Review – Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Six Four. The nightmare no parent could endure. The case no detective could solve. The twist no reader could ever predict.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities their failure.

For week in late 2002, the press office attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find.


It has taken me a lot of effort to finally write this review as I don’t feel that I can give the book the justice it deserves.

This is the first Japanese crime novel I have read and I was by no means disappointed. I am not surprised that it was such a hit in Japan and I definitely appreciate that it has been translated into English for others to enjoy.

Yokoyama is 100% a crime-writing genius. He gives the reader such an insight and easy understanding of the Japanese Police ‘hierarchy’ and what their strategies are when it comes to solving crime.

His writing is imaginative, thriller-esque, scary and full of suspense. The storyline has you chasing the pages away, sitting up late at night thinking “just one more chapter…”, and the way the plot pulls together at the end is so clever and completely has you guessing…
*I don’t like to give spoilers in my reviews so I will leave it at that*…
But put it this way, the twist in the tale hits you in the face like a high speed car crash – I am not joking. You do not see it coming. This book will not let you down.

For some readers it may be quite a big book but please persevere, it is worth it. It took me a week to read which is quite long for me but I enjoyed every second. It probably took me a little longer as I did need to concentrate in order to keep up with the characters as with them being Japanese names it was harder to follow instead of the characters being called say, John or William, or something.

The lead character, Mikani, should be well liked universally. Well I liked him anyway and can’t see why anyone wouldn’t. You see his strengths and no nonsense attitude. He is like a dog with a bone when he wants to find something out. Although like any character, he does have his weaknesses, like the sadness in his marriage due to the strain it is under from having a daughter that is missing.
Overall, excellent crime fiction so if you like that sort of thing then pour yourself a hot cup of something, sit down and enjoy this book for what it is!

My Final Word: Intense

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