Cult X

Cult X Review

The magnum opus by Akutagawa Prize-winner Fuminori Nakamura, Cult X is a story that dives into the psychology of fringe religion, obsession, and social disaffection.

When Toru Narazaki’s girlfriend, Ryoko, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of a private detective he’s hired to find her. Ryoko’s past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address where she lived: in a compound in the heart of Tokyo, with a group that seems to be a cult led by a charismatic guru with a revisionist Buddhist scheme of life, death, and society. Narazaki plunges into the secretive world of the cult, ready to expose himself to any of the guru’s brainwashing tactics if it means he can learn the truth about Ryoko. But the cult isn’t what he expected, and he has no idea of the bubbling violence beneath its surface.

Inspired by the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway, Cult X is an exploration of what draws individuals into extremism. This multi-faceted novel is nothing less than a tour de force, capturing the connections between astrophysics, neuroscience, and religion. It is an invective against predatory corporate consumerism and exploitative geopolitics, and it is a love story about compassion in the face of nihilism.

Title:Cult X
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Nancy Oakes

    very very tough book to rate so I'll leave it blank. It doesn't mean zero stars it just means I am at a loss for applying a rating at this moment. http://www.crimesegments.com/2018/06/...The key word ...

  • Dave

    Fuminori Nakamura is the Arch-Duke of Japanese noir fiction. He has written a number of dark, obsessive works that are quite terrific. “Thief” especially stands out as a work that encapsulates iso...

  • Akylina

    Seems like 2018 is the year of long, complicated and difficult-to-review books.Full review to come soon....

  • Patrick Sherriff

    This release is doing the rounds of the English-language review circuit right now and I was intrigued enough to download the audiobook narrated by Brian Nishii. But a couple of warnings: It's 17 hours...

  • Lizy

    Note: I received this book as a free ARC from Copperfish Books, where I work. Initial thoughts:1. I think this book destroyed me. 2. I'm normally a 200 page a day kinda girl on my days off. This had m...

  • 11811 (Eleven)

    This is a heavily philosophical crime novel. More philosophy than crime. Not for everyone but I really dug it. 4.5 stars....

  • James Q. Golden

    More than Fight ClubMuch, much, much more....

  • Tianna Moxley

    The deep, dark depths of the human condition are explored at a remarkably dangerous scale in Fuminori Nakamura's latest novel, Cult X. What begins as a seemingly simple missing persons case turns into...

  • Jessica Woodbury

    If you like novels with a lot of disparate threads where things don't always quite come together and you aren't afraid to be disoriented, there's a lot to like here. If you want simple structures and ...

  • Don Hackett

    41/2 stars. Published in the US by Soho Crime, written a known crime writer, this turned out to be so much more than I expected. The story is set around two "cults", one a revisionist Buddhism preache...