– Winner of the ALA’s 2015 Alex Award for the Best Adult Books That Appeal to Teen Audiences
– Nominated for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
– One of Booklist‘s Best Crime Novels of the Year
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.
“The most delightfully evil book you will read this year. . . . Think of Confessions as the Gone Girl of Japan. . . . Minato spins out this gut-wrenching thrill ride with clean, high-impact language. . . . Its thrust should hit home for any reader with a pulse.” —Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times
“Far deeper and larger, though no less entertaining, than expected. A nasty little masterpiece … a crackling good yarn [with] existential heft. Books like CONFESSIONS can make you vibrate with happiness.”–Kevin Nance, Chicago Tribune
“A reader is almost certain to be caught off guard more than once by the revelations of this award-winning bestseller . . . Implacable, relentless.” —Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
“Confessions undercut[s] our prejudices [with] force and ferocity. . . . We read on in horror, guilty and intrigued, repulsed and maybe just a little exhilarated.” —Becca Rothfeld, New Republic
“Minato’s intricate plotting and unnervingly understated sentences make the horrors follow each other as logically as pearls on a string.” —Annalisa Quinn, NPR.org
Kanae Minato was a housewife before her debut novel Confessions skyrocketed to the top of the Japanese bestseller charts. A recipient of the Radio Drama Award, the Detective Novel Prize for New Writers, and the National Booksellers’ Award, Minato lives in Japan.