You’re going to want to read Rainbirds. Here are some reasons why: First, it takes place in Japan, so you’ll get an idea of what it’s like to live there. Second, it’s a murder mystery that is different from any murder mystery you’ve probably ever met. Third, it’s beautifully written. What more could you want?

Ren’s sister has been murdered, and he goes to the small town where she lived to claim her ashes. He hasn’t seen her in years. The police have no suspects, so he decides to do his best to learn about her life. He takes her job, lives in her apartment, and gets to know her friends. Along the way, he learns about his sister, but also about himself.

The surprising twists will keep you reading, and you may even be sad when it’s over. I was.