When ESL teacher Riko finds an old journal buried in the forests beneath Mt Fuji, a malevolent, untraceable force begins to threaten her at every turn.
But is it all in her head?
The more she studies the journal for answers, the more questions she uncovers. Worse, no-one takes her fears seriously and her best lead appears to be a belligerent old man, whose only care in the world is raking leaves deep in the forest.
With her grip on reality shaken and friendships strained to breaking point, Riko has to discover the truth about the journal in order to put ghosts of the past to rest, as strange events turn deadly.
Yet another brilliant book by Ashley Capes. This book was everything and more. I was completely engrossed in this book that it took me seven straight hours (breaks cause of house duties), to finish it.
Set in Japan, a first for me as I've shockingly never read a book set in this country, we follow a young woman whose life has turned upside down. Falsly accused of inappropriate behaviour with a student, she is set out to make things right. What she doesn't realize is a simple hike will make her life even crazier with a mysterious journal.
A Whisper of Leaves is a novella , and for those who don't know what that is, its basically a short story. Usually I'm not a huge fan of novella's as they always rush a story just to get to either the point or the end. A Whisper of Leaves is not that, I'm happy to say this story was well paced. Not slow but definitely not fast either.
Actually I didn't want it to end it was that good. Nail biting, edge of my seat rollercoaster ride of ghosts, friendship and dealing with, well, difficult people.
I unfortunately did have problems with the pronunciation of people's names and locations, but this didn't hinder me in the slightest. In all honesty, I have trouble with English words too.
There is so much more I want to talk about, but unfortunately I don't want to give away any spoilers. Just pick this book up and read it, you will not be dissapointed.