BOOK REVIEW: Confessions – by Kanae Minato

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Title: Confessions
Author: Kanae Minato
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
First published: August 5th 2008
Finished reading: January 28th 2016
Pages: 240
(Originally written in Japanese: “告白”)
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“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.”

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I always like reading foreign literature, both books written in foreign languages and stories set in different countries. I have a thing for languages and love traveling, and when I saw the English translation of Confessions by Kanae Minato I thought it was the perfect way to introduce myself further to the Japanese literature. This read is without doubt both intriguing, disturbing and dark at the same time. It took me a while to get into the story, but as soon as I started the second chapter (and confession), I was hooked. The story is told in the form of a bunch of confessions of different characters that play a role in the circumstances around the death of Yuko’s daughter Manami. Like I said, the first confession (told by Yuko herself) wasn’t the best, but the other confessions made up for it. Kanae Minato found a perfect way to build tension in her story and I definitely really didn’t see the ending coming. The characters and their development are intriguing and once you get used to the writing style it’s hard to stop reading. Through the voices of Yuko (the teacher), Mizuki (one of the classmates), Naoki’s mother, Naoki and Shuya you slowly get an idea of what really happened and trust me, you will be surprised in the ending. Recommended if you like the genre!

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Yuko Moriguchi ended up raising her daughter alone after her engagement was broken off because her fiancee discovered he had a terminal disease. She is a middle school teacher and she seems to have adapted her life good enough, until the unfortunate day she brings her young daughter to the school she teaches again. Manami has an accident on the grounds of the middle school and drowns in the pool. It is declared an accident, but Yuko knows better… And she is determined to make those responsible pay. Yuko resigns as a teacher, but not before telling her class first the story of what she thinks really happened that day and afterwards that she gave the two classmates responsible for her daughter’s death milk mixed with the infected blood of Manami’s father… Telling them that they will be sick as well.  What will happen to the two classmates and will Yuko find her revenge?

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I’ve kept the summary short to avoid any spoilers, because Confessions has some crazy plot twists and an ending you most likely won’t see coming. It is a dark and disturbing read that will definitely leave you wanting for a light read afterwards… But if you don’t mind reading shocking but intriguing confessions, I would definitely recommend this novel by Kanae Minato. It may take some time to get a feel for the story, but it is worth the try!

The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge Update Post

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The Girly Geek Blog is hosting another yearly Bookish Bingo Challenge, and as soon as I saw her post I knew I had to join. Sign ups are open all the way to November, so feel free to check out her post The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge if you want to participate as well!

This post will be my place to keep track of my progress with this challenge… Updated monthly or so.

>> Last updated September 22nd 2016 <<

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  1. A book with a noun in its title. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  2. MYSTERY MISSION #1: Read a book featuring your dream career. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  3. A book on a bestseller list. Mr. Kiss And Tell by Rob Thomas
  4. A book you DNF’ed or forgot to finish. Eve by Iris Johansen
  5. A book by an author under 25. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings (24!)
  6. A retelling of a folk or fairy tale. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  7. A book set within the entertainment industry. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
  8. A debut novel. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  9. A book featuring a conspiracy. The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall
  10. A book that is being made into a movie. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  11. A book featuring strong familial relationships. One by Sarah Crossan
  12. A book featuring sleuthing or crime-solving. Dead Wood by Dan Ames
  13. MYSTERY MISSION #2: Read a book translated from another language. The Reader On The 6.27 – by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
  14. A book with stars on its cover. All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  15. A graphic novel, comic book or picture book. Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson
  16. MYSTERY MISSION #3. Read a book featuring royalty: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  17. A book that features an unlikely friendship. A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  18. FREE SPACE! Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  19. A book featuring an asian or african MC. Confessions by Kanae Minato
  20. The third book in a series or trilogy. Never Never Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
  21. A book published in your birth month. (march) Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall
  22. A book with alternating perspectives. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
  23. A book over 500 pages long. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  24. A book set outside of Earth. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
  25. MYSTERY MISSION #4. –
  26. An e-book or listen to an audiobook. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
  27. A book with a number in its title. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  28. A book featuring political espionage. Death Of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood
  29. A book that a friend loved. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
  30. A book you’ve owned for over a year. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  31. A book featuring mental ilness or disability. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. MYSTERY MISSION #5.
  33. A book featuring a murder or assassination. Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson
  34. A short story or a novella. Bestiario by Julio Cortázar
  35. A book featuring angels or faeries. Daugher Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Currently 33 out of 35 squares completed.