Fiction

The Fine Art of Invisible Detection by Robert Goddard

My thanks to Ruth Richardson of Transworld Publishers for suggesting this book for reading via Netgalley. It’s absolutely brilliant!

About the Book

Umiko Wada has recently had quite enough excitement in her life. With her husband recently murdered and a mother who seems to want her married again before his body is cold, she just wants to keep her head down.

As a secretary to a private detective, her life is pleasingly uncomplicated, filled with coffee runs, diary management and paperwork.

That is, until her boss takes on a new case. A case which turns out to be dangerous enough to get him killed. A case which means Wada will have to leave Japan for the first time and travel to London.

Following the only lead she has, Wada quickly realises that being a detective isn’t as easy as the television makes out. And that there’s a reason why secrets stay buried for a long time. Because people want them to stay secret. And they’re prepared to do very bad things to keep them that way…

What I thought

Oh wow, I absolutely loved this book. Plot twists at every turn of the page. Dead bodies here, there and everywhere. From Tokyo to London to Devon to Reykjavik to Cornwall. It really was an edge of your seat crime/thriller. Crime fiction has never really been a genre I pay a lot of attention to. I’m missing out – big time if this book is anything to go by. I’d not heard of Robert Goddard, but he’s written a lot of books and I would definitely try another by this author.

Anyway to the plot. Firstly there’s quite a few Japanese names to get your head around. I’m sure my pronunciation of names was way out and at first I did struggle a little remembering who was who and what was a person’s name and what was a company name, but as I read on I got there eventually. Then the story moves on to Reykjavik and we have to start all over again with Icelandic names, this book is certainly a test of your concentration, but it keeps you focused that’s for sure.

The central character to the story is Umiko Wada. She originally worked as a PA to a Private Investigator Kazuto Kodaka in Tokyo. Then when he takes on a new case he asks Wada (everyone calls her by just her surname) to take on a more involved role than just PA and invites her to go to London to help him with the case he’s just taken on. For reasons we won’t go into here, Wada ends up trying to solve the case on her own which leaves her thinking on her feet and finding herself in constant danger. I really liked Wada. Her tenacity never lets her down, she’s brave, clever and always manages to keep one step ahead of the enemy.

There are a lot of characters in the book and at times I struggled a little to keep track of them all but every one of them has a part to play. There are just so many twists and turns and nail biting moments which all lead to a tense ending. Even then when you think you’re finished, the end – there is one final twist! Oooh so good, it’s like a giant jigsaw puzzle, and it’s fascinating to watch each little piece slot into place.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

♥ Happy Reading ♥


Thank you to Transworld publishers for an advance copy of the book via Netgalley.

The book is published today 18 March and is available as an e-book and in hardback. Available on Amazon and other booksellers.

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