Set in Japan, this novel begins really differently from others I have read. I have piercings myself but the beginning of the book made me squirm with distaste. Witness the life of Lui - for one so young, she seems hell bent on destroying her life with lurid sex, tattoos, piercings and alcohol. Bad things happen – but it’s not a bad book. Stay with it to the end you'll know what I mean. The final revelation is quite shocking.