Review; Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

As part of Mystery Thriller Week, you have maybe figured out that I'm reviewing a few books. Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan, which I recieved as a press copy through Netgallery from the author/publisher is one of them. Today I'll post the review of the book which also enables me to cross of Japan in the Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge

Description from Goodreads
Clarissa Goenawan’s dark, spellbinding literary debut opens with a murder and shines a spotlight onto life in fictional small-town Japan.

Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister Keiko's sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician’s mansion in exchange for reading to the man’s catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.

My Thoughts on the Novel
I really enjoyed reading Rainbirds, partially because of the writing style and partially because of the characters, which was well written. I also enjoyed reading about the dynamic and relationship between Ren and Keiko.


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