Friday, November 22, 2013

Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa by Benjamin Constable

Title: Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa
Author: Benjamin Constable
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
Length: about 352 pages (ebook)

Ben Constable (who is not only the author but also the main character) receives a suicide note from his friend Tomomi "Butterfly" Ishikawa. Her strange note leads him on a strange quest, following clues she left for him in her laptop, which lead him to clues found hidden in public places. Soon he finds himself learning things about Tomomi he's not sure he wants to know, and realising he didn't know his friend as well as he'd thought.

Main impression: This book was weird. Like, really weird. It left me thinking, what just happened?

I really enjoyed Ben's quest, finding the clues, and meeting people who add to the mystery along the way. It was like nothing I'd ever read before. Aside from the more mysterious and disturbing aspects of the journey, I kind of wish someone would leave me clues hidden around the city that led to me figuring out a story! I feel like even reading a book like this set in my own city would be really cool.

But the end was... strange. I'm still not sure how I feel about the last chunk of the book. So much happens, none of which I can really talk about without major spoilers. I think it's one of those stories that's supposed to leave you wondering what really happened and what's really true, which, to be honest, has never really been my thing.

3 stars.

Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

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