Book Talk # 12 ( 2017 ) : Penance by Kanae Minato

Kindle Edition, 240 pages

Published April 11th 2017 by Mulholland Books (first published June 11th 2009)

Original Title : 贖罪 [Shokuzai]


Edition Language : English

Literary Awards : 日本推理作家協会賞 Nominee for Best Novel (2010)

When a group of young girls are approached by a stranger, they cannot know that the encounter will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Hours later, Emily is dead. The surviving girls alone can identify the killer. But not one of them remembers his face…

Driven mad by grief, the victim’s mother demands the girls find the murderer or else atone for their crimes. If they do neither, she will have her revenge. She will make them pay…

From the critically acclaimed author of Confessions, Penance is a dark and disturbing tale of revenge that will leave you reeling. 

I’d like to say that I did like it but really i was just dissappointed. It was slow paced and it had long chapters making it even more slow paced. It was also just a repetition on every chapter, just varying in point of views. It was quite like Confessions but a less vicious and a lot more boring. It had the same writing skills that I liked on her previous works. I expected a lot more diversity or variety on her works but really if you expect a lot more, you just get more disappointed.

I’m thinking of positive points of the book but unfortunately, I can’t find anything. It had the same aura from Confessions, just much weaker. It also lost that shock pof the twist because I expected more from her.

Giving this book 3 stars because it was overhyped and it was full of disappointment. This just makes me a little sad. I hope she writes a better book than this.


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