In honor of the Death Note original Netflix movie coming out November 25, 2017, I decided to review a book that every Death Note fan should’ve read: Death Note: Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
In Another Note, a serial killer tries to create a murder mystery so great that even the best detective can’t solve it. The serial killer, Beyond Birthday, does this to surpass L, a world-renowned detective. The most exciting part is the clues could be anything from the murder dates to the name of the victim to the way the room is set up. The only nuisance of the whole book would be the ridiculous names of some of the characters like Believe Bridesmaid.
After the first three murders took place already, L enlists Naomi Misora, an FBI agent, to go to the crime scenes for him and investigate because L never reveals his face in order to conceal his identity. BB leaves both secret and difficult clues at each crime scene that lead to the following crime scene. Noami Misora and Ryuzaki, a mysterious detective hired by the three victims’ families, must find all the clues from each scene in order to prevent a fourth murder from happening.
Another Note is a fascinating book that stimulates the human brain. It has a nice dry humor, and it flows nicely. The narrator, Michael Keehl, switches up his narration throughout to keep the story from getting boring. His goal is to narrate a true crime report and he achieves this in the very beginning; however, he tends to flow more into storytelling mode. Occasionally, he’ll interrupt the narration to throw in his input. Overall, Another Note is a fearsome murder mystery that keeps the reader asking, “What will the killer do next?”