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The Earthquake Bird

The Earthquake Bird

Author(s): Susanna Jones

Location(s): Tokyo

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern



Set in Japan, The Earthquake Bird begins with an earth-tremor on its first page that echoes metaphorically through the book. Lucy is a young and insecure translator straining to survive in the bustling, impersonal city of Tokyo. She becomes the principal suspect in a murder case when her best friend Lily is killed. Initially, her dealings with the police present her as vulnerable and ill at ease (she has a quirky way of talking about herself in the third person), but revelations about her past begin to pull the metaphorical rug from beneath the reader’s feet.

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This book is a thriller set against a veritable tour of the city, whether language, the buildings, transport, bars….a very strong feel of Tokyo. An unsettling novel. Barbie Mckellan –

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