“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.”
After reading The Perfect Life of Miwako Sumida I decided to pick her the authors other book which was equally as good and enjoyable for me. The writing style is very reminiscent to Haruki Murakami which is probably why I liked it so much, as with her other book there was a main theme of mystery and finding out all of the pieces to the story puzzle as the book progresses which keeps the reader engaged.
With interesting dynamic characters to go along with the intriguing plot, Rainbirds was a great read and I look forward to Clarissa Goenawans future books. A highly recommended read for fans of Murakami.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars