A mother is out to seek vengeance for her murdered four-year old daughter.

Vengeance is the main theme of Kanae Minato’s debut novel, Confessions.

Yuko Moriguchi’s daughter has been murdered. Police have ruled it was an accident. When Moriguchi decides to investigate, she discovers the murderers were two of her students. On her last day of work as a teacher, she decides to seek vengeance.

With the story’s alternating perspectives, Minato delves deeply into the lives of characters who are each affected by the murder. Told in a sparse and direct manner, with unexpected twists, Confessions is a fast-paced and clever psychological thriller. Kanae Minato deserves to be called the Queen of Iyamisu.

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