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Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan


Clarissa Goenawan

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Imprint: Corsair
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 2 May 2019
ISBN: 9781472154750

Set in an imagined town outside Tokyo, Clarissa Goenawan's dark, spellbinding literary debut follows a young man's path to self-discovery in the wake of his sister's murder.

4 stars out of 5
Stephanie Cross
16 May 2019

"...the dialogue snaps, and I found the subtle creepiness very moreish"

You could be forgiven for mistaking the narrator of this enjoyable page-turner for a terse gumshoe from a classic Chicago noir. Rainbirds even has a jazz soundtrack, not to mention a backdrop of rainy skies and night-time streets... This is a book in which the darkest depths — not least young Ren’s — are mostly skirted, rather than plumbed, and the quiet resolution will be too neat for some tastes. But the dialogue snaps, and I found the subtle creepiness very moreish.