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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She tells a story that upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a diabolical plot for revenge. Learn how your comment data is processed.

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The first chapter is a must read, a strong point of the story, a closing speech by the Moriguchi-sensei to her class. As he tries to work out what has happened, he receives a call from Moriguchi, who says that she has relocated kanqe bomb to his mother’s office. Where Confessions succeeds is in its layered construction—revealed slowly and, often, surprisingly in each subsequent confession—of the lives and forces that motivate both the killer and the teacher.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. View all 11 comments. Yuko Moriguchi is a single mother and she teaches middle school.

Anecdotally it certainly seems to be the case. She’s just such a headstrong person, confident, so sure of whatever stances she took. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I think readers who enjoyed like Defending Jacob may enjoy this one.


I thought it was an enticing concept when I picked it up, and for the most part, it is. Retrieved 19 December The twists and turns were so unpredictable and unexpected, but not in a way that would render everything nonsensical.


After spending time together, Mizuki eventually confesses to Shuya that she identified the “Lunacy Murder” girl, who poisoned her parents, as her other self. In this case, Confessions. These include Shuya, a seemingly narcissistic boy with a knack for electronics and a masochistic mother fixation, and his more guilt-prone accomplice Naoki, a sort of Japanese Leopold and Loeb who, for reasons that become clear only slowly, murder the beloved 4-year-old daughter of their middle school teacher.

What barriers should there be between teachers and their students? Having revealed their identities, she explained that because the killers, as minors, are protected by the Juvenile Law ofturning them in wouldn’t make a difference. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. View all 21 comments. Amy I’d also be interested to find it!

Review: ‘Confessions’ by Kanae Minato – Chicago Tribune

This is unlike many thrillers, English and translated alike, that I have read, proving both refreshing and mind-cramping. 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.

The way the characters talk, the way they reason, the things they do The Puterbaugh Fellow by. I listened to this book and the chapters are narrated in alternating voices and I enjoyed the narrator very much. I wanted to read another Japanese horror story but with the real monsters this time.

Still, Confessions is original and offers a sterling and surprising ending. Apparently this phenomenon is not uncommon in Japan and some experts speculate that there are over one million hikkomori in the country.

Minato lives in Japan. Other, the author is a former teacher herself.

Arctic Summer Damon Galgut. The murderers each narrate a section, as does the class president, and the older sister of one of the murderers. This novel condessions an unreliable multiple first person POV epistolary thriller debut novel view spoiler [well, there are 2 chapters kamae are not epistolary-like hide spoiler ].


She tells a story that upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a diabolical plot for revenge. The true revenge revealed.

Moriguchi reveals that because the HIV-positive biological father of her daughter Manami was ill, she used to bring Manami Mana Ashida to school with her. I can’t wait to watch it! English Choose a language for shopping. She explains that it is her ultimate revenge, to let Shuya’s mother die by his own hands, but his redemption would now begin.

The twists and the turns were incredible. All the questions this novel posed. Despite their ultimate amorality, the characters at the heart of The Dinner are fascinating and the moral dilemma is worth exploring, even as one prefers a world where the protagonists reach a different conclusion about the value of revenge or of pre-emptive strikes as a basis for personal or state actions.

Not that Yuko’s are the only maternal instincts gone wild here. She decides to commit murder-suicide to free her son and herself from torment, but in the ensuing struggle, Naoki kills her. Books like Confessions can make you vibrate with happiness.

These stories have dark tragic plots and voices, I stopped expecting truly happy-ending. Many Japanese women seem to be translated, more so than other countries perhaps? Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.