Finally getting around to reviewing my long list of books!
In These Words Vol. 1
Themes: gore, rape, violence, blood, psychological
Volumes: contains chapters 1-6
Asano Katsuya is a US trained psychiatrist who was recruited by the Tokyo Police Department to provide a profile through the date of several murder victims. Based on Asano’s profile and recommendation, an elaborate plan was put in place to lure the serial killer out. Within months, the plan bore a successful result. Three years and twelve victims later, Shinohara Keiji is finally in custody. Shinohara has promised a thorough confession, but Asano has to be the one to receive it. Besides the curious request by the killer, whom Asano was only familiar with on paper, disturbing nightmares begin to plague him as soon as he is given the case…
The story and characters were fascinating for me even though I am not fond of the themes present. I wouldn’t say I completely enjoyed it, though it’s enough for me to eagerly read the next chapter/volume. This felt like a psychological thriller and the mystery and drama definitely stands out and strays far from anything you’d see in your typical BL.
Smut scenes are quite disturbing since it’s rape with blood and things like rope and a knife and so if you’re not into that stuff, take care when you read or avoid. There’s no indication of love present at all but rather a twisted obsession on Keiji’s part. He’s dangerous, psychopathic and unforgiving and enjoys inflicting pain on Katsuya. Katsuya, on the other hand, is stern yet very vulnerable to Keiji as both he, the nightmares and the case affect him greatly and you’re left wondering if his vulnerability will cause him to break at some point.
The story progression is quite slow in my opinion as I felt like there wasn’t much action happening, but other than that, it’s a story with psychological drama to grip you. If you’re into that and distorted characters, then this book is for you.
Keiji “I will destroy the thing that I love, when that thing will not love me. To own that thing completely, I will kill it.”