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Confessions
Confessions | 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.
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flying_monkeys
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When I finished, I was like, Daaaaaaamn! 😱🤯😨😲🤯

I thought I'd read everything there was to read in the thriller genre. How wrong I was. And the fact that she was a HomeEc teacher when she wrote this!!

I've since checked out another by Minato, Penance, but I'm gonna give myself a week or two before I read it because my brain's still wrinkled from Confessions.

#revenge #iyamisu #DontFwithMoms

Liatrek lol this is wrinkling my brain😊 this on my TBR really hope to get to it soon 5d
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mydearwatson
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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A teacher has a shocking #talk with her students, and everything goes downhill from there.
#julycoldplay @Eggs

Eggs 🤗👏🏻😊👍🏼📚 1w
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LoverofLit
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This book was simplistic in it's storytelling but complex in it's character and plot building. Leaving you feeling sorry for the characters, but also icky for feeling sorry for them. But it has a really smart message wrapped in an eerie package, before you judge someone you don't know anything about, remember it's someone else's life you don't know the inner workings of.
#ReadingWomenChallenge
A mystery by a WOC

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LoverofLit
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Kayla.Adriena 😢 1mo
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rohit-sawant
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Kanae Minato is undoubtedly #BigInJapan, dubbed "The Queen of Iyamisu," a subgenre of mystery that's particularly grim and grisly. Can't wait for more of her works to be translated into English. If you have yet to read her, the tagged book is a great place to start.
#WanderingJune
@Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen This was great!!! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this too. 👍 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one and that other one too. 2mo
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Centique This sounds amazing. I can do grim and I THINK I can do grisly...maybe...as long as it‘s dead things 😳🤞 1mo
Centique I‘m still getting over @Reggie post from a year ago or more about the person getting eaten alive 🤢🤢😂😂😂 1mo
rohit-sawant @Centique Hahaha, I think you'll like this though! It's pretty dark but more than that it's such a twisty page-turner with soild characters. I devoured it within two days or so. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this. 1mo
Reggie @Centique is it weird that I think that coulda been a couple of books. Lol. Also, you were the one who made me read Here Are the Young Men last year. I was traumatized for days! Lol, 😜 1mo
Centique @Reggie ha ha! You‘re right, I‘m incorrigible 😂😂 1mo
Centique @rohit-sawant stacked! 1mo
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Megabooks
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Well, #TheVengeanceFactor is a mediocre episode I hate to love. I don‘t care to admit how many times I‘ve watched it. 😏

But if you want to talk vengeance in books, Confessions is one of my favorites. I‘ve read it twice, and the twists are quite interesting. It made me want to read more Japanese books in translation, which I have started to do!

#StarTrekSummerMay look for June this weekend!

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OnlyYoo
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Mehso-so

On GR I gave this book a 2.5. I just have such conflicting feelings. I really enjoyed the writing style and really getting into the different character‘s heads. I really felt like I was able to understand their different motivations and why they did what they did. With that said, the ending just made me feel super yucky. If that‘s the feeling that the author was going for (which it probably was) then she did a good job. ..

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rohit-sawant
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"No form of revenge could have made me hate you any less. If I had cut the two of you to shreds with a knife, I think I would have hated the little pieces of you just the same."

This was such a page-turner.
#HowFarIllGo (Featured in Moana)
#MayMovieMagic
@Cinfhen

Megabooks I read this book recently on audio. I didn‘t like it as much as print, but it‘s an interesting thriller! 2mo
BarbaraBB Perfect choice! Loved this book! 2mo
Cinfhen This was really disturbing in a good way!! Great pick (edited) 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I enjoyed this book! Look forward to read her other one 2mo
readordierachel Ooh, this sounds chilling! 2mo
gradcat Sounds kind of scary to me! 👀 2mo
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Megabooks
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This worked better for me as a print book rather than an #audiobook. The narrators were good, but it just didn‘t seem to be as thrilling. 3.5⭐️

Pictured is my favorite Paint by Sticker from the travel collection. Tagged in comments.

Now on to Cindy‘s recommendation!

Cinfhen Poster turned out AMAZING 🙌🏻too bad the audio wasn‘t great bc book was really good in print and can‘t wait to hear your thoughts about 3mo
Cathythoughts Great cover 👍🏻✨ 3mo
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Megabooks @Cathythoughts Thank you! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! I just listened to the first chapter last night before bed. So far, it‘s good! 3mo
Reviewsbylola It was a pick for me too but I wasn‘t blown away or anything. 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I thought the twists were a bit odd, but what do I know about Japanese lit? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve only read a few Japanese thrillers and they def all felt a bit different. 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I read Rainbirds from botm. I don‘t remember it well, though. 3mo
Reviewsbylola I def wasn‘t impressed with Rainbirds! 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I guess what I liked about it and confessions is the dark atmosphere, and I remember that in Rainbirds as well. The plot leaves something to be desired, though. Plus, how do people know so little about HIV transmission in Japan??? 3mo
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Megabooks
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I‘m rereading this right now. I vaguely remember the twist, but I‘m still excited. Definitely a lot of rumors! #rumorhasit #anglophileapril

It also reminds me of the Usher song “Confessions, Pt II,” which generally goes through my head while I‘m reading this book! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sy19X0xxrM

Cinfhen This was a great read!!! And USHER ❣️ 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen It‘s a great suspense book!! I thought you might like the Usher incorporation! 😉😁😁 4mo
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Cinfhen Did you say, Usher??Peace up, A-Town down
Yeah, ok, lil' Jon
Yeah, yeah yeah, yeah yeah, yeah
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emilyhaldi Great Usher jam!!! 🕺🏻 Lolol @Cinfhen you‘re cracking me up today 😆 4mo
Mdargusch This was such a creepy book! 4mo
Reviewsbylola This was a pick for me! 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻😎🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi Thanks!! 🤩 3mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch It really is! 😱😱😱 3mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Definitely agree! 3mo
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Stacypatrice
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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This “because-of-Litsy” book did not disappoint! Genuine surprises and an easy to read flow. Thank you @jillannjohn for sending me this curveball of a book 📚💥

jillannjohn Glad you liked it! 4mo
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Stacypatrice
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Happy Saturday to all the readers, writers, and dreamers ☀️

#coffeefirst #saturdaylove

ShyBookOwl 🦉❤ 4mo
Slajaunie Cute!💚 4mo
Gissy Love that art prints! I need to read those boks😂🤣 4mo
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ladym30 Love this print❤️ 4mo
SW-T Love the print! 😊💕 4mo
LaraReads I love this!! 😍😍☕️📚☕️😍😍 4mo
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fleeting
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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WOW. Welcome to the darkest recesses of the human mind. One murder, each chapter a perspective of someone involved. A lot of cruel mind games, a lot of questions on morality. What is good and evil, why do people commit crimes, who deserves to be punished, and who has the right to mete out punishment? Quite impressive.

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Hoopiefoot
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Took a 4 hour break to run, now back to reading!

saresmoore I‘m reading this, too. It‘s wonderfully weird! 6mo
Hoopiefoot @saresmoore That‘s the perfect description for it! 6mo
kspenmoll Lovely running landscape! 6mo
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Hoopiefoot
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Starting my #24in48 weekend off with this audiobook.

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fleeting
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Waiting for some friends, so coffee and my current read. I'm on a Japanese mysteries streak, and surprisingly, for a premise so sinister, the teacher/narrator has given so many nuggets of wisdom in just the first few pages.

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m.galehuxley
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Current read. This one is pretty fun so far.

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UnabridgedPod
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Kanae Minato's thriller builds slowly, beautifully layering narratives and new points of view to complicate and re-situate the narrative. The dual narrators lend authenticity to each perspective, and the twisted minds behind each new twist result in new understandings of the horrors behind each psyche. Excellent thriller and great audio interpretation.⠀

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jillannjohn
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This doesn‘t include the stack of books on my cedar chest or the 50 books on my Fire tablet. I have a serious problem! I‘m addicted to thrift shops and used book stores 😮 Anyone else??

jillannjohn And I just sold two boxes of books!! 7mo
Lovesbooks87 Yep! I need to put myself on a book buying ban! 7mo
Melwilk Yes! Thrift store books and Ollie‘s have made my shelves look just like yours 😂 7mo
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TieDyeDude
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I didn't read anything about this, but, based on the cover, I was expecting more of a twisted, single-room thriller. What this is is a series of monologues progressing the story and offering new information regarding the death of a teacher's daughter involving a couple of her students. I didn't know how it would sustain for 7 hours, but I enjoyed the slow burn.

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Effischer
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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A few stolen moments for myself this beautiful Saturday morning

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Nute
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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This book came home with me tonight. After listening to James Taylor and Carole King music on the drive home, I‘m not sure that I can get into the right mindset for it....but, maybe...it seems to have captured the attention of many Littens, and fared well. I guess I‘ll give it a go.

Megabooks I hope you enjoy it 🤞🏻 9mo
Readage I enjoyed it!! 9mo
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Megabooks
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Pickpick

Wow! I‘ve never read one quite like this. I didn‘t even mind the lack of dialogue. What I really loved was the slow reveal - a new detail/horror each chapter. Plus the book is really engaging. I‘ll never look at milk cartons the same again. 5⭐️

zzz This sounds wicked 9mo
Megabooks @Jen_is_always_reading It is! I definitely recommend it! 9mo
LibrarianIn3B Very intriguing. Definitely adding to my TBR pile. 9mo
Megabooks @LibrarianIn3B I hope you enjoy it! 😊👍🏻 9mo
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Megabooks
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Thanks to @Reviewsbylola in a previous post for reminding me of this book. I bought it over a year ago and haven‘t read it yet. I need a break from reading on my iPad. Hopefully it will move quickly. I‘m looking for a book that‘s engaging and quick. Will this fit the bill??

Henry‘s already asleep in the background. He‘s going to a new groomer tomorrow. 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

JacqMac I read his one in one sitting. I‘d say it fits. 9mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 9mo
Ddzmini Hum confessions of what 👀😳🤷‍♀️ 9mo
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Megabooks @JacqMac @BarbaraBB you‘re right! I am moving through it quickly. 9mo
Megabooks @Ddzmini murder! It‘s a Japanese thriller. 🔪🔪 9mo
anujabobe Looking forward to your review of this book! 9mo
Reviewsbylola You‘ll enjoy this one I think! 9mo
Megabooks @anujabobe Thanks! 👍🏻 9mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Great! I‘m liking it so far 😁 9mo
pppooraikul Oh, it‘ll end sooner than you think. 😉 9mo
Megabooks @pppooraikul I‘m intrigued. I‘m about to pick it up again. 9mo
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🤣 9mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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You guys! You know who is the best???

@Cinfhen

Your kindness has made me verklempt, Cindy!

😘😘😘

Cinfhen Yay!!!! So glad you got it🧡BUT you‘re the best😘😘😘 10mo
TrishB She is 😘 10mo
Cinfhen Now go read 10mo
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Cinfhen Thanks @TrishB you know how I feel about you....and guess what?. 10mo
Cinfhen I got a little slip in my mail box today ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ @TrishB (edited) 10mo
Kalalalatja She really is 💕 10mo
Cinfhen I sent u something too @Kalalalatja the same day I mailed @MicheleinPhilly you should hopefully be receiving a book from me too 😘😘 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen If you look closely at the upper left hand corner of the photo, you can see a certain someone sniffing that divine pendant. 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen yay 😀 fingers crossed it‘s mine! 10mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! I didn‘t notice Pickles!! 10mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen She thinks EVERYTHING is for her (it usually is). 10mo
LeahBergen How lovely! 10mo
tammy_sue Fabulous package! 10mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen Woohoo I‘m so excited! 💕👏 10mo
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TorieStorieS
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This is my last #Booked2018 read for this quarter and I‘m so thankful that so many of you Littens had already checked the #JapaneseThriller off your list! I thoroughly enjoyed this disturbing and tightly written book! I found this to be another one that I couldn‘t just #AudioColor to but tried to listen to at every opportunity!

Cinfhen Way to go!!! I bet the audio was great!! Tagging @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 10mo
TorieStorieS It was the perfect format!! Thanks again for setting up this fun challenge, @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft❣️❣️❣️ 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks for the tag! @TorieStorieS Hey, I don‘t have your choices marked for all the prompts from this season. Would you please double check your reviews and make sure you‘ve tagged the challenge and the hosts in all of them? I want to be sure we‘ve given you all the drawing entries we should. Thanks! 😍 10mo
TorieStorieS @BarbaraTheBibliophage Just made a summary post! 😊 Thanks for the reminder!!! 😄 10mo
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UCLAoso
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Dark, twisty revenge story. It is told from multiple POVs so you learn the motivations of all main players. Sooo good!!!

RaimeyGallant Sounds great. 10mo
UCLAoso @RaimeyGallant 🙌🏼 10mo
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Reviewsbylola
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I‘m a bit sick of thrillers, so I‘m glad this was a bit different. We know the crime and the culprits straight off the bat, but Minato takes times to lay out the psychological aspects and motivations of all the involved characters. It was fascinating to watch everything unfold. #bathandbook #japanesethriller #booked2018

Ava_Black Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the concise recommendation! 10mo
Cinfhen Great review ~ glad u enjoyed 🤗I'm excited to try 10mo
BarbaraBB We read and finished it at the same time. Great review, it‘s an unconventional thriller indeed 💜 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked this one. 10mo
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BarbaraBB
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Five narrators tell their story, with no fuss and no emotion. Teacher Moriguchi sets the tone by telling her students about her daughter‘s murder and her revenge. The other confessions follow and where the story ends is a complete surprise after a lot of dark and chilling twists.
Just as in Penance, I love Minato‘s style.

#Booked2018 #SetAtSchool

Cinfhen I like your use of prompts!!! I'm looking forward to reading 10mo
Cinfhen Great summary 😁 10mo
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Mdargusch
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This is my first Japanese thriller and it did not disappoint! I give it all the 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟! Thank you @Cinfhen for drawing it to my attention. It is the best use of multiple POV‘s I think I‘ve read. Twist after twist and twisted mind after twisted mind had me guessing until the end. This is especially good as an audiobook with each character being read by a different person.

#booked2018 #japanesethriller

Cinfhen Ooooh!!! Yay!!!! So glad you liked it and now I‘m disappointed that I didn‘t try the audio. 10mo
LeahBergen This was such a freaky read. 👍🏻 10mo
AlaMich @Cinfhen This sounds intriguing, but is it hard to follow on audio? 10mo
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emilyhaldi Wow so you liked it even WITH multiple POVs! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
Mdargusch Not at all @AlaMich since each chapter is only one POV. So there are very few chapters and each one is that narrators take on the murder. @emilyhaldi (edited) 10mo
AlaMich @Mdargusch ok, I‘ll have to check it out. Thanks! 10mo
BarbaraBB This sounds great! I am going to read it for #Booker2018 #Setatschool. For #JapaneseThriller I read and loved Kanae Minato‘s 10mo
Mdargusch Perfect choice @BarbaraBB 10mo
Reviewsbylola Now I‘m super excited to read it!! 10mo
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Cinfhen
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This book was dark, twisted & oh so crooked!! Each chapter revealed a new layer of confession that unraveled such a sinister plot. A one sitting read that did not disappoint #JapaneseThriller

emilyhaldi Yay!!! I‘m going to give this one a try if Six Four doesn‘t work for me... 😉 10mo
Tanisha_A Oh the bookmark! 😍 10mo
TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 10mo
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MirrorMask That's good to hear! I'm using it for #Booked2018 10mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! 10mo
Cinfhen I read the first chapter and was feeling meh, but then I read chapter 2 and I was completely hooked @emilyhaldi @TrishB @Kalalalatja @MirrorMask and my bookmark was a gift from a friend who stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong @Tanisha_A its stunning ❣️❣️❣️ 10mo
sprainedbrain Loved this one!! 10mo
Cinfhen It was your review which convinced me to finally read this book @sprainedbrain now I want to read 10mo
sprainedbrain @Cinfhen I‘m definitely going to read more of her books. 😃 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm This was good, I want to read Penance, too! 10mo
ElishaLovesBooks Maybe I should read this one! 10mo
rohit-sawant One of my favorites! Glad to hear you liked it. 10mo
Cinfhen Have u read any of her other books @rohit-sawant ??? You should read this one @ElishaLovesBooks especially since the MC is a teacher ❤️ I like your new aviator @erzascarletbookgasm 😘 (edited) 10mo
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen I read Minato's Penance, and while it's a great, suspenseful slow burn, heavily focused on characters, which I loved, nothing can top Confessions for me! A while ago, I watched The Snow White Murder Case and Night's Tightrope, both films based on her yet to be translated books and loved them. The Confessions adaptation is great, too. I hope more translations of her work hit the shelves soon! 10mo
TrishB Don‘t buy Penance! I have a copy to pass on 😘 will be on it‘s way soon. 10mo
Cinfhen You‘re THE BEST @TrishB thank you 😘😘 and I had no idea this book was made into a movie @rohit-sawant does the movie have subtitles??? I‘m intrigued 10mo
rohit-sawant @Cinfhen It does! It's really well made and won a bunch of awards and was shortlisted for the Oscars, too. 10mo
Reviewsbylola Ooooh good because I plan on starting this soon!! 10mo
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BiblioNyan
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🥛Told via journal-like entries of multiple POVs.
🥛Breathtakingly candid, spine-tingling, & provocative.
🥛Psychological aspects are pensive & gradual, creating a slow dive into the narrative that‘s compelling.
🥛Complexities of cause-&-effect are explored in ways making it surreal & contemplative.
🥛Motifs in foolhardiness of 1st impressions.
🥛Excellent translation.
🥛BRILLIANT plot twist brings everything together splendidly.
🥛4.5/5.

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Cinfhen
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#BookMail delivered by my son, Eric 💙 so excited as child #2 arrived last night and on Tuesday( please, God) my daughter is coming to Israel too!!! I haven‘t had all 3 kids together in Israel since Dec 2016!!!! It‘ll be the first time in 6 years we are all together for the Jewish New Year 🍎🍯🕊❤️ 🙏🏻 and Im not gonna lie....I‘m pretty excited for these 2 books❣️❣️❣️

JennyM I‘m so happy for you - all your babies home 💕 11mo
LeahBergen How wonderful for you! ❤️ 11mo
Magpiegem I hope you enjoy some wonderful family time together (and your books 😊)! Shanah Tovah Umetukah! 11mo
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Cathythoughts Very excited for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️ 11mo
BookNerd9906 That‘s awesome. And what a sweet boy bringing books home to his momma. ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
TrishB Enjoy 😘💕 fantastic times. Glad you posted The Elementals - that‘s our Halloween read isn‘t it? 11mo
Ms_T Hope you have fantastic family time! 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks!!! I‘m a happy duck @Ms_T @TrishB @BookNerd9906 @Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @JennyM All my little baby chicks home 🐥🐥🐥#lifeIsSweet and Shana Tova to you @Magpiegem ✡️💟☮️ 11mo
Cinfhen Hi @BookNerd9906 I feel like we‘ve been out of touch 🙁hope all is well and u had a wonderful summer 😘 11mo
TrishB Have brought so I‘m ready to go in October, which doesn‘t seem too far away now! 11mo
Kalalalatja How wonderful for you! 💕 and I can‘t wait to see what you think of the tagged book, it sounds intense! 😱 11mo
Cinfhen I know @TrishB October seems around the corner 👻 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Kalalalatja I‘m excited for kiddies & books 📚💕#AllGoodThings 11mo
Centique That‘s so exciting! 😍😍😍 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Centique I can‘t think of a better way to start the Jewish New Year 💕💕💕💕 11mo
AmyG I so understand this. There is nothing like having a full house. What a wonderful new year for you! ❤️ 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @AmyG 💟 11mo
Laura317 How exciting and wonderful for you! 🎉❤️🎉❤️ 11mo
CouronneDhiver Fun! 11mo
Reagan-reads That sounds fun! The Elementals is fantastic! I really liked Confessions. (edited) 11mo
Bklover Awesome! There‘s nothing like having all your kiddos in one place! Enjoy! And I‘m looking forward to the October read of 11mo
Cinfhen Oh that‘s good to know @Reagan-reads 😁 and I‘m looking forward to our October read too @Bklover 👻and thanks for feeling my joy @CouronneDhiver @Laura317 💕 appreciate all your positivity 11mo
BookNerd9906 @Cinfhen yes, I‘ve been out of touch with everyone. It‘s been a crazy summer, two full time jobs. I haven‘t had a day off since May. Fortunately my second job is seasonal, so things will be winding down. Hoping to have a peaceful fall, and reconnect with my #Litsy Family. Miss you! 11mo
emilyhaldi Yay!!! Hoping for your family to be reunited again 🙏🏻❤️ 11mo
BarbaraBB So good to have your familie reunited. Enjoy 💕 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @emilyhaldi @BarbaraBB Niki should be landing in 50 minutes!!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉 11mo
Mdargusch How fun! I hope you all are having the best time together! 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s been great but I‘ve already done 4 loads of laundry after only 36 hours @Mdargusch 😉🙄 11mo
JaclynW How wonderful to have all of your family together again! Enjoy those moments! And what a sweet son to bring a gift of books. 💕 The Elementals is one of my favorite horror stories. 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @JaclynW ❣️❣️❣️we are doing a big group read of The Elementals in October if you‘d like to join us😊 10mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen Yes! Fun! 10mo
Cinfhen Great!!! I‘ll add your name to the list @JaclynW 10mo
JaclynW @Cinfhen Thanks! 10mo
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BiblioNyan
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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I‘m starting this #OwnVoices Japanese thriller today! I‘m SO excited for it. It‘s one of my most-anticipated books.

It follows a teacher who breaks off her engagement after a tragedy of losing her four-year-old daughter. A supposed accident on school grounds causes her to resign as well, as she embarks on a quest to seek vengeance against the students who cost her everything she loved.

Gonna be dark & fucked-up. My favourite!!

#JapaneseLit

Jabberwocky Oof this sounds amazing 11mo
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sprainedbrain
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Pickpick

This was my Japanese thriller for #Booked2018 and it did not disappoint.

Dark, twisty, and totally unique: the story of a teacher‘s revenge after some students murder her daughter, told from 5 different points of view. I thought it was absolutely riveting and read it in less than a day.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

robinb Wow, now that‘s a storyline you don‘t hear every day! 😳😳 11mo
SkeletonKey I enjoyed this one too. 11mo
MirrorMask Thanks!!! I'm planning on reading it for #Booked2018 as well 11mo
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Reggie Wow!!! 11mo
mhillis Great review! I want to read this one!! 11mo
BarbaraBB Sounds perfect. @vivastory recommended this one to me as well after I finished (and loved!) another one by Minato: 11mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraBB I saw that you liked that one. This was my first my her, but I‘m definitely going to read more. 😃 11mo
callielafleur Stacked! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Could you count it for #setatschool also?? That‘d be a sweet double prompt! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I will do that. Hey @Cinfhen — one more for your list! 11mo
Cinfhen I SOOOOOO want to read this book!!! But I‘m confused @BarbaraTheBibliophage we usually don‘t count the same book for more than one prompt!!! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen We don‘t? Okay, then I goofed. Sorry everybody!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 11mo
Cinfhen Sorry to be the meanie!!! Let me just confirm with @4thhouseontheleft 11mo
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IamIamIam
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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🤩Vincent will always be my #1! Chris Evans was the best in The Losers. Who doesn't love Paul Rudd?
☃️ We have 2 ACs!
😴 Crocheting is the best way to unwind!
😱 I'm scared of the dark & being a terrible parent!
👾 I used to have nightmares & I had a weird reoccurring dream for a while. I haven't slept well enough in years to have real dreams!! Lol
Thanks, @MinDea! I stalked #HumpDayPost just for some handsome men before posting!

MinDea 😆😆😆😆😆 12mo
CareBear Paul Rudd 😍😍😍 ever since Clueless! 12mo
IamIamIam @CareBear Same for me!!!! Then as the best Paris in Romeo + Juliet! I almost forgot about Leonardo! 🤣😍😍😍 12mo
GabrielleDubois I mostly have nightmares, but last night I dreamed that it was winter, the neighborhood was white with snow, and my neighbours were cutting all their white roses around their garden (my neighbours don't have white roses and certainly not in winter!), and I asked them if I could have the cut roses, they said certainly because they would through them, so I took bouquets of roses home! 12mo
IamIamIam @GabrielleDubois That sounds like a nice change of pace!!! 12mo
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Kristy_K
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Pickpick

This was a unique and interesting novel, sort of a psychological thriller but really more of an introspective book about a mother who seeks revenge on two of her students who killed her daughter. Told from 5 different perspectives, it looks at the actual event and the aftermath.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

#japan #suspense #contemporary

Notafraidofwords I‘m reading her other one: penance. 12mo
Kristy_K @Notafraidofwords How is that one? 12mo
Notafraidofwords @Kristy_K it‘s not quite as suspenseful as I thought. I never read her before. I‘m half way and I‘m pretty bored. Hoping it picks up soon. 12mo
Kristy_K @Notafraidofwords Yeah I went into this one thinking it would be more suspenseful too. But luckily I still enjoyed it. 12mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Mehso-so

Caught bwt a pick and a so-so on this one. This book is a story of murder and revenge told from 5 different perspectives. While I thought both the beginning and end was brilliant- I felt pretty meh about the middle 😑 Personally I think the author could have told it from the first viewpoint and kept it as a short story 🤷‍♀️
3 🌟

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TheFunkyBookworm
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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The closest thing to NY pizza we‘ve been able to find down here....yummmm 🍕 🍍
Haven‘t gotten much reading done this weekend but hoping to make a dent in this one tonight! 📖

hermyknee Ooooh I LOVED this one! Read it all in one day! 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @hermyknee oh good! Seems like it should be a quick read! 12mo
ElaineHowlin That pizza looks so good 😍 12mo
SpideyBaggins I‘m suddenly very hungry haha. 12mo
ads0123 I read this for a book club and we all really enjoyed it, and we had a great time talking about all the wild stuff that happened!! 12mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Hmm... perhaps this one will start putting me in the back to school mindset 🤔
Magic 8 Ball says: “Outlook not so good”
🤦‍♀️

MicheleinPhilly Back to school??? School just let out! 12mo
Lauram I‘ve been fighting it. 12mo
tjwill @MicheleinPhilly I go back August 1st, and our students on August 8th! 12mo
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TheFunkyBookworm @MicheleinPhilly @Lauram @tjwill crazy right?! I go back on Aug 2nd and the kids start Aug 10th- on a FRIDAY. 🤯 12mo
Lauram I go back 8/8 and kids start 8/13. Anyone else not have AC? My office windows are adjacent to the parking lot. It‘s like sitting in an oven until mid-October. 12mo
Lauram Starting on a Friday is just dumb. 12mo
Clare-Dragonfly What the heck?! In MD they start after Labor Day. As a parent and not a teacher I suppose I will be sorry for that late start once my kid is old enough 😝 12mo
kristincatastrophic My kids go back the 10th also, I don't understand the Friday thing. They changed their open houses to the 8th this year too so I'm going to be scrambling on the 9th for any random supplies they are going to need for whatever electives I don't know they were assigned to yet lol 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @kristincatastrophic 😂 I‘m sure you will be fine waiting til the weekend- our open house is the night before school starts 😱 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Clare-Dragonfly haha we got our Memorial Day weekend so I can‘t complain! 12mo
ashley_o13 Wow! And I have been complaining that my son goes back to school before labor day this year ! He starts Aug 27 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Lauram well we are SUPPOSED to have AC but you know how that goes- every year I pray mine doesn‘t go out bc the district doesn‘t have the money to fix them 🙄 12mo
kristincatastrophic @TheFunkyBookworm Probably but I'm compulsive and work long hours on the weekend but happen to be off every Thursday 12mo
TheFunkyBookworm @ashley_o13 haha you must be from up north! 12mo
ashley_o13 @TheFunkyBookworm yes Philadelphia ! 12mo
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ads0123
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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You better buckle in, gang, because this. Is. One. Wild. Ride. There are several jaw dropping moments, and it really makes you think. If you‘re looking for a book that‘ll kinda mess with your mind then you‘ve found it! 4.5⭐️

#bookclubpick #whatdidijustread

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Audrey
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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A slow burn of a thriller. 5 different point of views in the same incident. Each perspective was fascinating about a death/murder of a little girl yet brought sympathy and new knowledge to the crime and its ramifications. As one reads, it doesn‘t seem like much is happening, yet nothing is repetition. Then, the pieces come together as each point of view happens.

Reviewsbylola I think I bought this recently. Sad that I‘m not entirely sure. 😂😂😂 14mo
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ads0123
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Holy crap!!! This book is wild!!! And I‘m only a little over a third of the way through the book! Can‘t wait to see where this story is going!!
#dinnertimereading #bookclubpick #whatdidijustread

Melissa_J You‘ve convinced me to add it to my to read list! 14mo
ads0123 @Melissa_J it‘s been shocking the whole book so far! At this point I definitely recommend it!!! 14mo
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swatreads
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Pickpick

This book is crazy! And by crazy I mean crazy good! The theme of the plot is revenge and the book is divided into six chapters! And every chapter is narrated by a different person! All in that person's POV! Packed with crazy twists, it makes you stop reading at times just to breathe because your heart will be racing so fast!! I was expecting more from the climax but that's just my opinion! Thriller lovers don't miss this book!
4.5/5

Cinfhen I can‘t wait to get to this #japanesethriller #booked2018 1y
Tera0707 Stacked! This sounds so interesting and I love a good thriller! 1y
Bookmarkie Yes! Thanks for the review. This has been on my list and I wanted some thoughts on it. 1y
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swatreads @Cinfhen This is a great pick😍 1y
swatreads @Tera0707 You'll love it😍😍 it's so weird and interesting! 1y
swatreads @Bookmarkie I'm glad you liked the review😍 You'll love the book! 1y
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swatreads
Confessions | Kanae Minato

Everybody wants to be recognized for what they‘ve done; everybody wants to be praised. But doing something good or remarkable isn‘t easy. It‘s much easier to condemn people who do the wrong thing than it is to do the right thing yourself.

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OutsmartYourShelf
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Mehso-so

A teacher plots revenge against two pupils who murdered her young daughter.

The different narrators allow the reader to understand the circumstances of the murder from all viewpoints, however, I felt aloof from what I was reading. I expected more of an emotional reaction to the subject. Rating: 3 ⭐️

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OutsmartYourShelf
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Ok, first one of these I‘ve ever attempted. April TBR list.

Out - Natsuo Kirino
Wink Murder - Ali Knight
Confessions - Kanae Minato
A Perfect Crime - A Yi
The Second Sister - Claire Kendal
Crimson Lake - Candice Fox
Into the Water - Paula Hawkins

#ReadingResolutions #AprilTBR @Jess7

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rohit-sawant
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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I was jonesing for some Kanae Minato after talking about her with @hufflepuff-ish & finally got around to watching Night‘s Tightrope based on her novel Shōjo (Girls), yet to be translated. Hope more of her work hits the market soon! NT is essentially about the friendship between two high school girls, one of whom is horribly bullied & the other grows morbid after a teacher plagiarizes her novel. It delves into dark themes ⬇️

rohit-sawant like suicide, vengeance & abuse & while it has criminal elements it‘s not your traditional crime novel, like The Snow White Murder Case (another great film adapted from her book!) which begins with the murderer getting rid of the body. That‘s not to say NT doesn‘t have satisfying twists; it does, but it‘s more contemplative & cathartic, & ends on a note that‘s grim (peripherally) & uplifting at the same time. 1y
rohit-sawant Also, the film is beautifully shot with a female director at the helm & the performances, especially by the two leads, are brilliant. Can‘t wait to read it as a novel. I doubt knowing the plot would make this any less of a page-turner since it's more about the experience. The rich inner lives of her characters is what makes Minato the queen of iyamisu. 1y
batsy Gah! You have such a lovely way with words! You always make me want to drop everything I'm doing to read/watch your suggestions. 1y
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Megabooks I have this on my #TBR shelf. I‘ll be picking it up soon. Incredible review!! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m looking forward to read more of her books, only read the tagged book. And search for these films too! 👍 1y
hufflepuff-ish Hey!! If you get to know when it gets translated, do put a post on Litsy.😅😅 I really love to read the book before the movie comes out. I feel like there is a lot more to know about the characters that way.🌸🌸. 1y
rohit-sawant Aww, that's so kind of you to say, @batsy! Thanks so much! 🙏🏻 Hope you check out the film soon. It's really moving towards the end, & it kinda got me out of a funk. 1y
rohit-sawant @Booksandcooks Thank you! 😊 Confessions is such a captivating read. Hope you enjoy it! 1y
rohit-sawant @erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! Hope you enjoy exploring her work. And yes! Can't wait for publishers to release more translations 😍 1y
rohit-sawant @hufflepuff-ish I prefer reading the book before checking out the film too! I've gotten more flexible about it of late, though. Speaking of, check out the Confessions adaptation if you haven't! And you can be sure I'll be raving about new KM releases. 😆 1y
hufflepuff-ish @rohit-sawant I will totally watch it. I had no idea that it had been adapted!! Thank you so much !! 😍😍 1y
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quietjenn
Confessions | Kanae Minato
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Excited to finally really dive into this one.

LeahBergen It‘s such a weird one. 👍🏻 1y
quietjenn @LeahBergen sometimes I love weird! Although not always ... we'll see. 1y
Layali926 I thought Ir was a great book. Very intriguing and the characters are so well developed even if in a weird way. 1y
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