I would give this book 5 stars but there is a major flaw. One of the rules of the Death Note is that even if you write your name in the Death Note, you will not die. And since L writes his name in the Death Note, he shouldn't die at the end, but he does. The author should have done a better job with the rules of the Death Note. Also, Ryuk should have had to follow L, but he didn't. Also, the writing isn't all that great, but it didn't really take away from the overall story.I would only read this book if you have a lot of free time. I enjoyed getting to know L a littl better and I liked the new characters, but there are better things I could have been reading.