Tuesday 6 April 2021

Review - Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
Publisher: Random House UK
Release date: 1 April 2021
Back cover blurb: Five killers are on a bullet train from Tokyo competing for a suitcase full of money. Who will make it to the last station? An original and propulsive thriller from a Japanese bestseller. Satoshi looks like an innocent schoolboy but he is really a viciously cunning psychopath. Kimura's young son is in a coma thanks to him, and Kimura has tracked him onto the bullet train heading from Tokyo to Morioka to exact his revenge. But Kimura soon discovers that they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Nanao, the self-proclaimed 'unluckiest assassin in the world', and the deadly partnership of Tangerine and Lemon are also travelling to Morioka. A suitcase full of money leads others to show their hands. Why are they all on the same train, and who will get off alive at the last station? A bestseller in Japan, Bullet Train is an original and propulsive thriller which fizzes with an incredible energy as its complex net of double-crosses and twists unwinds to the last station.

Bullet Train is a very difficult novel to review without giving anything away. A fast paced crime thriller, with some dark humour, it is a very addictive read, and will make an incredible film.

Bullet Train begins with our main characters boarding the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) at Tokyo station, each of them boarding the train with a purpose. The train is headed for Morioka, but not of all them will reach the final destination. 

Satoshi looks like an innocent schoolboy, but he is anything but. Kimura's young son is in a coma thanks to him, and he will stop at nothing to get revenge.

Nanao is unlucky, possibly the unluckiest man in Japan. None of his jobs ever go to plan, and the task that he has boarded the train in order to complete, isn't going to be any different.

And Tangerine and Lemon, are ... well I think I will leave that up to the reader to discover for themselves, as I say this is a really hard novel to review without letting something slip!

Bullet Train is available now via Amazon and all good book shops.

Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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