Book review: 『アンフィニシュトの書』 by Shinya Asashiro

アンフィニシュトの書
Title: アンフィニシュトの書
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First published: 2020
Published: 2020
Format: Bunko
Page Count: 248
“主人公”募集。そんな怪しいバイト募集の張り紙に惹かれ、謎の美女が主を務める洋館を訪れた平凡な高校生の輝馬。雇い主である彼女に促され手にしたのは、読んだ人間を眠りに誘い本の世界に引きずり込むという特別な本“アンフィニシュトの書”だった。物語の世界で憧れの主人公になり、可憐なヒロインと出会った輝馬。しかしある夜、彼女は殺されてしまい―。主人公だけが物語の結末を幸せに導けることを知った輝馬は、彼女を救うべく再び本の世界へ。はたして彼は物語の謎を解き、ヒロインを幸せにできるのか?

I bought this book to get into light novels (this is the first Dengeki book I read), and I was very surprised by how entertaining it was. When I chose this book, I thought it would be some kind of love story, and I was delighted when I realised that it was in fact a very nice mystery.

This being said, the story is very predictable and the mystery extremely easy to crack (in my opinion). At around one third of the book I was able to predict how the story would unfold and what would happen. Apart from some details and minor twists that I had not foreseen, the story did not have much to offer that I hadn’t already guessed. It felt like reading a detective book for children at times.

However, this did not prevent me from enjoying the story. Even if I think that the book could have challenged the reader a little more, following the protagonist in his adventure was extremely enjoyable and the story engrossing. I liked the characters and the settings, I liked the mechanism behind the story and overall, had a very pleasant time reading this book.

If you want to read a light novel with an interesting plot mechanism and a whodunnit flavour, this book is perfect. If you want to read a murder mystery that challenges you to find the culprit, you will certainly find 『アンフィニシュトの書』 too easy. Finally, if you are looking for easy books, I found this one quite easy to read. There is a repetitive pattern too, which makes it easier and easier to read as you get used to the vocabulary, characters and places.

Overall, this book was perfect to me because it was a mix of things that I love in novels: crime, mystery and books. If the author decides to makes a series around this theme, I will definitely be there for the other titles!

Note: you can read the first 47 pages on the publisher’s website.