Salvation of a Saint - Keigo Higashino, Alexander O. Smith

Absence of an exciting plot - check

Unpleasant characters - check

A ridicoulous plot twist (which in fact isn´t a real plot twist) - check

Competence of the police force - pretty much non-existent

The mastermind-physicist - well, he is there and he is clever

Did I like this book - no, not really


For me this book is the embodiment of the Moo-point, it just doesn´t make sense:




Right from the start we know, that Ayane has killed her husband Yoshitaka. Yoshitaka isn´t what you would call a McDreamy-husband, in fact he is a misogynist asshole and the only thing that he wants from his wife is a baby (so he basically would begin a relationship with any woman, who is able to give birth to his child and split up with his current wife/girlfriend). The police starts to investigate and they aren´t too clever when it comes to solving this case, because Ayane apparently has commited the perfect crime. How did she manage to poison her husband, even though she has an ironclad alibi? In their desperate attempts to solve this case, the police seeks the help of physics-professor Yukawa.


That doesn´t make sense to you? Well, don´t look at me. I don´t know either why the police would seek the help of a physics professor (and no, he isn´t a member of the police force). You just have to accept that he is there and that he is as clever as the entire brainpower of all the police officers combined. Then you know what kind of person Yukawa resembles. And quite frankly, he really annoyed me in this book. Actually I was annoyed by all the characters in this novel and there wasn´t a single person in this book that I genuinely felt for.


The plot itself wasn´t that thrilling either. It´s starts out with your basic "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn"-murder motive, which made me yawn, btw. So I was thrilled that towards the end another motive is presented, which was so much more clever than the obvious one. Unfortunally the author decides to add a silly plot twist in the second to last chapter, which then again turns the motive towards "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorn". So I was like:



Maybe Professor Yukawa can answer that question. I´m just gonna go and forget about this utterly boring book.