The Salaryman’s Wife – Sujata Massey

The Salaryman's Wife

From the Publisher:

Japanese-American Rei Shimura is a 27-year-old English teacher living in one of Tokyo’s seediest neighborhoods. She doesn’t make much money, but she wouldn’t go back home to California even if she had a free ticket (which, thanks to her parents, she does.) Her independence is threatened however, when a getaway to an ancient castle town is marred by murder.

Rei is the first to find the beautiful wife of a high-powered businessman, dead in the snow. Taking charge, as usual, Rei searches for clues by crashing a funeral, posing as a bar-girl, and somehow ending up pursued by police and paparazzi alike. In the meantime, she manages to piece together a strange, ever-changing puzzle–one that is built on lies and held together by years of sex and deception.

My thoughts:

I really wanted to like this book.  Really, really wanted that.  I liked how the author portrayed the Japanese culture.  Not sure how accurate it is, but it seemed realistic.  And that was the only thing that was even closely realistic in this book.  The main characters were missing something, the story didn’t make sense (in my opinion), too much was going on that we needed to keep track of, and I’m not even sure if that added anything to the story.  The mystery just didn’t work for me.  The ending made no sense.  The romance seemed thrown in and underdeveloped.  Showed a lot of promise, but it seemed like a novice attempt at writing.  Hopefully she got better at crafting a story.

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