Nene Yashiro and Kou Minamoto are trying to find out more about Hanako-kun. A mysterious student tells Nene to look inside the 4pm Book Stack - a secret part of the library only accessible after 4pm. Inside of it are legions of books about the students of the school. White books are about current, living students; black books are about dead students; and you must not read the red books. Nene and Kou find the hidden entrance and search the black books for Hanako’s book, but they can’t find anything. Then, Nene finds her own book, and the pages and book turn red while she’s reading it, prompting Mystery Number Five, Tsuchigomori-Sensei, to attack her!
In this volume, we finally get a great glimpse into Hanako’s backstory, which readers and Nene have been eagerly seeking for the past two volumes. We also get to explore a new mystery, the 4pm Book Stack, which has a creepy element like the other mysteries we've seen so far. We also learn of a deeper problem plaguing the school, that someone is corrupting the mysteries, prompting them to attack students. This is one of the main issues Hanako has been trying to work out, in a round-about way with Nene's help, and this really ties together the main action of the story so far. I have a sneaking feeling that Hanako's plan will end up backfiring, either by betrayal or other nefarious means, but he has noble intentions at this point. It's enough to keep readers entertained and the volumes flying off the shelf.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1, vol 2
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Supernatural
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