An unnamed Japanese family leave their seven-year-old son at the side of a mountain road and drive off to teach him a lesson. Ten minutes later they return and he is missing. Various experts and searchers are brought in to help find the child and the search parties grow to one thousand people over a six-day period.
Momose and Ishida are two psychology professors at the university and help assess the situation and possible choices the child may have made. They consult with each other and proffer different scenarios to the searchers as to how the young boy may have reacted and which direction he may have travelled. They analysed why he should have travelled up the mountain, down the mountain, in search of water, in search of warmth, to follow the road, not to follow the road, and all the time worried about hypothermia.
I had a feeling that the moral of the story would be that for all the complexity our minds can conceive, the answer is often simple and staring us straight in the face. That wasn’t the outcome, and it ended very abruptly and without incident. Ishida did contemplate; had the boy seen the same demons he saw as a child and did his professional work shine a spotlight on people’s issues or was this all a profound backlight to his own self-assessment and realisation of himself.
I just didn’t get the story although it is well written with a great flow. I would rate this book 3.5 stars and I would like to thank Richard Nathan from Red Circle Authors for providing me with a free copy in return for an honest review.