What's Left of Me is Yours - Stephanie Scott

Review :

What's Left of Me is Yours, Stephanie Scott's multiple award-winning debut novel, is a triumph of a story set against the metropolis of Tokyo, Japan and which shines a light on the peculiar industry that has sprung up in relation to those in struggling marriages as well as the way marriage struggles and impending divorce is perceived in Asia. Inspired by a fascinating true crime awe of murder, Scott masterfully crafts a devastatingly deft fact-meets-fiction epic that barges its way into your heart and mind and has you racing through its pages feverishly. The plot centres around Osamu Sat a long-married man who has grown increasingly disillusioned with his marriage, and as a consequence, pays a fee to Kaitar Nakamura in order to seduce his wife, Rina, making it easier to demonise her for participation in adultery her in front of the courts when applying for a divorce. But you know what they say about the best laid plans.

This is a compelling, gripping and exquisitely lyrical story and from the opening pages it captured my attention and I raced through it despite my attempts to savour it as best I could. It's a beautifully crafted tour-de-force that I am sure will be in my top ten reads of 2020 at the end of the year. The cast of characters were engaging and intriguing but the main character was really the Tokyo setting which suited me perfectly as a Japanophile; the locations leapt from the pages and I learned many more fascinating anecdotes about Japanese culture, especially the regard marriage is held in in society and interesting information about the criminal justice process. Ms Scott is a huge new talent and this is a pure, indulgent and thoroughly accomplished page-turner that'll appeal to a wide range of readers. I am excited for her future endeavours. Unreservedly recommended. Many thanks to W&N for an ARC.

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