Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino’s award-winning literary mystery Out.This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed... show more
Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino’s award-winning literary mystery Out.This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot’s ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society. At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.
Publish date: January 4th 2005
Pages no: 416
Edition language: English
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, Asian Literature
, Mystery Thriller
, Japanese Literature
My original OUT audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Out, an Edgar Award nominated crime novel out of Japan, is a deep, twisty, and complex thriller that is neither for the faint of heart, nor the uninitiated. Natsuo Kirino does a masterful job penning this tale o...
Warning: This book includes on-page instances of rape, torture, murder, and corpse dismemberment. On the plus side, there is a cat, and it is neither hurt (at least not that I remember) nor killed. I spent the whole book worrying that something was going to happen to that cat.Anyway, Out tells the s...
Kindred's reading Challenge #21: Read a Translated Novel
A unique and gripping novel that would have been a very solid 4 stars had it not fallen apart in a repulsive way at the end.Out has been called a mystery and a thriller, but it isn’t really either (and I’m glad, as I don’t read those genres): we know all along who the murderer is, and the protagonis...