Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato

Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato

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 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.

I LOVED this book from the getgo. It just completely sucks you in. It’s not a long book at all, but Confessions takes you on a rollercoaster ride, and when you get to that final page, you hop off the ride and you feel like you haven’t quite gotten your feed under you yet.

Confessions starts off with.. well a confession. A big one, from your teacher no less. On the very last day of school. From there we follow her students as they go through their next year of school together. We see how two students in particular that were part of her confession are faring as the year goes on.

The twists and turns are totally unexpected. There is so much depth and yet Minato’s wording is so sparse and elegant. She doesn’t waste one word of her tale. I found it so compelling that if my iPad’s battery hadn’t been left off at 5 percent, I would’ve finished it in one night. Completely unable to put it down. Even then, I found myself thinking about it until I was finally able to pick it up the next night and finish.

Confessions is one book you’re going to be grabbing everyone you know to read. It’s about consequences. Revenge. How far will people go to get revenge, to seek the consequences they feel other people deserve. And how far is too far? What about those who end up suffering who had nothing to do with the original incident?

It totally makes you think. And think some more. Confessions is a relatively short read, but so much happens that it feels like it was longer – in the best way possible. This is one ending you won’t forget! Highly recommended for anyone who loves mystery and suspense. This will probably end up being my favorite of the month – and probably one of my favorites for this year!


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  1. Oh darn! I could have picked this up at Comic Con but I didn’t. It sounds awesome! I am seriously considering buying it:-)
    Tammy recently posted..Tammy’s Top Ten Books I Want to Read, But Don’t Own (Yet!)

  2. “You’re killing me smalls” ;). This sounds so fantastic, and your review yet again makes the book sound even more fantastic. That was an awesome review. I cannot wait to read it! Thanks

  3. Gah! I wanted to read this one over the weekend and didn’t have a chance. Maybe this weekend…
    Becky LeJeune recently posted..Imitation by Heather Hildenbrand

  4. This sounds fantastic! I love books like this and this one sounds very promising. 😀


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