Tomomi Ishikawa has left a suicide note for her friend Ben Constable. In the note are the first clues to a treasure hunt she has created for him and although this is no consolation, it does provide a little distraction. The trail leads Ben to lesser-known corners of Paris and later, New York. The prizes are unexpected gardens or covered streets, a place to sit, things to taste, and a series of notebooks describing murders Tomomi Ishikawa has committed. Ben can’t decide if the notebooks are true accounts or whether they are just stories she has made up. He’d like to think that it’s all just a game, but it isn’t clear whether he is being entertained or played with. Perhaps he’s one of the victims.
Three Lives of Tomomi Ishikawa is an adventure. It is about noticing small things. It’s about laughing at stuff we shouldn’t laugh at. It’s about friendship and it’s about the loss of friendship. It’s also about making up stories. And Murder.