Publisher: Mulholland Books (August 19th 2014)
Paperback: 240 pages
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
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 truth is that I picked up Confessions because I’ve seen the film when it was released otherwise this isn’t something that I’d normally would’ve picked up. However, considering that the book was written by a Japanese novelist then I might’ve picked it up somewhere down the road. When it comes to book to movie adaptation, they could be a hit or a miss, but with this book I think the movie made it more scarier than it intended.
I didn’t expect that this book to have a lot of POVs, but the novelist wrote it well and it was interesting to see the characters thoughts after learning the truth of what happened. We get the POVs from Moriguchi-sensei, Terada-sensei, the mothers of the murderers, the murderers themselves, the class president Mizuki, and one of the murderer’s sister as she tries to figure out what could’ve made the murderer insane enough to kill their own family. I want to say the story is straightforward and simple, but I think it’s more than that because once everyone finds out the truth the story gets twisted by different people that are telling the story in the story. It makes you start to wonder the murderers’s motivations and making you have a moment going oh so that’s why they did what they do. They all put the who really killed Moriguchi-sensei’s daughter on different people even after the truth was exposed and you’re like what the heck that’s not how it goes.
But, bullying is a serious thing in Japan and Confessions is a novel that doesn’t take bullying lightly, which is what made the movie a bit scary to watch I think. Even though you might be the smartest one in your class, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be bullied, especially if you did something wrong. It’s scary to think that these thoughts and actions come from middle school students. We see the opposite end of the spectrum in this book to what happen to kids like Naoki and Shuya, whose mother either spoils them or neglects them.
Even though this is a short book, I thought this was an interesting read that made you think about what led to the events and the aftermath. Plus, it’s a good novel for Halloween.