Last Stop Tokyo by James Buckler
PUBLISHED BY DOUBLEDAY
REVIEW BY KRIS WILLIAMS
Last Stop Tokyo is a thriller that takes the darker side of Tokyo as its backdrop.
Leaving his troubles behind in London and wanting a fresh start, Alex Mallory works as an English teacher in Tokyo. The only person he knows in the city is Hiro, a friend from university days. Hiro introduces Alex to Naoki, and they secretly start seeing each other. From that point on, everything starts to go wrong for Alex. Both have things in their past they don’t want to share.
Alex is a good person who finds himself mixed up with some very bad people. Naoko is unpredictable and rash. Both are damaged people who make decisions that have devastating consequences.
After an argument about Alex’s past, Naoki breaks it off with him. Both of them want the relationship to succeed but they both refuse to reveal their failures. Their argument turns into a violent fight and the police are called. Naoki has to decide to tell the truth about the argument or save her reputation by telling a lie. She decides to lie to save face. In trouble, Alex finds himself accused of a crime he didn't commit.
From there, the story progresses with a sense of dread that things are not going to get any better for Alex, building to a very unexpected ending. Last Stop Tokyo is a book about secrets, betrayal and hard choices.
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