The Kingdom by Fuminori Nakamura
This book is the sequel to his earlier book "The Thief" which was written from the male perspective whereas this book is written from the female perspective which is a great twist. The storylines are similar in that they are both set in Tokyo but characters and plot are very diferent.
One of the best things about Fuminori's writing is that he does not use cliches and builds unique blocks to build up and change story movements. There is no way to guess what is coming.
Symbolic references to the moon, fate and superstition standout as do the themes of darkness and abandonment.
We learn about the life, times and friends of Yurika a freelancer in the Tokyo underworld.
Authentic, fast paced and keeps you entertained until the end.
It would be great to see some of Fuminori's books made into movies in the future!
First book in the series
The second book in the series
Other books by Fuminori Nakamura
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