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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Loose Ends In Yokohama: A story of a man on a mission to make peace with his past is a work of fiction in the slice of life, interpersonal and introspective drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Alex Lund. Taking an authentic exploration of the titular location’s nightlife district, this fascinating tale features protagonist Ron Jackson, who has built his life up from tragedy to success with a series of bars and restaurants. But when Ron gets some life-shattering news, his idea of peaceful retirement suddenly becomes a single-minded mission to reconnect with his past and reconcile with those shadows which haunt him before it’s too late.
Author Alex Lund has crafted another beautifully emotive work of fiction set in his native Japan, and one which combines character and atmosphere to deliver an emotional powerhouse of a story. Having read Lund’s work before, I was prepared for the detailed and authentic depiction of Japanese life and culture, and it was really exciting to see the bright lights of Yokohama through his elegant prose. Ron Jackson was a well-formed protagonist who is not necessarily super likable at first, and that played well into my investment in his journey and the twists, discoveries, and bittersweet moments that happen to him along the way in the plot. I found the dialogue of this novel to be its most compelling feature, setting out some frank conversations that will strike a chord with those who really relate. Overall, I would certainly recommend Loose Ends In Yokohama as an engaging and accomplished work of drama.