#BlogTour | #BookReview – LAST STOP TOKYO by James Buckler (August 24th 2017, Doubleday @DoubledayUK @ThomasssHill @TransworldBooks)

Welcome to my stop on this Blog Tour for LAST STOP TOKYO 🙂

I would of course, as every #BlogTour like to thank the team at Double Day, Transworld Books, Anne Cater, Thomas Hill and of course the author; James Buckler for an early copy of LAST STOP TOKYO. I am forever grateful and promise that the review below is 100% honest and of my own views.

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To kick off, we have the “blurb” for the book;

The funny thing with suffering is just when you think you’ve suffered enough, you realize it’s only the beginning.

Alex thought running away would make everything better. Six thousand miles from the mistakes he’s made and the people he’s hurt, Tokyo seems like the perfect escape. A new life, a new Alex.

The bright lights and dark corners of this alien and fascinating city intoxicate him, and he finds himself transfixed by this country, which feels like a puzzle that no one can quite explain. And when Alex meets the enigmatic and alluring Naoko, the peace he sought slips ever further from his grasp.

After all, trust is just betrayal waiting to happen and Alex is about to find out that there’s no such thing as rock bottom. There’s always the chance it’ll get worse . . .  

So, you want to know what I think?

After starting (and then parking) SIX FOUR (long haul flight was not the right time for me to start this book!) I was certainly keen to read another book based in Tokyo. I have delved into British Crime, American Crime, Scandi Crime and even South African Crime – but I was excited to dig into a crime novel based in Japan.

LAST STOP TOKYO gave me, what I thought, a perfect introduction into Tokyo – the hustle and bustle, the class, the style and more importantly the culture. The characters and people do not behave like your usual characters. There is defintiely an air of sophistication, but with a contrast of ruthlessness and determintation.

If you are looking for a super fast paced action thriller, then this book is not one for you. What LAST STOP TOKYO has is an air of mystery around the main character Alex while he finds himself in uncompromising circumstances. Alex certainly suffers from ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ syndrome! The readers are kept guessing as to Alex’s past and the secrets surrounding him, whilst invested in his current predicaments.

This book had a rather quick and abrupt ending – which I feel was definitely in keeping with the storyline. It would have felt wrong to have this huge heroic ending for Alex in this story. It makes me wonder whether this is actually Naoko’s story? If so, her ending was left in a way that could certainly be explored in subsequent novels.


James Buckler grew up in the South West of England and currently lives in London though he has lived in America and Japan, where he worked as an English teacher. He studied Film at the University of Westminster and worked in film & TV for many years, most notably as a post-production specialist for MTV and BBC Films. Last Stop Tokyo is his debut novel.

LAST STOP TOKYO is out on NOW and can be purchased at the following outlets;

Amazon (UK) | Waterstones | Amazon.com | Kobo (UK) | Book Depository

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