When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later. Read more...
When they were children, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into separating from their friend Emily by a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurs: Emily is found murdered hours later.
Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after the Emili's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will pay for her daughter's murder.
Like Confessions, Kanae Minato's award-winning, internationally bestselling debut, PENANCE is a dark and voice-driven tale of revenge and psychological trauma that will leave readers breathless.
- ISBN-13: 9780316349154
- ISBN-10: 0316349151
- Publisher: Mulholland Books
- Publish Date: April 2017
- Page Count: 240
- Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Minatos moving, tension-filled second novel charts the impact of a traumatic murder on four young women, Sae, Maki, Akiko, and Yuka, who were childhood friends of the victim, Emily. One summer day, when theyre all 10, a strange man approaches the girls while theyre playing ball by the swimming pool of their small, rural Japanese towns elementary school. The stranger, claiming he has no ladder, says he needs someone to help him reach a ventilating fan in a pool changing room. Emily goes with him. When she doesnt return, the other girls go looking for her only to discover her dead. Emilys mother blames the girls and warns them to atone for what youve done, in a way Ill accept, if they cant find the murderer. Fifteen years later, with the statute of limitations running out, each survivor relates the consequences of that warning for herself. All these fully fleshed-out characters have suffered since Emilys death, each in her own way. Minato (Confessions) has crafted an unnerving tale of tragedy, guilt, and penance. (Apr.)