My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the Author:
Kanae Minato (born 1973) is a Japanese writer of crime fiction and thrillers. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of Japan and the Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan.
Publication Year: 2008
‘Confessions’ revolves around the revenge plot contrived by a middle school teacher Yuko Moriguchi. Her four-year daughter Manami accidentally dies on the school grounds but on further investigation, she learns it wasn’t an accident. Heartbroken, she decides to resign but during her last lecture to the class, she reveals the truth about the incident and sets in motion a plan to avenge her daughter. The story showcases the lives of the people in the aftermath of her confession.
‘Confessions’ is one of the most unique and twisted psychological thrillers I’ve read. It was such a page-turning experience! The story was narrated by different characters which provide a fresh narrative to the story and reveals more information. So what we learn in the beginning gets completely amended as we learn in detail about the incident and the motivation of the characters. The narration was sharp and devoid of emotions. Once I started reading, I just couldn’t put it down!
“Weak people find even weaker people to be their victims. And the victimized often feel that they have only two choices: put up with the pain or end their suffering in death. But they’re wrong. The world you live in is much bigger than that. If the place in which you find yourself is too painful, I say you should be free to seek another, less painful place of refuge. There is no shame in seeking a safe place. I want you to believe that somewhere in this wide world there is a place for you, a safe haven.”
It’s a dark story about dysfunctional families, obsession, cruelty, the quest for love, the quest for revenge. When we think about children, we always picture them as some kind of sweet and innocent beings but this book shows just how much of cruelty they are capable of and are able to get away with. It also highlights the role of the family, society, and environment in shaping them. The story is unpredictable and full of twists and is topped off with an unexpected ending!
All in all, I enjoyed this book. If you’re looking for a good Japanese psychological thriller, then go for it!