I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
And let me tell you: I’m so happy to announce how GOOD this book is! Of course I expected to be enjoyable, as I’m a big fan of Asia, and Japan in particular. My first trip there ever is due in December and honestly, I can not wait. So to read a great book about Japan, with a main character who could be easily my twin, well.. What can I say? Once again thank to S.J. Pajonas for ARC!
The Daydreamer Detective is about a young woman Mei, living in Tokyo and hoping for the best for herself. Mei’s dream of high life style and impressive carrer is shattered when she gets fired. She’s broke so she leaves city life behind and is heading to her hometown, help mother at their farm. But what Mei doesn’t expect is how much has changed since her last visit. Not only the town she used to know, but also people she considered close.
What I appreciated a lot was the combination of genres. S.J. Pajonas says she doesn’t write average stuff, and I agree. By picking a book having in its title words “detective” and “mystery”, it would be logical to suppose such book will contain great deal of dark secrets, nerve-wracking plot twists and lots of blood. S.J. Pajonas proved breaking such stereotypes, but still managed to write easily readable criminal case. Although readers can make own conclusion about the criminal, I was reading last pages holding my breath.
But sure, there is another reason why The Daydreamer Detective: I’ve seen myself almost too much in this book. From being in the same age group as Mei, or having the same attitude towards myself, to my love-hate relationship to my background. Although I admire some people in my hometown, I don’t feel like going there regularly. It brings too many questions, lots of unwanted memories and often unpleasant changes. On the other hand, no matter how much I like to be in the city, in the end my soul is often happier in the smaller place, connected to the nature. We all need to unplug, don’t we? Nevertheless, my ambition of being a detective died when I was a small girl.
So, to summorize all my feelings – if I would have next book of the serie available, I would grab it within a second and would continue reading straight away. And because I couldn’t do so, I will at least wait until another mystery will pop up in Mei’s surroundings.