Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

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Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka
General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers
Random House UK
17 Mar 2022


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?

‘Bullet Train’ by Kotaro Isaka is a thrilling and suspenseful novel that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. As a fan of crime and mystery novels, I was immediately drawn to this book and was not disappointed.

The story follows the journey of five assassins on a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka, each with their own mission and secrets. As they navigate through the train, tension rises and alliances are formed and broken. The fast-paced plot and constant twists and turns had me hooked from the very beginning.

One of the things I loved about this book was the diverse and well-developed characters. Each assassin has their own distinct personality and backstory, making them feel like real people rather than just fictional characters. Isaka does a fantastic job of weaving their stories together and keeping the reader invested in each of their fates.

The setting of the bullet train also adds a unique and exciting element to the story. The confined space and limited time frame ratchet up the intensity and make for a thrilling ride. Isaka’s writing is descriptive and vivid, bringing the train and its passengers to life in the reader’s mind.

Another aspect of the book that I appreciated was the clever and unpredictable plot. Just when I thought I had everything figured out, Isaka would throw in a surprising twist that left me reeling. The pacing of the story is perfect, with the right amount of action, suspense, and character development.

However, one thing that did bother me was the ending. While I won’t give any spoilers, I felt that it was a bit rushed and left some loose ends that could have been tied up. It left me with mixed feelings and longing for a more satisfying conclusion.

Overall, ‘Bullet Train’ is a highly entertaining and gripping read that I would highly recommend. It’s a rollercoaster of a ride that will keep readers guessing until the very end. Isaka’s writing is masterful, and I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.


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