Sunday, October 29, 2017

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

With a beautiful cover encasing an equally beautiful story, Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan is a stellar read.

I thought I would take a long time to read it but finished it within a day because the story just drew me in. It's an interesting book, and I because I love all things Japanese, having it set in some small town with Japanese characters drew me in.

The novel centers around Ren Ishida, a young man whose sister died in mysterious circumstances. He travels to the small town she lived in to tie up some loose ends. He then ends up taking the job his sister worked at (in a cram school) and tries to trace the paths she'd taken, in an effort to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

There is a bit of magical realism hidden in the dreams Ren has, which helped move the story along a little. I'd have preferred to have it blended in real life, but each author has their own style so I won't complain too much.

I thought the writing was just a tiny bit uneven at the beginning but sorted itself out after a while.
If you like a good read, here's the book to get!

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Uncopyedited Edition from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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