“Confessions” by Kanae Minato // Book Review

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Her pupils killed her daughter. Now, she will have her revenge.

After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking 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 will upend everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge. 

 

“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 lives 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.”

 

I loved this novel, but really loved it and it had been a while, I was beginning to despair.

The novel is quite short, about 200 pages (at least in English), so it’s quite difficult to give an opinion without a spoiler. Because personally, I started without knowing what I was going to read, without reading the summary, I only knew it was a story about revenge …

A really good revenge!!!

The story is extremely well built. Everything coincides, everything makes sense, it’s a real treat to read.

The book is divided into several parts. Each part is told from a different point of view. And the first part, which is in fact the speech given by Moriguchi Manami (the teacher who decides to retire after the death of her daughter) is really amazing. I did not see it coming, I was not expecting that.

In short, as I do not want to spoil the story and therefore the surprise of discovering it by yourself I prefer to stop my review by advising you very, very, very strongly to read this book. A big favorite !

 

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