Thumbs up for Out by Natsuo Kirino. Suspense.
An unforgettable work of crime fiction with excellent characters – especially the dark but powerful sort-of-heroine Masako, a worker on the night shift at a boxed-lunch factory – and many twisted scenes. I went through cycles of “this is so good, why do I have to put it down to go to work?” and “this is going to no happy ending, I’m realizing I’ve lost my taste for this sort of thing.” The first sense prevailed, however, and what I’m left with is the memory of an excellent book I can recommend to few people. But if you’re willing to get a little dirty in search of a good read, go get it today.
“His eyes. His eyes were like well water. Anna remembered a photo she’d seen in a magazine somewhere of a dark pool hidden away in a high mountain valley. The water was steel gray, still and cold, and Anna had imagined that its depths sheltered strange creatures in the tangles of water grass. No swimmer, nor any boat, would go near a pool like that. At night, the black crater would suck up the starlight, while its strange inhabitants watched unnoticed from the depths. Maybe the man beside her had chosen his shiny costume to keep people from looking into his own dark pool.”
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