Book Review | The Fine Art of Invisible Detection


Title: The Fine Art of Invisible Detection 

Author: Robert Goddard

Publisher: Bantam

Release Date: 18th March 2021

Source: NetGalley 
Tokyo, Japan

Umiko Wada has had enough excitement in life. With an overbearing mother and her husband recently murdered, she just wants to keep her head down. As a secretary to a private detective, her life is pleasantly filled with coffee runs and paperwork.

That is, until her boss takes on a new case. A case that is surrounded by shadows. A case that means Wada will have to leave Tokyo and travel to London.

London, England

Nick Miller never knew his father, and was always told he wasn’t missing much. But when an old friend of his late mother says there are things that Nick needs to know about his parents, he can’t ignore it.

When a chance encounter brings Wada and Nick together, they couldn’t know the series of violent events set off by their investigations. And when they discover Nick’s father might have been the only witness to a dark secret forever buried, they realise there are some powerful people who will do whatever it takes to keep it that way…
Umiko Wada lives in Tokyo, she wants to live an unassuming life, she doesn’t want excitement she just wants to get through the day without any hassle.  She works for a private detective and as exciting as this may sound her days are anything but.  However all this changes one day when a client comes in to the office, their case needs someone to go to London, someone who wont ring alarm bells and that someone is Wada.

Wada is happy to go, her husband tragically lost his life after the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack, she has nobody to go home to and prepares herself for travel making sure to pack her copy of The Makioka Sisters.  She is to meet a man in London who has information their client requires, if she can pass herself off as the client it will be an nice easy job for her except we know things never go to plan.  The man doesn’t turn up.

Nick Miller lives in London, brought up by his mother and her partner, he never knew his father or really wanted to but an old acquaintance of his parents says he has information for him about his father and he will be coming to London so he can tell him in person.  Except he doesn’t turn up.

Could it be the same man?!  Well yes and this is where the book starts putting on the mileage as separately Wada and Nick travel to Devon to see if they can find their mysterious contact, missing each other they then end up in Iceland.  The tale then takes a violent turn as people start turning up dead, a mysterious company is buying tracts of land in the country, a sinister Japanese businessman is part of it and it turns out Nick’s father may been embroiled in the midst of all of this along with the case Wada was working on.  

It is a great mix of energy, with Wada’s Japanese sensibilities against the craziness of what is going on plus her and Nick always seem to miss one another.  The story twists and turns and twists again.  You need to keep up with it and I really enjoyed doing so.

It is a great thriller that doesn’t always take it self too seriously but entertains and thrills at the same time.

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.





18 comments

  1. A four star read is always a welcome thing!

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  2. This sounds really good! It's new to me but I'm very curious now:-)

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  3. Oh, it sounds really good ! And Japan, Devon, Iceland, it's been too long since I read a good thriller :)

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  4. I need something lighter now after (2) sad historical reads. This sounds good.

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    1. It wasn’t sad in any way, it wasn’t a comedy but it wasn’t over serious either.

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  5. You have me intrigued! I probably would have given this a pass if I had just glanced at it but now I definitely want to pick it up. Adding to my TBR.

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  6. I love the sound of this. The Japanese setting (and later Iceland) especially. I may need to try this one...

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  7. This sounds fabulous and the cover is a knockout!

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    1. It’s really good, I really enjoyed it from start to finish!

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  8. This sounds like one I might enjoy and I love the sound of the varied settings. Definitely adding it to my list.

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    1. It is a great read and the characters especially Wada are great.

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  9. I couldn't tell by the cover that this was a thriller. Great cover and title. It drew me in.

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