Jordan Howard moves to the Japanese countryside to become a high school English teacher, not an amateur detective. But when Jordan’s students are murdered one after another, she resolves to find the culprit, fueled by lingering guilt over her own brother’s death.
Meg Mezeske engages the reader with well-developed characters and an intriguing plot. She depicts a very clear picture of life in a rural village where some unexplained deaths take ...more
I found myself wanting a little more description of the bucolic Japanese setting to help settle into each scene a bit ...more
I wanted to live in Japan with Jordan for a while and drink tea and go to some hot springs. Maybe I wouldn’t want to solve a series of murders...actually that might be cool too.
A murder mystery, a complex relationship, and new cultural practices to imagine and explore! What could be better? The setting and lost in translation style loneliness elevate this ...more
Jordan Howard is working at a school in Japan where she learns pupils are commuting suicide. There's rumours of a suicide club but Jordan begins to realize there's something much more sinisister going on.
This was quite a good read. I found it a little slow at times but the main story was quite good. I enjoyed the twist at the end which I hadn't figured out. I also liked the blossoming romance between ...more
Jordan Howard, from the US, has accepted a position as high school English teacher in Japan. She is well liked by the students and she truly cares about them. Soon she is confronted by the death of several of her students who are said to have committed suicide, although those that knew them well said they were murdered. Jordan decides that she is going to find out the truth of what happened not realizing that she is putting herself at risk.
No joke, the book had me in open-mouthed awe from the second page. I was blown away by Meg's unique phrasing and word choice that evoked more imagery than anything else I've read lately. I've ...more
For the mystery part, I like how it's not overwhelmingly complicated and difficult to follow. It's a comfortable read by being confused most of the time (I mean it's good) and solving the mystery along with Jordan. I'm also into how the ...more
Easy and ...more
Well, when I first picked up this novel I was pretty psyched about the storyline and was expecting something a bit more thrilling. Unfortunately, I didn't get that and the story was a rather average read for me with a few highlights upon which I will elaborate further.
What I did love about this book was the way in which, as a reader, you get to experience the Japanese culture. Told from the POV of the main character, Jordan, an assistant English teacher, I found the descriptions ...more
Jordan felt like a living, breathing person just on the other side of the page.
While mysteries are not usually my … cup of tea, I highly recommend this novel.
not all necessarily good
at times i even thought about dnf'ing the book but i just fought till it ended
WHAT I LIKED
-the japanese setting resonated with me so much as i am well aware of its culture and enjoy it a lot
WHAT I DIDN'T ENJOY
-the character in my opinion was bland,her logic behind doing stuff was beyond my understanding,seriously i would say she have no idea whatsoever of the consequences of her action and i know that if that was the case i ...more
Jordan Howard is an American exchange teacher of English in Japan. When her students begin dying, Jordan knows something is off. Everyone says the deaths are a result of a suicide pact but Jordan thinks they might be murders. With the help of police officer, Toshihiko Sakurai, Jordan seeks to solve the mystery surrounding her student's deaths.
This book was a quick read and full of twists and turns. I did ...more
Meg likes to put her characters in her favorite places—like Japan. Meg lived and worked in Japan as the only Westerner in a small town. From teaching English to being an impromptu interpreter when a Russian ship ran ashore, Meg loved both the ordinary and extraordinary of Japanese life.
Now, she ...more