Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (Translation)

Recommend: For everyone and anyone who loves a dark and twisted tale of revenge.Autumn-Leaves-2-Cropped

Blurb: Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge.

After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation.

But first, she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that will upend everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge.

Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions probes the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in harm’s way. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again.

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Genre: Mystery

Length: 235 Pages

Published: 2014 by Mulholland Books

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This book is like a straight thread that is slowly tied into knots after knots until it’s turned into an unsettling and relentless story.

The story started in a classroom on the last day of school. At first, it didn’t show much about what’s going on or what’s about to happen. It was a regular lecture from a homeroom teacher about milk and life in general but then the story suddenly flip. I was intrigued by how the story went … every page I had read was weave into the shocking ending of the first chapter. The chapter that started everything…

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There were six stories from five narrators whom told their story in a very unique way that had change an atmosphere and made each chapter standout with their dark and twisted minds. However, the narrators had one thing in common which was they talked directly at us – the reader. The writer delicately craft each character and showed us their psychological and behavior that leaded to the dead of four-year-old child and the aftermath of tragic incident.

Frankly, the movie version of Confessions is one of my favorite film so I was thrilled when I finally got a chance to read the novel version. It wasn’t fail to tell the story and it still could drag me into their disturbing world.

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