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Kanae Minato

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Minato, Kanae



A twisty, multi-perspective mystery/thriller novel that follows four women and the burden of guilt they carry 15 years after the murder of their friend.

Set in a rural Japanese town, four girls love to play together in the evenings and are joined by a fifth girl - Emily - whose father runs the newly established factory. One day, they're approached by a man after hours at school who takes Emily and murders her. Each girl is traumatized in their own way, but Emily's mother makes things more intense by cursing them with penance. Either they pay some kind of penance for "letting" Emily get killed, catch the killer before the statute of limitations runs out, or she will ruin their lives. Each chapter follows one of the four girls, and Emily's mother.

This one was interesting enough to keep reading, and very dark which I liked. We relive Emily’s murder through five different perspectives - each biased by the respective character’s upbringing and personal experiences. This created an element of unreliable narration I found appealing. Each chapter also goes to explain a bit about each character’s personal history, and how life went for them after the murder. The characters all had major imperfections and were a little bit unlikable, adding to the realism.

But there were aspects of the plot that didn't feel very believable, and there were considerable inconsistencies and contradictions I found. For instance, the first three girls all end up killing a man - all through some form of self defense - but by the fourth character, the narration claims only two other girls had killed? Perhaps it was a lost-in-translation moment, but I did a double-take and had to go back and make sure I was right. At times, the characters were unlikable to an annoying extent, and said there were "forced" to take actions that were totally avoidable. Just don’t do it hun. There was also some yikes misogynistic/internalized misogyny moments that I couldn’t tell whether they were just another aspect of the characters’ unlikeable personalities, or a part of the writing as a whole. (Hoping it’s the former.)

Finally, there were some decent attempts at twists - the foreshadowing was a little too obvious so I was able to guess the basics of them before they happened. Regardless, it was still interesting how they played out. I also liked that the story ended on a positive, hopeful note. Overall, it was an alright read to pass the time but idk if I'd recommend it!
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escapinginpaper | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 18, 2024 |
Great storytelling
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eboods | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 28, 2024 |
This is messed up, and in a way I wasn't expecting. There is certainly a horror/Carrie-esque feel here, which you don't fully appreciate until the end. I think I would have enjoyed this more had the layout been more cohesive and not blocks of the same story from different POVs over and over.
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KallieGrace | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 27, 2024 |
Very dark and at times creepy. Incredibly enticing. The format - the back and forth - and the ties between the characters and their insights into the story really make this book a showstopper. I will never underestimate teachers.
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CaeK | 42 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 27, 2024 |



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