My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
ABOUT THE BOOK
The funny thing with suffering is just when you think you’ve suffered enough, you realize it’s only the beginning.
Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex.
The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain. And when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp.
After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom. There’s always the chance it’ll get worse…
WHAT I THOUGHT
WOWEE! What a web James Buckler has spun in this intoxicating debut novel. Full of descriptive, fast paced scenes and an interesting take on life in Japan made this such an entertaining read for me.
We are introduced to Alex Malloy who has fled from England to Japan for reasons that are gradually revealed to us. He becomes romantically involved with a local girl called Naoko who appears to be hiding from a past herself. Alex just wants to keep his head down, stay out of trouble and live a simple life. He comes across as so pleasant that it makes you wonder how can one person get into so much trouble?! He is one character that I really felt for, for so many different reasons that I can’t explain, as I wouldn’t want to give anything away.
The prologue is exceptional as it makes you wonder what on earth has our leading man, Alex, been getting up to since his so-called “fresh start” in Tokyo. It certainly made me want to keep reading to see if this is the life that Alex really wanted to lead, or would life back in London have been much simpler?! The grass certainly wasn’t greener in this case… you can’t always run away from your problems.
Naoko on the other hand, is certainly a feisty young female who will not be pushed around by domineering Japanese business men. She has a sparkle in her eye though from the very first time she meets Alex. Perhaps she is quick to realise that he has a past as well, and she isn’t too fussed about hurting him if she has to!? It was interesting to read the twists and turns their relationship took in this adventure of a book.
James Buckler has written an attractive novel that had me reading at a rate of knots. He maintained my attention throughout and I couldn’t wait for my girls to be in bed so that I could dip right back into it. I am definitely looking forward to what James Buckler has to offer in the future.
A big thanks to Tom Hill at Transworld Publishers for sending me an advanced review copy in return for my opinion. It is always greatly appreciated!
My final word: Unexpected!