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Naoko (2004)


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Published: New York : Vertical, c2004
Edition:  1st ed
Description:  282 p. ; 20 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 1932234071, 9781932234077, 9781932234077,
Language:  English

Expertly interweaving the real and the unreal, Naoko involves a working man, Heisuke, whose wife dies in a bus accident. His young daughter survives, but seems to be inhabited by her mother's personality

Translated from the Japanese

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A bestselling author in Japan, Keigo Higashino, has 13 books in publication.  He only has two translated so far into English.   His first is, Devotion of Suspect X, which is a very clever murder mystery that pairs two brilliant minds; each trying to out-think the other. 

This book has a simple factory worker, Heisuke, who tragically loses his wife in a motor accident. His only daughter, Monami, is also injured in the crash, but survives.  Or does she?

When Monami awakes in the hospital after being in a coma, she appears as herself, but her body is inhabited by her mother, Naoko.  This is needless to say, very difficult for Heisuke to accept; however, the person lying in the hospital bed knows facts and information that only Naoko could know.

What grows is an outwardly unique relationship between father and daughter that borders on the bizarre between husband and wife.

This book has a film adaptation that is an international block-buster-box-office hit.  It is not yet available in the USA.  Several of Higashino's books are adapted to TV and film.  He is a very visual and versatile writer.
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