Title : Confessions
Author : Minato Kanae
Translator : Clara Canceriana, Andry Setiawan
Editor : Prisca Primasari
Script Tuner : Titish A.K.
Publisher : Haru
Issue Date : First Printing, August 2019
Category : Psychological thriller
Pages : 304 pages
After the marriage which ended in tragedy, Yuko Moriguchi had to lose her four-year-old son, Manami. After a heartbreaking accident at the middle school where he taught, Yuko gave up and resigned.
Today is Yuko’s last day at this school. He told his students that he had resigned because of what had happened, but the real reason was not because of the reason they were thinking.
His daughter did not die in an accident. His daughter was killed by two students in his class. And before he left, he had lessons to teach. He told a story that distorted everything his students had ever thought about his two peers, and made a crazy plan to get revenge on them.
In alternating voices, with a bend that you will not see coming, Confession investigates the boundaries of punishment, despair, and tragic love, which culminates in a terrible confrontation between teacher and student that will put the occupants of the whole school in danger. You will never see a classroom the same way again.
Therefore, he will not let his two children free. He wants revenge, and his revenge is only the beginning of a nightmare.
Confessions written by Kanae minato belong to the iyamisu genre. Iyamisu is a genre of psychological thriller that accentuates the dark side of human nature. Here the performer is not a pure psychopath like in the movies, but only an ordinary person who is dragged to cross the line between right and wrong.
Confessions consist of six chapters and are told from different perspectives. Like the title Confessions, which means recognition, each chapter in this book presents the recognition of several figures and points of view. From here the reader can explore all the characters’ feelings to even his darkest intentions.
This novel also teaches us to pay more attention to children. As parents, especially the role of mothers, can not just say love. Being a mother can’t be selfish. In this novel you can see the obsession of a child and a mother.
The novel won the top 10 Weekly Bunshun Best Mystery Novels 2008, the top 10 Wall Street Journal Best Mystery Novels 2014, Winner of the Japanese Bookseller Award, Winner of Shosetsu Suiri’s New Writers Prize “The Saint”, and Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award 2015.
Although Confessions only gained international best seller status in 2014, this book was released in Japan in 2008. It was also adapted to the big screen in 2010 by director Tetsuya Nakashima.
Like his book, the Confessions film was a success and was rewarded with numerous awards at various film festivals. This film even represented Japan at the 2011 Academy Award.
For those of you who like psychology thriller stories that are different from usual, I highly recommend this book for you and I’m sure you will fall in love with this one.
By : Alya Amalia (XII MIPA 7)