Day 27 – The Most Surprising Plot Twist Or Ending

Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino


I love Japanese crime fiction. I love all the little details and I love how it can get so morbid. His denouements are so mind blowing yet the plot lines are not difficult to keep up with. There’s not much I can discuss without giving away spoilers but Higashino challenges the three aspects of a crime: means, motive, and opportunity in a way that I’ve never seen done in any story. The twist comes from the fact that we are all so used to reading about committing murders in certain steps, that we never conceive of looking at it in another way and it’s using this sleight of hand that allows Higashino to deliver this stunning plot twist.

The friend who introduced me to Keigo Higashino and his Galileo Detective Series basically called Higashino the Japanese Stephen King, so make of that what you will.


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