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Stephen Snyder, tr. New York. Mulholland Books / Little, Brown. ISBN Confessions, the debut novel from Minato Kanae (b. ), is a . Confessions (告白, Kokuhaku) is a Japanese drama film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, based on housewife-turned-author Kanae Minato’s debut. Kanae Minato is a Japanese writer of crime fiction and thrillers. She is a member of the Mystery The English edition of Minato’s Confessions, published in August , was described by a critic as “the Gone Girl of Japan.” Wall Street Journal.

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Review: ‘Confessions’ by Kanae Minato – Chicago Tribune

Dec 16, Carol rated it really liked it Shelves: Nearly every twist and turn knocked me off my feet and that is SO rare as I predict conefssions many twists in thrillers and mystery books. What is a just punishment anyways, what is rehabilitation?

I do not want to be a saint. Resistance to the novel’s narrative momentum is futile; I mibato it in a single sitting, borne on a wave of dread as it billowed briskly toward its shocking, if arguably inevitable, conclusion. In fact, you will have confedsions hard time putting it down. Both Shuya and Naoki are saddled with troubled, all but maniacal mothers whose behaviors lay firm foundations for tragedies to come; by contrast, the boys’ fathers would be paragons of sanity and reason if they weren’t so ineffectual or absent.

What I love even more is the protagonist was fallible and what’s even more beautiful is that she admitted it, anyone who knows her would tell you how big of a deal that is. minqto

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She decides to commit murder-suicide to free her son and herself from torment, but in the ensuing struggle, Naoki kills her. The first chapter is an excellent short story by itself, but from second chapter to last chapter felt as later additions to make the novel length story. Given what happened here, it was a true horror story Freudian even in its starkness, in every sense of the term. 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.


This sounds like another case of characters unable to express themselves because of cultural restraint, eventually ksnae out in extraordinary ways.

It was through the characters’ mothers we get to know them more intimately, really delved into their psyche and why they all turned out to be the way they did, and why they did what they did, to each other, and to themselves. Japan Academy Prize for Best Film. Confessions A novel by Kanae Minato.

If you read and enjoyed this, I recommend Minato’s “Penance” to you. That’s what made this story refreshing, and so much fun to read. Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge. Apparently this phenomenon is not uncommon in Japan and some experts speculate that there are over one million hikkomori in the country.

Couple of chapters in, I could tell there will be goodies, I knew we were in good hands, the promise of excellence heavy in the air. Authorities consider the death an accident but Moriguchi tells a long story that details how two students in the class whom she calls ‘A’ and ‘B’ murdered Manami Home May May Book Reviews.

The twists and the turns were incredible. View all 6 comments. It is the type of book that you want to share with everyone once you finish it. Along the way I learned much–more, if truth be told, than I felt emotionally prepared to learn–about the damage inflicted by adults upon children, and the ways in which the young sometimes return it in kind, twisted and magnified Writing – 4 Stars.

Good book, recommended for fans of literary fiction and mysteries. Minato does well in presenting this piece, which allows the reader to see the story particularly the crime through the eyes of many characters, thereby offering motives and enriching the greater story.


The tone is dark and confesisons are many, many questions and what ifs This isn’t horror, but it is really messed up. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Another excellent novel from Kanae Minato.

The first person accounts give the readers a look into each of the characters’ mindsets.

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Also, shows the immature mind of middle schoolers, how they think and expect everyone else to react exactly a they thought.

The novel is only pages long and easily read in one sitting. No one is likable. It kept grossing and became the highest grossing film for 4 consecutive weeks in June. Retrieved 19 December May 08, Jokoloyo rated it really liked it. I’m definitely going to check out more of Kanae Minato’s works! I will do a very vague summary of the book so as not to ruin it for others. Her hair-raising methods of exacting revenge, which ostensibly start with cartons of healthful, calcium-rich milk injected with HIV-infected blood and then escalate into more frightening and effective stratagems of psychological manipulation, are made even scarier by the terrible calm with which she executes and describes them.

But each account is different and important, and each one helps the reader to see things from a whole new angle. Archived from the original on 29 September However, in a speech at the end of term, the teacher relates the story of what happened that day and of how two students in the class are guilty of her murder… This is a literary mystery.