Salvation of a saint book review
What did I just read?

Book Review : Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino3 min read

“Sometimes it’s as important to prove there is no answer to a question as it is to answer it.” 

I just read Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino and I don’t exactly know how I feel about this.

What’s it all about?

The book Salvation of a Saint is a story about the death Yoshitaka Mashiba (A CEO of a company) and the mysteries surrounding the murder.

The book is the third edition in the Detective Galileo Series and is one of the most interesting books that I’ve read this year.

The novel dwells around the mysterious murder that involves a cup of coffee and nothing else.

Should you read it?

I completed the book in less that 12 hours because the story line was that interesting.

I was on the edge of my seat the whole time the novel was being read.

If you have watched Detective Conan (an anime about a detective prodigy) and love it, this book is the right one for you.

The whole time I was reading the book, I felt as if I was watching a Detective Conan movie. The ending is also similar to any ending of a Detective Conan episode.

Talking about the ending…. SPOILERS AHEAD!

The ending perturbed me, more than it surprised me.

You can see the twist at the ending coming from a mile away, but why and how will shock you and gave you ’em feels.

It’s been some days that I’ve read this book and the book has stayed with me. I think about the main character Ayane often.

How she killed her husband is shocking but the “why” is just too sad and leaves you feeling uneasy about life.

Can loneliness and the need to be wanted cause you to kill someone ?

The part where it is revealed why her friend killed herself and the gift she sent to Ayane has stuck in my head for quite some days.

What I liked about the novel.


Not exactly everything but I liked a lot of things that Keigo did with this one.

The characters and their chemistry

All the characters have their whys and have been written brilliantly by the writer. For example :

Ayane shares a mother like bond with her apprentice Hiromi.

The inspector Kusanagi has a love hate kind of relationship with the detective Utsumi

Kusanagi falls for Ayane

The Twist at the end

You know who and why but you don’t really know how and the “real why”. You kind of know how the murder took place but the real why is revealed at the end and it’s sad to say the least.

The Callback

At the end of the novel there’s a small callback to the first chapter of the novel. That was done well. I loved it!

Salvation of a Saint quotes

If you’re reading this book for just the quotes, it’s not that type of book. But, there are two quotes that I loved from the book.

“Sometimes it’s as important to prove there is no answer to a question as it is to answer it.” 

“marriage meant offering daily salvation to a man standing on the gallows” 

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