Confessions by Kanae Minato
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My Rating: ★★★★☆
I don’t think I have read anything quite like this book before. What initially caught my attention about this book was the fact that it is set in Japan and was written by a Japanese author. I am always looking for good books that are set in different countries and culture to expand my reading knowledge. And not to mention, I am a huge fan of the thriller and mystery genre!
This book is sectioned off into six different chapters with each chapter being from a different character’s perspective and narrative. I thought this was a very unique approach to a thriller/mystery novel. It added quite a lot to the plot itself because you get to connect the dots yourself as you read through the entire thing, from beginning to end. Each chapter, you learn a little bit more and you are able to see how each characters are related to each other and the plot itself.
I had no idea what to expect when I went into this book. I had not heard anybody else talk about this book and I did not read any reviews prior to reading this book. I simply saw it on Goodreads, read the synopsis, and decided I was going to read it. Needless to say, I was very shocked as soon as I finished the first chapter. I’m not so sure how to go about reviewing this book without any spoilers, but I will say that it is not your typical thriller novel.
The first chapter is written in second person and is pretty much just a long speech or dialogue. This being a thriller book, it was effective to have one of the main characters narrate as if they themselves are speaking to YOU as if you are one of the characters being spoken to inside the book. Not only did Kanae Minato write the first chapter very gracefully, she wrote it in such a way that would set the tone for the rest of her novel. It just left you wanting more. She pulls you right in with the first chapter and that, my fellow book lovers, is how you do thriller books. You know a thriller book is bound to be good and worth your time if the first chapter alone catches your attention.
In conclusion, I believe this is one of those books that you must read for yourself in order to understand just how beautifully done it was. If you shall read at least one foreign thriller literature, go for this one.