Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Twin sisters, Arisa and Tsubasa, are separated by their parent's divorce. The twins secretly exchange letters with each other during their separation. They are finally united after three years and Arisa asks Tsubasa to pretend to be her and spend a day in her school just for fun. At school everyone seems very nice to Tsubasa (who is pretending to be Arisa) and everything seemed normal... until she finds a strange note in her sister's shoe locker. When Tsubasa hands over the letter to Arisa, Arisa tries to kill herself by jumping out of a window. Arisa survives but remains in a coma. The letter read, "Arisa is a traitor." After her sister's suicide attempt, Tsubasa is determined to unravel the mystery behind the letter and her sister's suicide attempt so Tsubasa continues to go to school as Arisa... will she find out who sent the note and why it had such an effect on Arisa?
Oh my gosh! :) What can I say about Arisa: Volume 5?! You may think you're getting closer to getting to know who the "King" is ... but then you are left with more questions!! :)
This book focused more on the poignant aspect of the many relationships in the book, and most importantly, Tsubasa's and Arisa's. Tsubasa's basically realizing how much she actually means to Arisa, and if she can really do this or not.
I know that I gave all of the books in the series a 5/5, but this one was a little different. I absolutely loved this one, and I couldn't put it down, but there was something very tiny missing for me. I actually really liked the fact that the suspense was not as big as Arisa: Volume 2 and beyond, and that we actually get to see how everybody is dealing with the situation.
I really have no idea who the "King" could be because everyone is a suspect! After a trap that is put on by the "King" to Tsubasa, Manabe almost got hurt. I think that Tsubasa is starting to realize how powerful the "King" really is. It was a suspenseful moment, and I couldn't put it down! :)
The characters in the story are amazingly crafted. I loved that we got to see a back-story for Shizuka, and it really helped knowing who she was that brought her to this point. We see Manabe's guilt in the situation, and his loyalty to which girl.
The suspense that was in the book was intense, and we really got to see the characters think about who they are. The ending was so suspenseful, and I was not expecting it at all!
Likes: The poignant aspect, Tsubasa's braveness, the new characters, the plot switching, the plot never being dull, the plot thickening, the ending
Dislikes: Not as much suspense. :) But it was still amazing!
*Note: This book contains some language. It is also rated 13+.
**Note: If you want to start the series, start with Arisa: Volume 1.