaku:] is a non-series novel from 1989 by “Japan’s #1 Bestselling Mystery Writer” which follows teenager Mamoru Kusaka as he tries to exonerate his uncle Taizo, a Tokyo taxi driver being held for running over and killing a young woman late one night. In spare and unrelenting prose, the author weaves several threads together, as links are discovered between the deaths of several other young women originally classed as suicides. Mamoru has ...more
This is a very good book. I couldn't put it down and ended up not going to sleep until 4:30am. The "cause" of the deaths is a little bit far-fetched, but it's handled in such a great way that the plausibility factor didn't bother me in the least. I'm definitely going to check out more of her work; too bad none of it is available on Kindle.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I used to have this notion that a book under 250 pages wasn't worth reading and I was just confirmed in that notion by another mystery book by another author when I read this book. I was intrigued by the mystery and threads of the plot. Would very much like to read more by this author.
the second mystery i've read by this author, very good. Interesting social and psychological insights into modern japanese (in tokyo) culture, interesting characters. The mystery itself is a little clunky but still interesting.
For me, this book was a quick, enjoyable read. Certain plot points seemed to be a bit of a stretch, but this was not too difficult for me to overlook. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by Miyabe.
Oky Septya
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Semenjak kecil Mamoru sudah merasakan hukuman dari masyarakat karena kesalahan ayahnya. Teman satu-satunya hanya si Kakek. Setelah Ibunya meninggal dan tidak ada teman di Hirakawa ia akhirnya tinggal bersama keluarga Asano.

Ketika paman Taizo Asano dituduh sebagai pembunuh Mamoru tidak tinggal diam. Biarpun usianya baru 16 tahun dia itu anak yang cerdas, jadi ia segera saja menyelediki kasus Yoko Sugano. Apalagi telepon misterius dari pe
Ini soal pembunuhan!
Ada 3 kasus pembunuhan yang diselidiki oleh Mamoru, hanya karena ingin membersihkan nama pamannya yang menjadi tersangka dari kasus pembunuhan.

Mamoru, seorang anak yang harus pindah ke Tokyo untuk tinggal bersama pamannya setelah sang ibu meninggal justru harus dihadapkan pada kenyataan sang paman yang berprofesi sebagai supir taksi menjadi tersangka karena menabrak orang hingga meninggal. Lalu muncul kematian-kematian selanjutnya yang akhirnya mampu diselidiki oleh Mamoru ju
Knihu jsem si v knihovně vybrala díky obálce, která vypadá opravdu strašidelně. Anotaci jsem vůbec nečetla, protože děsivá obálka na mě křičela „tohle bude skvělá kniha“.

Hlavním hrdinou je šestnáctiletý Mamoru žijící společně se svojí tetou, strýcem a sestřenicí v Tokiu v Japonsku. Mamorův otec byl asistent ředitele, obviněný za zpronevěru peněz. Jeho matka věřila, že její manžel je nevinný a stále čekala, až se vrátí domů. Nedočkala se, umřela na mrtvici…

Mamoru žije s tetou, sestřenicí a strýce
Anindito Alfaritsi
Cuma ada satu alasan kenapa aku membeli buku ini: pengarangnya adalah Miyuki Miyabe. Aku sama sekali tak punya bayangan apakah cerita buku ini akan bergenre supernatural atau horor atau misteri murni. Tapi aku enggak peduli. Karena pengarangnya adalah Miyuki Miyabe.

Seandainya aku seusia dengan beliau dan entah di dunia paralel mana kami sekelas, mungkin bisa dijamin aku bakal jatuh cinta padanya.


Tapi eniwei, buku yang berlatar di akhir dekade 80an ini (karena emang diterbitinnya pas zaman it
Tammy Rahmasari
Mamoru Kusaka harus pindah ke Tokyo dan tinggal bersama keluarga kakak perempuan ibunya, Yoriko Asano setelah ibunya meninggal dunia. Telah sembilan bulan ia di sana, satu kejadian terjadi dan mengguncang keluarga barunya. Suami Yoriko, Taizo Asano yang bekerja sebagai pengemudi taksi dinyatakan menjadi tersangka atas meninggalnya Yoko Sugano yang tiba-tiba melintas saat pamannya mengemudikan taksi pada malam hari.

Bertahun-tahun yang lalu, keluarga Mamoru pernah menjadi sorotan publik. Saat ayah
Three women are murdered in quick succession. The only thing they have in common is that they are all featured in the same magazine article…wait a minute, does this sound familiar? Yeah, weirdly, this mystery’s plot is (initially) very similar to that of In Your Face. (They even each feature a death by pushed-in-front-of-a-train!) I don’t think there’s any significance to this; it’s just odd that I should choose to read these two books, for two entirely different reasons, within about a week of ...more
Rere Hoshikuzu
Novel ini bercerita tentang kematian beruntun yg menimpa tiga orang wanita. Ketiganya saling mengenal, tapi misteri kematian mereka menyebabkan seorang supir taksi terlibat. Mamoru Kusaka, keponakan supir taksi tersebut, berusaha keras untuk mencari tahu apa yg sebenarnya terjadi pada ketiga wanita tersebut untuk membebaskan pamannya.
Ketika Koichi Yoshitake bersaksi dan paman Mamoru bebas, misteri tetap melingkupi sekeliling Mamoru. Sampai akhirnya fakta masa lalu Mamoru terkuak dan si 'penyihir
Hasil begadang td malam, baca novel ini sampai tuntassss.

Kisahnya ttg penyelidikan Mamoru, pemuda 16 tahun yg baru kelas 2 SMU, yang ingin membersihkan nama pamannya yg dituduh menabrak mati seorang gadis muda. Suka sekali dengan karakter Mamoru yg muda, sedikit idealis, kadang naif tapi sama sekali gak ababil. Jln ceritanya juga enak diikuti dengan misteri pelaku, motif dan metode yg tdk lazim. Twist di akhir kisah ttg ayah Mamoru sungguh tidak terduga. Endingnya bagus, meskipun tidak istimewa.
I really hoped this book would be amazing, mainly because I brought it in Disney World and I like all things that I associate with it to be amazing. It wasn't :( It was okay. A very average crime/mystrey. I might have liked it more if I hadn't read Dean Koontz's False Memory earlier this year. Which was a much better book about murders commited by hypnotists. There was a point when I thought I had been really clever and guessed the plot(this never happens to me even in the most obvious of books) ...more
Gerald Kinro
Mamoru Kusaka, an intelligent teen, has lost his father whom people say deserted the family after a financial scandal. Twelve years after his father’s disappearance his mother dies of a stroke. Mamoru is forced to live a new life with relatives in Tokyo.
Two strange incidents occur as three young women die. The first two look like suicide. In the third, his, his uncle, taxi driver Taizo Asano, is arrested and accused after running over the victim. Mamoru is determined to exonerate his uncle and
Seorang anak lelaki yang yakin pamannya tidak bersalah berniat membantu mengungkap kematian aneh seorang gadis, yang ternyata juga berkaitan dengan kematian gadis-gadis lainnya dengan cara yang sulit untuk diungkapkan.
Semua pencarian mengenai kasus itu membuatnya mengetahui kisah tentang kepergian ayahnya sendiri, dan bertemu langsung dengan pelaku tersebut.

Ceritanya dibuat maju mundur, dan juga berdasarkan memori korban, pelaku, dan juga semua orang yang terkait. Kisah kejahatannya sangat sulit
Sophie Murray
Not the best mystery ever, but very fun and fast to read. The story has all the believability of a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode, if you know what I mean. The murderer's modus operandi is especially a bit of a stretch, but I give Miyabe props for 1) a reveal I never saw coming and 2) keeping me invested enough that I didn't care about the shortcomings. The story is derailed a little side plots that could have been incorporated into the grander scheme, but overall this is by a good boo ...more
A rather multilayered book, I read it very fast (granted, the period involved a long night flight) and the story was gripping enough to keep the pages turning. Initially, it seems that the story is somewhat scattered and goes into a number of directions, but at the end Miyabe brings all the strands together, some in more credible ways than others. Miyabe writes well, in an uncomplicated way, and always explores psychological and moral issues (this the third book by her that I've read). She is qu ...more
Alvi Harahap
Miyabe's plot is a bit more complicated, and unfortunately that's one reason much of it feels quite forced, as if she had a bunch of ideas and then wrote her story around them. Miyabe’s characters are interesting; but, unfortunately, none of them are so interesting that I want to know every thought that passes through their minds.

Personal identity is strictly controlled in Japan, family registers keeping careful track of them. The book plods along in places, and the attempts to explain many of
Mildly enjoyable, but thin read about a young boy trying to prove his Uncle's innocence after a girl runs out in front of his cab and killed. The writing is curt and efficent, but the story is derivative with few surprises. The big reveals are ones we've seen a million times on TV and thus has little impact. Most mysteries showcase a truly unique character working judiciously to solve his/her case, but this one comes very easy to our teen protagonist. The interesting element is how the social im ...more
Nov 18, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery readers, young adults (especially those interested in Japan)
Set in Japan during the late 1980s, this mystery follows sixteen year old Mamoru Kusaka as he investigates the death of a young woman struck by his uncle's taxi. Intent on proving his uncle's innocence, Mamoru discovers that the woman was linked to two other alleged suicide victims. As he begins to unravel the details behind these murders/suicides, Mamoru is thrown off guard when the killer contacts him.

Really liked the protagonist and had tons of fun side characters. The big reveal of how peop
Miko Suzahiru
Despite the chapters being a bit discouraging personally, it was worth the build up and frustration. It is also a bit slow paced and uninteresting in places, but if you're a committed reader, you will not be disappointed. This a bit of a murder/suicide mystery that'll keep you asking questions. These questions will probably fuel your curiousity and determination to keep reading. Aside from the chapter length, I did get a few of the characters mixed up, but I liked that they were listed in the fr ...more
Wonderful book, it got me excited towards the end. I might read more mystery novels now!
Ada dua tipe manusia. Pertama adalah mereka yang tidak melakukan apa yang tidak ingin mereka lakukan bahkan jika mereka dapat melakukannya. Tipe kedua adalah mereka yang tidak menyerah sampai meraih apa yang mereka inginkan. Aku tak dapat memberitahu tipe mana yang lebih baik. Yang buruk adalah kau mencari-cari alasan untuk menjelaskan apa yang telah atau tidak kau lakukan
Novel ini novel misteri yang WOW sekali....
Saat pertama kali membaca back cover buku ini, ada rasa penasaran. pembunuhan berantai kah? lalu bagamaina cara membunuhnya?
dan saya sama sekali tidak menyangka pembunuhan berantai ini melibatkan 2 orang yang memiliki masa lalu yang suram.....
Mamoru... anak itu tangguh dan cerdik.....
suka sekali dengan penggambaran sosok Mamoru disini. :)
A decent mystery, and exploration of subliminal advertising and hypnotism. However, other than the names, this story could have been set anywhere. There was little to make it a Japanese story. I would have liked to have had more than noodles and soup for breakfast to let us know it was a different place (from my own small town America), a different way of life.
A boy still suffering the effects of his father's theft and abandonment investigates the mysterious deaths of three women, apparently unconnected and all apparently suicides. Scariest and most moving where it becomes a question of what the righteous will do to punish injuries.

Her best book is still All She Was Worth; start there.
Me ha encantado este libro, desde la historia a los personajes. Hacía tiempo que no leía un libro que me atrapara como lo ha hecho este. La acción mantiene un ritmo constante durante todo la historia, ¡de modo que apenas te deja tiempo para tomar aire! Suspense al 100%. Sin duda leeré más obras de esta escritora.
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