Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Clarissa Goenawan

Narrated By: David Shih

Publisher: HighBridge Company

Date: March 2018

Duration: 10 hours 12 minutes


Ren Ishida is nearly finished with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko's, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister's affairs, still failing to understand why she chose to abandon the family and Tokyo for this desolate town years ago.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a local cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at a wealthy politician's mansion in exchange for reading to the man's catatonic wife.

As he comes to know the figures in Akakawa, from the enigmatic politician to his fellow teachers and a rebellious, alluring student named Rio, Ren delves into his shared childhood with Keiko and what followed, trying to piece together what happened the night of her death. Haunted in his dreams by a young girl who is desperately trying to tell him something, Ren struggles to find solace in the void his sister has left behind.


  • Katie C

    I knew this novel was going to be a slow, character driven plot. However, you need to have a likable protagonist for that to work. Ren is not a likable character. He acts without thinking and has multiple flings with women. It felt unrelated to the story and I kept wondering why it was in there. His inappropriate actions toward his own student are ridiculous also. A lot of the dialogue between the characters felt forced and unrealistic. The only thing I enjoyed was the setting of the novel.


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