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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Confessions by Kanae Minato. 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 Her pupils killed her daughter.

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. 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 harm’s way.

You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again. Paperbackpages. Published August 19th by Mulholland Books first published August 5th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Confessionsplease sign up. Helen Cui Yeah, it was based off a book. Has anyone been able to find the film [in English]? I can’t find any version of it anywhere.

Review: ‘Confessions’ by Kanae Minato

Amy I’d also be interested to find it! See 2 questions about Confessions…. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, karen rated it liked it Shelves: View all 20 comments. Jun 07, Carol rated it liked it Shelves: Brilliantly constructed, but pointless. I’m disappointed given the volume of buzz kanas strong recommendations for this novel.

Still, Confessions is original and offers a sterling and surprising ending. View all 22 comments. Jul 07, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Yuko Moriguchi has chosen to retire from teaching after her young daughter drowned in a pool. As a single mother, the death hit hard and Moriguchi faces her students one final time to deliver an end of year lecture.

During this final address, she admits that the death of her daughter was no accident and that two students are responsible, choosing not to reveal them to the class.

She has taken it upon herself to exact a form of revenge, even after the police ,inato the death an accident. What follows is a telling of the events through the eyes of many, each with their own truths and revelations.


The students, parents, and Moriguchi herself are touched by these perspectives, which enrich the revenge and leave everyone a little more vulnerable to the truth. Those who love a thriller with many hidden revelations will enjoy this and need not worry about the translation, as it keeps a seamless narrative. While this book is apparently an international sensation, I had not heard about it.

I am glad I scrolled through my local library and found it, which has fit nicely into the end of my holiday reading period. Minato does well in presenting this piece, which allows the reader to see the story particularly the crime through the eyes of many characters, thereby offering motives and enriching the greater story. Yuko Mlnato is an interesting character, given the first opportunity to tell her version of events.

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The reader is likely locked into this truth through the long opening chapter and their beliefs are only then shaped by subsequent characters, all of whom twist events slightly to their favour while peppering the narrative with new facts. The various perspectives are strong and depict the differences in age, mentality, and ability of those given the narrative reins, which can force a reader to relax their preconceived notions.

The story is not like anything I have read before, both because of its Japanese-influenced references and individualised approach to the subject matter. This is unlike many thrillers, English and translated alike, that I have read, proving both refreshing and mind-cramping. Kudos, Madam Minato, for such a thought-provoking novel. Full of the criminal element and personal angst, Minatto can see why you received such literary praise.

An ever-growing collection of others appears confession View all 21 confessjons. That was as much as I need to know about confessiojs novel in order for it to engage my interest.

Firstly I would never have come across this book if it wasn’t for a friend here on Good reads who’s review encouraged me to read this wonderful novel. I really enjoyed this story of revenge by Japanese writer Kanae Minato and found myself intrigued by the happenings in this Japanese school.

I listened to this book and ninatoHer pupils murdered her daughter, she will have her revenge I listened to this book and the chapters ninato narrated in alternating voices and I enjoyed the narrator very much. This is a dark and disturbing novel that had lots of unexpected twists and turns to keep the reader interested.

The writing is simplistic and yet the author manages to captivate her readers with an imaginative and entertaining plot.

I love complex and dislikable characters, so be warned this book is not for readers who are looking for loveable characters. For a short novel this one really packs a punch and I will recommend this one to many of my friends. I think readers who enjoyed like Defending Jacob may enjoy this one.

View all 19 comments. This is a book I would recommend to everyone! The twists and the turns were incredible. Nearly every twist and turn knocked me off my feet and that is SO rare as I predict so many twists in thrillers and mystery books.


I’m not going to say anything to give the story itself away because I don’t want to ruin it. Writing – 4 Stars. Execution – 5 Stars. This book was almost perfect. Things dropped off a teeny bit in the middle of the story but the ending completely made up for it. It just was so thought out and everything fit together so well too.

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She’s definitely not your run of the mill author, she’s insanely talented and a natural writer and storyteller. View all 7 comments. May 08, Jokoloyo rated it really liked it. This novel is an unreliable multiple first person POV epistolary thriller debut novel view spoiler [well, there are 2 chapters that are confessons epistolary-like hide spoiler ]. These stories have dark tragic plots and voices, I stopped expecting truly happy-ending.

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The Confessions is one of those novels, and with relatively shorter length than previous Japanese thrillers that I’ve read, this novel keep This novel is an unreliable multiple first person POV epistolary thriller debut novel view spoiler [well, there are 2 chapters that are not epistolary-like hide spoiler ].

The Confessions is one of those novels, and with relatively shorter length than previous Japanese thrillers that I’ve read, this novel keeps the tense stable. The first chapter is a must read, a strong point of the story, a closing speech by the Moriguchi-sensei to her class.

Even the movie adaptation made the strong dark atmosphere for the entire first chapter scene: I still found this novel as a debut. The first chapter is an excellent short story by itself, but from second chapter to last chapter felt as later additions to make the novel length story. The reward for reading second chapters and beyond are not as quick as reading confesslons first chapter.

Although I can safely said, the last chapter kqnae is worth the reading effort. I was tempted to rate this book 5 star, due to first and last chapter. View all 11 comments. Moreover it revolves around bunch of adolescent school kids who can be malignant and contemptible to another level. Unfortunately Japanese thrillers are less popular in English literature world. I read Penance before this and jumped straight to this book, both of them follow same pattern long chapters of first person narratives.

In this case, Confessions. View all 6 comments. I came across this book by accident, when I read a review on Goodreads. It intrigued me enough to download it and I was immediately hooked. The novel begins with a teacher telling her students that she is resigning from middle school. A single mother to a four year old daughter, her students believe she is leaving because of a terrible tragedy, which saw her little girl found dead confeszions the school pool.