Fish Swimming In Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda


We are delighted to announce that Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda is our June pick for our HIF Book Of The Month!

A gripping psychological thriller, buried in a literary whodunit, that explores the mysteries of romantic love, memory and attaining self-knowledge, quietly suspenseful and elegantly constructed.

The same incident told very differently by the two young protagonists but both leading to one startling conclusion, you won’t be able to put this one down.

Following on from the acclaimed and bestselling The Aosawa Murders published in 2020 and selected by the Guardian as one the best mystery novels of the year, The Globe and Mail called it “one of the most praised novels of the year.”

Read on to find out more, to get your copy, and to enjoy your free sample chapter of Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight…

About the book:

Set in a Tokyo flat over the course of one night, Aki and Hiro have decided to be together one last time before going their separate ways. On a recent mountain trek together, their guide died inexplicably. Each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who was this guide and why was he killed? Which one of the two is the murderer? In an intense battle of wills over the course of a night, the true nature of the pair’s relationship and chain of events leading up to this night are gradually revealed in this gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.

About the author:

Riku Onda, born in 1964, has been writing fiction since 1991 and has published prolifically since. She has won the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers, the Japan Booksellers’ Award, the Yamamoto Shūgorō Prize and the Naoki Prize. Her work has been adapted for film and television

Translated into English by Alison Watts

Alison Watts is an Australian-born Japanese to English translator and long time resident of Japan. She has wrote the translation of The Aosawa Murders, Aya Goda’s TAO: On the Road and On the Run In Outlaw China and of Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa.

Twitter: @sashikolady

“Audacious in conception and brilliant in execution.”
Wall Street Journal

Author, Riku Onda