An isolated block of 150 apartments occupied only by single ladies and manned by two receptionists.Some of the ladies have secrets to hide . A master key exists that can unlock any apartment and it gets stolen.A child's body lies buried under the apartment which is yet to be discovered . The woman in the fifth floor is still waiting for someone to return to her even after seven years and she prepares dinner every night for this anticipated guest who never comes.The "Master Key ",by Masako Togawa connects all this to give us a good old fashioned mystery thriller with unexpectected twists and turns till the end.
The author Masako Togawa was apparently a lady who wore many hats as a singer ,composer,city planner,night club owner and novelist.For me ,the most interesting fact about this book is that it is all about the women.The women carry the show all through the book with their inner fears , insecurities, jealousies,cunningness,secrets and wits.
Do pick it up if you love mysteries and have a special corner for Japanese mysteries