The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda

My thanks as always to the lovely folks at Titan Books for my copy of The Silent Dead! Much appreciated! 😊

About the book:

Twenty-seven-year-old Detective Reiko Himekawa has an impressive ability to solve crimes. When a gruesomely slaughtered body wrapped in plastic is discovered, Reiko soon uncovers eleven other murders with a similar signature and a reference to something called strawberry night, a group that recruits victims and murderers on the internet. To solve the case, Reiko is forced to reach back into her own troubled past.

My Thoughts:

The Silent Dead is my first foray into crime thrillers based in Japan. I’ve read lots of crime books, but this is my first based in Asia and it was a promising introduction. Not least because there are more books in the series which I would definitely be interested in reading if and when they are translated.

The intro to The Silent Dead is quite gruesome, and sets the scene for further on in the book. Detective Reiko Himekawa is tasked with the investigations and as the body count rises, the evidence mounts against so many people that it’s almost hard to keep track of the who and the why!

The Silent Dead took me a while to get into, as I found it lacked pace in the middle of the novel. It opened with a bang, and then seemed to taper off for a while until the last third of the book. I did enjoy it, but it left me wanting something more. I don’t know, it’s hard to verbalise, it just left me feeling a little flat after it all.

That’s not to say it’s not well written, or well translated for that matter. It is both of these things, it just didn’t work for me! I gave The Silent Dead 3⭐️ on Goodreads, it’s out now and you can pick up a copy by clicking HERE.

Have you read it? Would you read it? Let me know in the comments! 😊📖

3 thoughts on “The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda

  1. The Japanese style is very often slow and bare. It’s part of the country’s charm 🙂 But they can create excellent and chilling stories. I was often surprised by how violent or gruesome some of them could be, such a contrast from the image you get from Japan.

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