If seeing the trailer for the Netflix adaptation of Susanna Jones’s The Earthquake Bird has piqued your curiosity, you may devour the 220-page e-book or hold studying to seek out out all of the solutions to this haunting thriller. Simply watch out for spoilers!
Printed in 2001, The Earthquake Delivery is narrated by Lucy Fly, a 34-year-old British translator and ex-pat dwelling in Tokyo. The story opens with Lucy being questioned over the homicide of her pal Lily Bridges. Evasive in her solutions to the police, she’s extra open with the reader, who shortly turns into her silent confidant. As such, the majority of the novel is shaped by recollections of her previous, intertwined with stunning and detailed descriptions of Japan.
A lady with no dwelling, Lucy tells us about her emotionally distant dad and mom and a childhood that left her closed-off to the world. Bullied by her brothers continually, she’s joyful to maneuver to Tokyo and reduce all ties along with her household, particularly as soon as she meets Teiji, a restaurant employee who enjoys taking images.
Instantly, Lucy is drawn to this man, believing they share a deep connection. Their romance is passionate however unimaginable to label, and Lucy’s incapability to let folks shut works completely for the enigmatic Teiji. Nonetheless, Lucy’s ardour turns into obsession as soon as she finds photos of his mysterious ex-lover.
Enter Lily. Additionally an ex-pat from Nice Britain, Lily is in some ways the other of chilly, indifferent Lucy. Though additionally fleeing her previous and looking for refuge in Japan, Lily is an extrovert who shortly inserts herself into Lucy’s life. As she helps Lily discover an residence, an odd friendship begins.
Not lengthy after, Lucy introduces Lily to Teiji. Her tightly-controlled life immediately goes out in flames as soon as the trio decides to take a attempt to Sado, and she’s taken unwell. As they go away her alone to get better, she begins to suspect a brand new stage of intimacy between Teiji and Lily. As sparks fly, Lucy’s jealousy grows. Nonetheless, she tries to dismiss her doubts as paranoia, till the day they return to Tokyo. There isn’t any working from the reality as she catches them kissing on the prepare station.
Feeling harm and betrayed, Lucy locks herself in her residence to wallow. Not lengthy after, Lily knocks at her door, hoping to reconcile, however Lucy is agency. It is the final time she sees Lily.
Again on the police station, Lucy tells them a story of strangling Lily with stockings. She is aware of this is not true, but, in her thoughts, Lily’s demise is her fault. Ever since her brother died in an accident involving her, Lucy believes demise follows her round. She describes herself as an unintentional serial killer. Already suspicious of her, the detectives arrest Lucy, however DNA outcomes clear her of being concerned in Lily’s demise.
In the meantime, she learns Teiji has left Tokyo shortly after their journey to Sado. Witnesses declare to have seen Lily with a Japanese man close to Lucy’s residence on the day of her disappearance. Two photographs are discovered depicting her demise, however Lucy, regardless of suspecting him, does not inform the police Teiji was a photographer.
The homicide stays unsolved and we’re left with an eerie final chapter the place Lucy thinks she’s being adopted and photographed by Teiji.
Ultimately, The Earthquake Bird is a personality research first, thriller novel second. What glues the reader to the web page is Lucy’s stranger notion of the world. It is her thoughts that creates the novel’s sense of isolation and paranoia. As if attempting to distance herself from occasions, Lucy’s narration adjustments from first to 3rd individual, leaving the reader questioning how a lot of what she tells is true and if we will belief her to know the distinction.
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