The Devotion Of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino. Little Brown, £12.99.

KEIGO Higashino is an award-winning Japanese author and his 2006 novel, The Devotion Of Suspect X, which gripped two million readers in Japan alone and has been made into a film, has finally hit our shores.

The drama starts with single mother and divorcee Yakuso Hanaoka, who kills her violent ex-husband Togashi (with help from her young daughter Misato) after suffering years of abuse.

Panicking about what she has done, she contemplates turning herself in to the police, only to find her next-door neighbour, Ishigami, a mathematics genius, is on hand to help her cover up the murder.

Ishigami is in love with Yakuso and will do anything to keep the police from suspecting her – even if it means committing murder himself.

This book is confusing, gripping and clever. Full of twists and turns, and dripping in subterfuge, it’s nothing less than a brilliant thriller.

Emma Everingham