Confessions (Paperback)

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By Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
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Professor Moriguchi knows that two of her middle school students
were somehow involved in the death of her four-year-old daughter,
Manami. On the last day of school, she confesses to having laced
their milk with AIDS-infected blood in an act of revenge, then
disappears. The rest of the novel deals with the fallout of her
actions which is relayed via more "confessions" from
involved parties that will shock and disturb even the most stoic of
readers. A haunting debut that was written by a housewife between
household chores!

— Mary


Her pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge.
After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old child, Manami. Now, following an 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 upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a diabolical 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 danger. You'll never look at a classroom the same way again.

About the Author

Kanae Minato is a former home economics teacher and housewife who wrote Confessions, her first novel, between household chores. The book has sold more than three million copies in Japan, where it won several literary awards, including the Radio Drama Award, the Detective Novel Prize for New Writers, and the National Booksellers' Award, and was adapted into an Oscar short-listed film directed by Tetsuya Nakashima. Minato lives in Japan.

Praise For…

"CONFESSIONS is a dark, disturbing tale that twists and turns on itself like an Escher print. Just when you think you know where this thriller is going, Kanae Minato throws back the curtain to reveal another face to the mystery. A Lord of the Flies for the modern world, Minato mines the dark specter of youth, while simultaneously demonstrating some of the deeper perils of our global culture."—Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark Award-nominated author of Cover of Snow

"A dark, dystopic portrait of Japanese adolescence gone wrong. If Albert Camus had written Heathers, it would have looked a lot like this."—Alex Marwood, Edgar Award-nominated author of The Wicked Girls

"Kanae Minato is a brilliant storyteller, and CONFESSIONS is a superb and haunting work. As Minato expertly shifts the perspective from one character to the next, each change in perspective lends a startling new dimension to a gripping and profoundly unsettling tale. It's a novel I'll think about for a very long time."—Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet and Singer's Gun

"Taut, unsettling and relentlessly engaging, CONFESSIONS is a book with claws, in more sense than one. I defy any fan of smart, unconventional crime writing to set this novel aside once they've started it."—Simon Lelic, CWA John Creasey Dagger Award-shortlisted author of A Thousand Cuts

"Don't be fooled by the hypnotic beauty of Kanae Minato's prose. As the characters in CONFESSIONS are stripped of their secrets, the novel reveals its audacious dark heart. A pitch-perfect, riveting read."—Hilary Davidson, Anthony Award-winning author of The Damage Done and Evil in All Its Disguises

"Brilliantly original and chilling."—David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of Murder as a Fine Art

"It's time to unretire all of those back-of-the-book words that lost their meaning over the years-unputdownable, riveting, searing. CONFESSIONS is some uncanny kind of tour de force, and everyone should read it."—Charles Finch, Agatha Award-nominated author of The September Society and The Last Enchantments

"I read this riveting tale of murder, revenge and madness in one sitting, and it took my breath away. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like it. CONFESSIONS will grab you from the first chapter and won't let go until its stunning conclusion. Pick up this book when you have a few hours to read, because you won't be able to put it down."—Wendy Webb, author of The Vanishing and The Tale of Halcyon Crane

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316200929
ISBN-10: 0316200921
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: August 19th, 2014
Pages: 234
Language: English