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The Devil's Whisper

3.59  ·  Rating Details  ·  488 Ratings  ·  74 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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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 T.
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
Jane Lebak
Jun 11, 2015 Jane Lebak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall, I thought the story was compelling and hung together very well. "So why didn't you give it five stars, Jane?" I'm not sure whether it's the writing or the translation, but every so often it sounded clunky to me, and that drew me out of the story a bit, and more worrisome, there were a few places where I felt characters were doing things that were just too convenient for the plot. For example, I loved one of the plot twists at the end, but the means by which it was discovered struck me a ...more
Manuel Alfonseca
May 12, 2015 Manuel Alfonseca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Poul Anderson's The burning bridge, the main character (the captain of an interstellar ship) finds himself in a tremendous ethical dilemma that grasps the reader's attention, even though it is very improbable that the reader may find himself (or herself) in the same situation in a lifetime.

Miyuki Miyabe's The devil's whisper is a mystery novel where the main character (a 16-year old boy) finds himself in a tremendous ethical dilemma, but in this case the reader could very well find himself (o
May 02, 2010 Lucinda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 27, 2015 Emi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Se me hizo un poco difícil mantenerme enganchada con este libro. No empezó mal y, de hecho, era interesante. Planteaba un buen misterio. El principal problema es no hubo mucho que mantuviera el interés en ese misterio, una vez planteado, no hay mucha tensión y la novela se corre un poco demasiado del eje con otros hilos argumentales, como el incidente del local en el que trabaja el protagonista, por mencionar alguno. La trama pierde un poco de fuerza en el montón de hilos argumentales que se enr ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Rabbittÿ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jp-novel
ผูหญิงสามคนทีดูเหมือนไมมีสวนเกียวของกันเลยตองมาตายอยางตอเนือง สองคนเปนการฆาตัวตาย ในขณะทีอีกหนึงตายดวยอุบัติเหตุ

โดยในเรือง เสียงกระซิบสังหาร ใชตัวละครเดกผูชายเปนตัวดำเนินเรือง อานแลวนารักดีคะ อดทีจะตกหลุมรัก “มาโมรุ” ไมได การดำเนินเรืองกกระชับ รวดเรว นาติดตาม แตแอบขัดใจตรงวิธีการฆาตกรรม (view spoiler) รูสึกมันเหนือจริงเกินไปหนอย อานแลวไมคอยจะคลอยตามเทาไหร แตเขาใจแรงจูงใจของฆาตกรนะคะ แคขัดใจตรงวิธีการเทานัน

Oct 20, 2011 Marcia rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 02, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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.
Dec 29, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 04, 2011 Denise rated it liked it
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.
Sep 09, 2015 Fonch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books destined to be classics, or immortals. Books with their attractive plots seem to call to the readers like the magic book “Neverending Story”. I have to confess something to the readers when I concluded my review about Gokumonto I begged knelt to the publishing Quaterni to write the review of this novel “The Devil Whisper”. I remind who was that it makes that this book captivated my heart. It was his wonderful plot written in the hardcover of the book. A teen who demonstrated the ...more
Oky Septya
Jan 21, 2013 Oky Septya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Review lengkap di :

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
Dec 09, 2008 Trin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, japanese-lit
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
Rifatus Sariroh
Oct 09, 2014 Rifatus Sariroh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 01, 2012 Redfox5 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 25, 2012 Gerald Kinro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel Bookish
Dec 07, 2015 Rachel Bookish rated it liked it
For young adults, an intriguing mystery which I really enjoyed reading, but it's not perfect. The story starts slowly, and is good once it gets going, but sometimes feels a bit forced, a bit contrived, with some oddly convenient plot twists and new characters suddenly appearing. Slightly frustrating but still worth the effort, and I would recommend reading. And I will definitely be looking out for more books by the same author.
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
May 15, 2011 Juha rated it liked it
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
Sep 17, 2010 E.J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
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 really liked it  ·  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
Sam Wong
Jun 29, 2015 Sam Wong rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing too special since so many hints were given out through out the story. However, it had quite a twist but not really mind blowing or anything. Overall it was pretty alright.
Ariestya Ta
Feb 08, 2015 Ariestya Ta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's such an good book. The story is making the readers are always heart beating. And the case closed perfectly at last.
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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
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