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#BlogTour #Extract The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda #TheAosawaMurders #RandomThingsTours

Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Aosawa Murders By Riku Onda and I would like to share an exclusive extract from the book, with all of you. Thank you very much to Anne from Random Things Tours for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂

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Publisher: Bitter Lemon Press
ISBN13: 978-1912242245
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Release date: 16 01 2020
Price*: Kindle £6.15 (GBP)/  Paperback £6.47 (GBP)
Kindle $9.15 (USD)/ Paperback $9.63 (USD)
Pages: ~ 346
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Description of the book: On a stormy summer day the Aosawas, owners of a prominent local hospital, host a large birthday party. The occasion turns into tragedy when 17 people die from cyanide in their drinks. The only surviving links to what might have happened are a cryptic verse that could be the killer’s, and the physician’s bewitching blind daughter, Hisako, the only person spared injury. But the youth who emerges as the prime suspect commits suicide that October, effectively sealing his guilt while consigning his motives to the mystery.

The police are convinced that Hisako had a role in the crime, as are many in the town, including the author of a bestselling book about the murders written a decade after the incident, who was herself a childhood friend of Hisako’ and witness to the discovery of the murders. The truth is revealed through a skilful juggling of testimony by different voices: family members, witnesses and neighbours, police investigators and of course the mesmerising Hisako herself.

The Aosawa Murders takes the classic elements of the mystery genre but steers away from putting them together in the usual way, instead providing a multi-voiced insight into the psychology of contemporary Japan, with its rituals, pervasive envy and ever so polite hypocrisy. But it’s also about the nature of evil and the resonance and unreliability of memory.

Extract: PROLOGUE

Transcript of a police interview with Hisako Aosawa.

Interviewer: Detective T—.

File: Aosawa Murders,

City of K—, I—

Prefecture What do you remember?

Being outside an old, dark, blue room.

Where was this room? Whose house was it?

I don’t know.

Why were you in the room?

I don’t know. But someone – an adult – was holding my hand. That person must have taken me to the room.

Who was it?

I don’t know.

Tell us about the room. Which part was blue?

The walls were blue. A deep, cold blue. The room was Japanese-style, with tatami mats. Very small and compact. It was an unusual design, I think – two walls faced the corridor. Parts of it were a reddish-purple colour too. I remember thinking I would hate it to be my room and have to eat meals surrounded by those walls.

Did you enter the room?

No. At least, I don’t remember going in. We just looked in from outside.

What happened next?

I don’t remember.

Can you remember anything else? Anything at all, no matter how trivial.

The crepe myrtle.

A crepe myrtle tree? With a smooth bark trunk?

No, the flower. A white crepe myrtle flower.

White? Are you sure? Not red?

Yes. I remember a pure white crepe myrtle flower. In full bloom.

Take your time and try to remember. What did you think as you looked at this white crepe myrtle flower? What did you feel?

It was so beautiful. In full bloom, with not a blemish. It was so beautiful, I was frightened.

You were frightened? Why?

I don’t know. But for some reason I was very frightened by that white flower.

Riku Onda Author Pic.jpgThe Author and the Translator: Riku Onda, born in 1964, is the professional name of Nanae Kumagai. She has been writing fiction since 1991 and has won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, the Japan Booksellers’ Award, the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel for The Aosawa Murders, the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize, and the Naoki Prize. Her work has been adapted for film and television. This is her first crime novel and the first time she is translated into English.

Alison Watts is an Australian-born Japanese to English translator and long time resident of Japan. She has translated Aya Goda’s TAO: On the Road and On the Run in Outlaw China (Portobello, 2007) and Durian Sukegawa’s Sweet Bean Paste (Oneworld Publications, 2017), and her translations of The Aosawa Murders and Spark (Pushkin Press, 2020) by Naoki Matayaoshi are forthcoming.

*-the price was taken from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

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