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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, this page-turner is also a critique of gender relations by a male Japanese writer, one of their best-sellng.
An everyman, Heisuke works hard at a factory job to provide for his wife, Naoko, and y
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Vertical
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Sandra
Aug 23, 2012 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
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Anita
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Unlisted Superman
Một câu chuyện buồn, trớ trêu nhưng chẳng hiểu sao lại có sức cuốn hút mình kỳ lạ, đọc không dứt nổi, nhưng chỉ cho được 4 sao vì thương cho Heisuke quá :(( dù không biết có thể nghĩ ra cái kết nào ổn thoả hơn cái kết này không but... :(((

Btw mình có nên trừ 0,5 sao nữa vì một chỗ nhầm từ "chú" thành "bác", một chỗ "Nhưng" thành "Những", bìa sau (phần tóm tắt truyện) và một chỗ ở bên trong sách nhầm "Heisuke" thành "Hirasuke" không nhỉ?

Mỗi lần đọc sách gặp lỗi là lại chỉ mong mình được làm cái n
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Justin Sấm
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trước tiên thì phải công nhận một điều là cuốn sách cuốn hút quá chừng. Theo đúng như nguyên tác tên gốc vỏn vẹn chỉ có "Himitsu" nghĩa là Bí mật - một thứ mà luôn thôi thúc sự tò mò và ham muốn khám phá của người đời. Higashino Keigo đã quá hoàn hảo trong việc dẫn dắt điều bí mật này đến với độc giả, khiến mình không thể nào ngừng đọc khi cầm nó trên tay, phải ráng lắm mới dứt ra được để đi ngủ mỗi tối.
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Sau khi đọc liền hai tác phẩm có thể cho là một mới nhất và một cũ nhất, mình nhận ra được đ
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Athul
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Kevin.kwfoong
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The moment I finished 'Devotion of Suspect X', I ordered this book from Amazon as no bookstores in Malaysia had 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
Michele Weiner
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Hoàng Linh
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alibiserver
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Valkyrie Vu
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sách mượn được ở Ga Sách Bụi. Đọc dở còn được mang cả về nhà đọc . Mừng rơi nước mắt.

Sách của Higashino lúc nào cũng vậy . Trăm đắng ngàn cay cũng xoay quanh một chữ tình. Tình yêu. Tình người .

Tình huống truyện quả thật oái oăm. Trong truyện mình thương nhất anh tài xế gây ra tai nạn và gia đình anh ý. Có mấy nghĩ người ta nghĩ được cho rằng , người gây ra tội ác thực ra cũng rất đáng thương ? Kế đến là Heisuke , người phải đón nhận nhiều nỗi đau và sự mất mát trong một hoàn cảnh mà không a
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Ash
This is a 4.7 review.

Also, SPOILERS ARE A - COMING.

Honestly, should I be surprised that Keigo Higashino, the man responsible for Malice, a.k.a the Second Greatest Mindf**k of 2014, shocked me into a stupor when I finished Naoko?

No, I really shouldn't have.
But was I? Heck yes, I was! I mean Higashino weaved that story like a puzzle box that somehow became a gremlin. And it made sense!

Naoko is about a man, Heisuke, whose wife and daughter are in a horrendous bus accident. Now, his wife, Naoko, su
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Nguyên Nguyên
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Tôi nay hưng chi qua thưc nguyên đêm đoc cho xong.
Giong văn cua Keigo rât lôi cuôn, theo môt lôi tư nhiên keo minh đi hêt cam xuc nay đên cam xuc khac. :))
Luc đâu đoc quyên nay vi nghi no la trinh tham thuân, đoc xong chi biêt cươi tưc tôi vi đa bi Keigo lưa 1 cu vô cung ngot, lưa ma đên phut chot mơi nhân ra minh bi lưa, ma vân cam tâm tinh nguyên.
Luc trươc co thây qua 1 review, dong mơ đâu cua ngươi ta trich trong truyên "bi mât năm ơ chiêc nhân trong con gâu teddy, bi mât năm trong con gâu te
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Patrick Sherriff
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must be getting sentimental in my dotage, but I was moved to tears by this novel. As odd and disturbing as the premise of a man's daughter being possessed by the consciousness of his dead wife was, it somehow worked as a gut-wrencher. Was he mourning the death of his wife, the death of his daughter or the death of his own marriage? An ingenious mystery that spoke to me, a middle-aged man watching as my own daughters grow up and inevitably grow… away. Absorbing.
Bria
Oct 02, 2017 added it
I love Higashino. He is by far one of my favorite authors, but this book, which started as strange but compelling, quickly turned into one of the most creepy and mentally disturbing books I have ever read.

The novel is beautifully written and the premise is very intriguing but the actions and emotional changes in the father become more disturbing as Naoko starts drifting away from him.

This book is a commentary on the status of women in Japan, a tribute to the huge spiritual and paranormal elemen
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Thanakharn Juntima
Apr 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
อานคางไวหลายเดือน ไมใชเพราะไมอยากใหจบ แตกลัววาตอนจบทีเดาไวจะกลายเปนจริง แตแลวทุกเรืองราวมันกตองมีวันสินสุด อาจเปนความกลัวเดียวกับทีตัวเอกเฮซึกะกลาวไววา "บางทีชีวิตกคงเปนเชนนี เวลาจะสูญเสียอะไร รูสึกวาทุกอยางชางผานไปในชัวพริบตา" เรากลัววาจะเปนเชนนัน เราไมไดกลัวอุบัติเหตุหรือสิงไมคาดฝันทีจะเกิดขึนในชีวิต มากเทาการตัดสินใจของคนเรา ซึงบางทีกสรางความประหลาดใจไดมากกวา ผูเขียนเลนกับความอึดอัดชวนใจสลาย การจากเปน/จากตาย และการเลือกหนทางเพือทำใหคนทีรักมีความสุขไดแบบจุกอก และเราคงจดจำประโยคทีจะถูกขังไวในหั ...more
Mircalla64
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giappone
colpa e espiazione

Naoko e sua figlia Monami restano coinvolte in un incidente in cui la madre muore, ma per un lungo periodo il suo spirito continua ad abitare il corpo della figlia...

Heisuke ha perso sua moglie ma la vede in Monami, sua figlia, lei si adatta o stimola questa percezione finchè la cosa non le starà stretta...dopo tutto questa è la sua vita e non può restare con papà a sostituire la mamma...o almeno non dopo essere diventata una donna

storia surreale sulla colpa da sopravvissuto e
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Noriko Suzuki
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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。
Runz Sama
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
พลอตดีมากกก ลำมาก แตสะเทือนใจมากก

จบไดเรียลมาก..
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Anh
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cảm thấy như vừa đi tàu lượn siêu tốc xong ấy: shock + chóng mặt + hoang mang tột cùng

Do trước đó đọc Phía sau nghi can X nên cứ mặc định Bí mật của Naoko cũng sẽ mang nhiều tính trinh thám lắt léo cân não như vậy. Nhưng mà éo có phải. Phải nói là cuốn này đọc còn mệt não hơn í chứ >'<
Thường hay đọc, các nhân vật chính mà tác già không gọi bằng tên mà cứ "gã gã gã" thì hẳn là nhân vật đó cuối cùng cũng dính liền với cái kết buồn bã nào đó, kiểu không chết thì cũng bị thương...
Naoko: nhân v
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Tung
Đích thị không phải trinh thám :P
Nix
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Naoko is my first book by Keigo Higashino, so I'm not familiar with his work nor writing style to judge. However, I was very impressed by this and I enjoyed the clear and straightforward style of writing.

What started off as a story of loss with supernatural elements (the soul/body mismatching of the mother and daughter), turned against my expectations of mere cute family scenes, into a deeper story with some disturbing and controversial parts. Is she his wife or his daughter? How different is f
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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
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Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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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 mình 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
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Hathyasaibaba
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can't remember the last book that got me choked up. It was almost certainly in the pre-goodreads era, though The Hunchback of Nortre Dame, Great Expectations and the death of a character in Song of Kali get me every single time.

I started this immediately after finishing Vertigo which is an emotionally devastating read in its own right, because the idea of another book around a similar concept of a real or imagined personality transfer appealed to me greatly.

To get a disclaimer out of the way
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Becky
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I totally didn't expect the book to be what it is. This was not similar to other crime books by Mr Higashino that I had read. The story premise was too Marc Levy for my taste. Not that there's anything wrong with it, such story premise just can't get me excited much. Yet, the characterisation, plot, writing and atmosphere were very well-done. Very. Well-done. Mr Higashino's characters were so normal, so believable, trying to live their little lives. I could feel their pains as the story progress ...more
Chăm Lên
đọc từ đầu đến gần cuối thì thấy mạch truyện cũng bình thường, nhưng đến đoạn tưởng như happy ending rồi thì lại khá bất ngờ vì tưởng vậy mà không phải vậy :) câu hỏi của người chồng là thứ duy nhất khiến mình nhớ sau khi gấp lại cuốn sách này: "Hôm đó không phải là ngày Naoko biến mất. Đó là ngày nàng hoàn toàn rũ bỏ việc sống cuộc đời của Naoko. Phải chăng tiếng nàng khóc nức nở sau khi tỉnh dậy trong vai Monami là những giọt nước mắt đau buồn khi phải vứt bỏ chính bản thân mình?"
Ngoc Nguyen
Mình đã mong chờ nhiều hơn thế này :(
Vinh-Thang
Không phải truyện trinh thám hồi hộp, mà là một câu chuyện gia đình cảm động. Mỗi tội bản dịch đọc hơi chán ...
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Keigo Higashino (東野 圭吾) 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
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“Trước kia, khi biết anh và Fumiya không chung dòng máu, anh chỉ nghĩ xem mình có thể làm Bố được không. Anh không hề nghĩ đến việc phải chọn cho người mình yêu con đường hạnh phúc. Anh yêu thằng bé thế cơ mà. Anh thật là ngốc. Anh ấy đã nói như thế và khóc trên điện thoại” 4 likes
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