by Yukito Ayatsuji
Book Review by Drake Roman
in 1972, Misaki, a student of Yomiyama North middle School's Class 3-3, suddenly died partway through the school year. Devastated by the unexpected loss, the teachers and students behaved like Misaki was still alive., leading to s strange presence in the graduation photo. 15-year-old Koichi Sakakibara transfers into Yomiyama's class 3-3, where he meets Mei Misaki, a strange student whom their classmates and teachers seemingly ignore. The class is soon caught up in a strange phenomenon, in which students and their relatives begin to die in mysterious ways. Realizing that these deaths are related to the "Misaki of 1972", it is up to Koichi and Mei to discover the cause of these mysterious deaths and figure out how to stop it before it kills them.
The two main characters in the story are Koichi Sakakibara and Mei Misaki. Koichi was hospitalized during the beginning of the school year due to pneumothorax. Mei is an unusual girl who is often seen wearing a white eye-patch over her left eye. At school she is completely ignored by her classmates and sits in the back at an old scratched desk.
This book is on my top ten list of favorite books, not only that but it sits at the top. Out of all the events that happened in the book, my favorite part would have to be whenever Sakakibara enters the doll shop. Which happens to be Mei's home. In my honest opinion my least favorite part of this book would have to be the ending. Well, not the exact ending, but leading up to it.
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Especially if those people like horror and/or mystery. Although, if I had to put an age limit due to the detail of the graphic deaths I would have to say at least eleven years old.
Live action movie adaption of another
Another is not available at the public library
Naoyuki Uchida, (born December 23, 1960), also known by his pseudonym Yukito Ayatsuji, is a Japanese writer of mystery and horror. He is one of the founders of Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan and one of the representative writers of the new traditionalist movement in Japanese mystery writing.