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by Mulholland Books, 14 August 2014. ISBN: 978-1-444-73245-0
On Yuko Moriguchi’s last day of
teaching school, she decided to tell her pupils why she’s leaving. It’s not
completely because of the tragic death of her four-year-old daughter in the
school pool; it’s because the two child-killers are in the classroom, listening
to her. But her revenge soon spins out of control ...
elegantly-crafted thriller keeps you hooked from the first page. It’s
constructed as a series of confessions by people who are given nicknames, ‘The
Saint’, ‘The Martyr’ and so on, so that you only gradually realise who the
speaker is, and what part each played in Moriguchi’s daughter’s death. The
theme of the novel is how society reacts to murder committed by juveniles;
Moriguchi is critical of this in her opening ‘confession’, and we are gradually
shown the motivation of the criminals.We don’t sympathise with them, but we learn to understand them. The
characterisation is vividly done, and while these Japanese teenagers lead a
life very different to ours, we can identify with their emotions.Although you know what happened from the
start, there are a number of surprises, and the book ends with a beauty of a
final twist. The film reflects the plot and mood very well, although it ends
with a contradictory last sentence.
crafted, full of insight into the characters, and an interesting meditation on
a topical theme. Highly recommended.
Kanae Minatowas born 1973 in Innoshima Japan. She started writing
in her thirties. Her first novel Confessions became a bestseller and won
the Japanses Booksellers Award.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.