Bullet Train by Kotaro Isaka

Disclaimer: I received this finished book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Bullet Train

Author: Kotaro Isaka

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Diversity: Japanese characters and setting

Recommended For…: mystery lovers, thriller, Japan based and characters

Publication Date: August 3, 2021

Genre: Thriller/Mystery

Recommended Age: 16+ (Violence, gore, death)

Explanation of CWs: Lots of violence and gore. Some death.

Publisher: Abrams Publishing

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Nanao, nicknamed Lady Bird—the self-proclaimed “unluckiest assassin in the world”—boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with one simple task: grab a suitcase and get off at the next stop. Unbeknownst to him, the deadly duo Tangerine and Lemon are also after the very same suitcase—and they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Satoshi, “the Prince,” with the looks of an innocent schoolboy and the mind of a viciously cunning psychopath, is also in the mix and has history with some of the others. Risk fuels him as does a good philosophical debate . . . like, is killing really wrong? Chasing the Prince is another assassin with a score to settle for the time the Prince casually pushed a young boy off of a roof, leaving him comatose.

When the five assassins discover they are all on the same train, they realize their missions are not as unrelated as they first appear.

Review: For the most part this was an ok book. I liked the way the book was written and it was a fun assassin novel. The book also had a good mix of comedy and action for me.

However, the plot failed to keep my interest throughout the book and it book reads as a first in a series of novels as it overexplains and goes into too much detail about the train and the characters on board.

Verdict: It’s good, just not for me.