Claire knows she should let it go, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s been kept from her. In search of answers, Claire combs through anything that will give her information about her father . . . until she discovers he was a member of the yakuza, the Japanese mafia. The discovery opens a door that should have been left closed.
So begins the race to outrun his legacy as the secrets of her father’s past threaten Claire’s friends and family, newfound love, and ultimately her life. Ink and Ashes, winner of Tu Books’ New Visions Award, is a heart-stopping debut mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.
- I have to say, there is a big difference between an author who is Japanese and a Japanese enthusiast author. This book felt more real, and I appreciated the small things, like Claire enjoying seeing other Asians at school. I would have really liked that as a kid.
- For a mystery, I felt like there wasn't enough suspense and tension. The story moved a little slow, and it spent a lot of time on every day things. I felt like some of the "clues" didn't lead anywhere. I really wanted the letter from Claire's dad to have a bigger part.
- There are a lot of kids in Claire's group, and I thought there were too many for a while, but towards the end of the book, I liked each character.
- I got tired of Claire blaming Chase for everything. He was a jerk! I get it! Move on!
- I felt that Claire's letters to her dad weren't needed. I got enough of her personality and feelings from the story.
- I really liked the relationship between Claire's group of friends. I like that her brothers were involved, and they all watched out for each other.
- I liked who Claire hooks up with, but there was a too much focus on the romance for a little while, and way too much kissing. Good grief!
- Overall, it was a good story, and I appreciated all the Japanese American culture.