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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What sets the book different is the plot which is written in the first person account with very few dialogues, in the form of a teacher’s lecture or somebody’s diary extract.

And when that realization comes on the very first page, as it does in Kanae Minato’s “Confessions” a nasty little masterpiece published in English translation for the first time since it became a best-selling literary sensation in Minato’s home country of Japan six years agothe effect must be something like being minafo. I’ll admit I am a purist of sorts, I like my books to be tangible.

It’s a novel I’ll think about for a very long time. Firstly I would never have come across this book if it wasn’t for a friend here on Good reads who’s review encouraged me to read this wonderful novel.

This is a great dark and twisted tale about a teacher whose daughter ends up drowning in a pool near the school. Resistance to the novel’s narrative momentum is futile; I read it in a single sitting Other Reviews in this Issue.

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In some ways the book reminded me of the Columbine massacre in the U. Of Monsters and Men. I can’t find any version of it anywhere. For those who enjoy first person narration by various characters, this book is for you.


Resistance to the novel’s narrative momentum is futile; I read it in a single sitting, borne on a wave of dread as it billowed briskly toward its shocking, if arguably inevitable, conclusion.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. The characters are as twisted as the plot. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Refresh and try again. The story is told in rotating voices including culprit A, culprit B, the mother of one of the perpetrators, another classmate, and Moriguchi.

Unfortunately Japanese thrillers are less popular in English literature world. The premise is simple: Similarly, the killers in ‘Confessions’ appear to be under-the-radar sociopaths.

If you are a reader who wants an emotional story and characters that you can relate to, then skip this one. As the screen darkens, Moriguchi chuckles and says, “just kidding. Aug 27, Dianne rated it really liked it Shelves: Books like Confessions can make you vibrate with happiness.

Rediscovering the WLT Archives by. However, to his surprise, the bomb does not go off during the ceremony. 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 confessins sometimes return it in kind, twisted and magnified 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.

Arctic Summer Damon Galgut. No trivia or quizzes yet. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation.

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You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again. I love complex and dislikable characters, so be warned this book is not for readers who are looking kahae loveable characters. I will read that one after I calm down from reading Confessions.


In addition, it seems like poor parenting was a mnato influence on the events of the story, along with the pressure to achieve academic success – demonstrated by the number of Japanese students who attend ‘cram school’ after regular classes.


Kwnae a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The whole writing style had me agog, delirious, had confewsions gleefully wanting more and more, to just keep going and not stopping at all. 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. The police arrest him for the murder.

Anecdotally it certainly seems to be the case. I couldn’t have been further from the truth. Clnfessions want you to believe that somewhere in this wide world there is a place for you, a safe haven.

A gut-wrenching thrill-ride with clean, high-impact language.

But for me, all that stuff made it super authentic. Every major character had mother issues of some kind. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. The most delightfully evil book you’ll read this year.

This is the story of the death of a 4 year old girl that was minatoo an accident. The Devotion of Suspect X: This one was an ingenious revenge novel full of unlikable characters, twisted familial relationships and a bang-up surprise ending.

What you get is an incredible insight into how they think, and ultimately it makes you wonder if you ever really know somebody.