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东野圭吾迄今唯一荣获日本推理作家协会大奖的成名之作!
东野圭吾出生于日本大阪,大阪府立大学毕业。推理小说家、日本第一畅销书作家,被誉为“日本文坛天王”。1985年以第31届江户川乱步奖得奖作《放学后》出道。1999年以《秘密》获得52届日本推理协会奖,第120届直木奖入围,并于1998年拍摄电影,由广末凉子主演。早期作品多为精巧细致的本格推理,之后作风逐渐超越传统推理小说的框架,其创作力旺盛的程度,让他跃居日本推理小说界的顶尖作家。
代表作有《神探伽利略》《放学后》《秘密》《白夜行》 《湖畔杀人事件》《嫌疑人X的献身》《以眨眼干杯》等多部作品被搬上屏幕。2011年11月21日,2011第六届中国作家富豪榜子榜单“外国作家富豪榜“重磅发布,东野圭吾以480万元的年度版税收入,荣登外国作家富豪榜第五位,引发广发关注。
Kindle Edition, 356 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by 化学工业出版社 (first published May 2001)
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Sandra
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kevin Foong
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Michele Weiner
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Athul
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alibiserver
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Patrick Sherriff
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.
TheBookWarren
2.50 Stars - I really enjoyed the opening & felt I was a kindred spirit right up until things take that turn.. despite diligently attempting to ‘just go with it’ I found it impossible to reconcile the plot gaps in mind.

But this novel definitely has a place, it’s haunting, eery and filled with ooh so much raw pain & human spirit that it was ultimately a very strong narrative & the author clearly has talent oozes from his veins, it’s plot just wasn’t for me that’s all, that is certainly no crime.
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Bria
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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Randee
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian-books, mystery
It's easy to see why Keigo Higashino is one of Japan's top mystery writers. This is the first of his books to be translated to English and it is brilliant. Very clever. The biggest surprise is that the real mystery is revealed in the last few pages. On the way to the end, everything about this story is well crafted, well written and unique. One of the reasons I treasure Japanese stories (which would include manga, anime, books, TV shows and movies) is that there is such creative, out of the box ...more
Jolien
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
review on my blog The Fictional Reader

I saw this book in my local library and thought it looked really interesting. I’m trying to read more books by foreign authors/translated books, and Naoko fit in perfectly with that goal. On the cover, it said that the author won the Japanese Mystery Writers Award with this novel which immediately drew my attention. After finishing the book, I honestly don’t understand why. Not because this book isn’t good – it really is – but because I wouldn’t describe thi
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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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Joel Choong
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Noriko Suzuki
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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。
Pooja Sibal
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: over-rated
I am a huge fan of Higashino. In fact, I recommend him to everyone who like mystery books stating he is better than any American writer they would have read.
Given that fact, I did not enjoy this book. It lacked the core element of Higashino’s writing - the unexpected. The development and the climax of the story was completely predictable and hence, disappointing. Well, I did enjoy the part where Heisuke asks to punch Fumiya.
From the beginning I could not digest how easily Heisuke accepts the dea
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Greg
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Factory worker Heisuke returns from work to learn that the bus that his wife and daughter were on has crashed and they are both in intensive care. His wife Naoko is fading fast, and daughter Monami is in a coma. As Naoko passes away in front of him, Monami begins to stir.

"Darling, here. I'm here".

With that simple sentence, Higashino takes what was shaping up as a fairly ordinary drama, and gives it a huge twist. Heisuke realises that Naoko has somehow taken over Monami's body, and that it is Mon
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Nix
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Becky
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephen Douglas Rowland
I called this a "garbage novel" when I began reading it, because I think I'm an intellectual and I'm totally arrogant. POPULAR fiction by a genre writer? That is so beneath me. Yet I couldn't stop reading this. It's completely engrossing, and the outlandish premise is thoroughly examined in an emotional and very human way. The results are actually heartbreaking. "Naoko" was a big surprise, and proof that I should stop being so dismissive.
HSB
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Bigsna
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an absolutely odd and strange story. A little silly, a little tragic, a little dark, a little haunting and in the end a little ruthless - but overall creative and completely unpredictable.
More than two thirds into the book, I was still wondering where the plot was going and what conclusion the story was moving to, so in that way it really is mysterious and kept me guessing up to the very literal end. Perplexed is what I felt going through most of the book. I guess that is why they gave it t
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Rilaaa
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 and the numerous plot twists were incredibly unexpected. In conclusion, a great fictional account that covers women's rights, family dynamics, the complexities of sexuality in a middle-aged relationship, and the paranormal faucets to the religious and spiritual organisations of Japan.
Asima
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complex story and might be disturbing for some ! I found it super puzzling , impossible and at the same time couldn’t keep it down ! You wonder at times - that ok so much happened, how will the author continue now and a new twist will come ! Can’t believe even the ending that came up !
Supriya
This man can WRITE!
Higashino sensei!! _/\_
Never lets me down. <3
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emil
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HUUH what did i just read
Varsha Naik
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwrenching
HatheBookworm
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars. All I can say about this book is that IT’S SOOO SADDD, it just broke my heart!
Dave
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, japanese
Disturbing, brilliant, poignant - just thinking about it evokes a visceral reaction in me, and I don't think I'll forget it any time soon. Highly recommended.
❄️BooksofRadiance❄️
So different from his other books but enjoyed it so much, nonetheless.
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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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