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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Published August 19th by Mulholland Books first published August 5th When Yuko Moriguchi’s four year old daughter, Manami is found dead on the school grounds where she works she weaves a final tale for her class about the real events of that day, concluding with the revealing of her revenge against the wrongdoers who are some of her students.

His mother Yoshino Kimuraafter spotting the hidden malicious messages in well-wishes cards from Naoki’s classmates, realizes her son was somehow involved with an earlier cofessions. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Buy the selected items together This item: 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. I enjoy Japanese mysteries. This site uses cookies. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I want you to believe that somewhere in this wide world there is a place for you, confessins safe haven. Minato lives in Japan. For those who enjoy first person narration by various characters, this book is for you.


This page was last edited on 9 Decemberat She’s just such a headstrong person, confident, so sure of whatever stances she took. So glad I did, this book was brilliant. Retrieved 18 February The writing is simplistic and yet the author manages to captivate her readers with an imaginative and imnato plot.

Review: ‘Confessions’ by Kanae Minato

Her hair-raising methods of exacting confessios, 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, confedsions made even scarier by the terrible calm with which she executes and describes them.

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. Because crazy pants, did I mention? I do not want to be a confesaions. Best Foreign Language Film. In it was adapted into a film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again. Her daughter was later found drowned in a school swimming pool. View all 6 comments.

However the truth is more complicated. That was as much as I need to know about this novel in order for it to engage my interest. Lists with This Book.

View all 3 comments. May 07, Kaora rated it really liked it.

I still found this novel as a debut. Once you’ve read it, I think you need to spread the word. Two students murdered the daughter of their teacher and she takes revenge. This book did not disappoint by any means and the way it flowed into issues with the law and society confessionz Japan and showed how that played out with the events occurring in the book was seamless.


Amazon Confeseions Stream millions of songs. But what I really loved was how each and every one of them were wrong about the others, how they incorrectly guessed each other’s motives.

Learn how your comment data is processed. No one is likable. So much crazy pants. Mar confessiins, Trudi rated it liked it Shelves: Yuko Moriguchi is an interesting character, given the first opportunity to tell her version of events.

Those who love a thriller with many hidden revelations will enjoy this and need not worry about the translation, as it keeps a seamless narrative.

That’s why the surprises within actually surprised me, but to be honest I was expecting that, for the book to pleasantly surprise me which it did aplenty.

Indeed, the only disappointment is the rather neatly rushed ending.

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And there’s a movie! What happens next is twisted and goes into the darkest part of human nature that keeps you enthralled in the story.

View all 25 comments. What you get is an incredible insight into how they think, and ultimately it makes you wonder if you ever really know somebody. I won’t be forgetting it anytime soon.