A Novel

Book - 2014
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"After calling off her engagement in wake of a tragic revelation, Yūko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yūko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that upends 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 explores 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 danger"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2014.
Edition: First English language edition.
ISBN: 9780316200929
Characteristics: 234 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen


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Jan 23, 2019

Wow! What a refreshing book. At first I didn't like the change in narration but by the end of the book I thought it was really well done. I liked all the twists of the book. My favorite part of this book was when the teacher was narrating. Some of the names were difficult for me to follow at first but that was my own ignorance. Not many books can make my jaw actually drop but this was one of them. I had to call my boyfriend immediately after finishing this book and tell him it was amazing.

Jan 18, 2017

A teachers revenge on her students...the execution of a puzzle fitting together...its twisty and
turney and unexpected....brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jun 22, 2016

Wow. Couldn't stop reading this from the moment I picked it up.

The book starts off with a teachers retirement speech, and the revelation that her child drowned in the swimming pool. But it was not an accident...

From that moment on, Minato takes the reader through six different persepctives - six different lives that are involved in the story, from pupil to teacher, to mother, to accomplice...

I was kept guessing until the very end. This is usually not my kind of book, but it was just so incredibly well written and easy to read, that despite the nightmare-inducing subject matter, I couldn't put it down. Incredible.

Apr 28, 2015

Very interesting story

Mar 05, 2015

The synopsis of the story in the previous opinion of the critics short descriptions are very good. I would however like to add that the problems outlined in the story are universal and not just something experienced in Japanese society. This novel would be great reading for any parent and something we can all learn from. I enjoyed it and read it very quickly because I had to find out the ending. I highly recommend this novel.

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