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review 2018-09-09 17:22
Penance by Kanae Minato
Penance - Kanae Minato

I loved Minato’s last book and after discovering a number of weeks ago this book was out, I decided to read it for bingo and had another agonising wait.

 

The book follows a group of women who witnessed a murder when they were children. The group of girls all said they couldn’t remember what the murderer looked like at the time, so the mother of the murdered girl blames them for the perpetrator never being found. She tells them a few years after the murder, when they’re still children, that she’ll enact revenge on them unless they (a) catch the murderer, or (b) commit some act of penance that she’ll be happy with. We then follow each woman independently, in adulthood, carrying out whatever task she’s chosen.

 

This novel was completely different to the authors debut. Her other book was an out-and-out suspense and I expected this one to follow a similar path. There were surprises, but they were sparse. In favour of shocks, the author went for a much more literary feel, contained within a crime narrative. Going by the blurb I expected a crime novel, but something a bit more than what I got. This felt almost like five interconnected short stories, rather than a novel. What I loved so much about the author in her previous book wasn’t really there this time. She still has the ability to craft a twisty tale, but these sections were confined and not the overarching emphasis. I still enjoyed it, I just expected something different than what I got. I’ve been reading quite a bit of crime lately and it’s been done better. I got the feeling the author isn’t sure where she’s going or what she wants.

 

The main similarity with the first novel was that questions concerning morality were explored and weaved throughout. We got all sides of the picture, which was one of the most satisfying aspects.

 

I didn’t much like where the novel ended and feel it would have benefited from another 50-100 pages. As it was it was quite short, at just over 200 pages.

 

                     

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text 2018-09-06 11:33
Reading progress update: I've read 240 out of 240 pages.
Penance - Kanae Minato

Well, that was very different to her first novel which was littered with suspense. This was more of a literary crime thriller. Much more sedate. I enjoyed it, but nowhere near as much as her first.               

 

                       

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text 2018-09-04 15:45
Reading progress update: I've read 60 out of 240 pages.
Penance - Kanae Minato

The first chapter read like a short story, so I'm interested to see where it'll go.

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text 2018-09-03 13:59
Reading progress update: I've read 7 out of 240 pages.
Penance - Kanae Minato

I've been so excited to start this, ever since my hard copy came through the postbox on Friday. I absolutely loved her other book, Confessions, so can't wait to get stuck in. When I discovered classic horror was called I did wobble a bit, but no, this is the one I really want to read, so classic horror can wait.

 

                        

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review 2018-02-11 00:00
Penance
Penance - Kanae Minato,Philip Gabriel Having loved [b:Confessions|22674160|Confessions|Kanae Minato|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1404750772s/22674160.jpg|4371200][bc:Confessions|18226111|Confessions|Kanae Minato|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1381430396s/18226111.jpg|4371200] I was eager to get my hands on [b:Penance|31423183|Penance|Kanae Minato|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1481661472s/31423183.jpg|13673172] by the same author but unfortunately I felt Penance just didn't cut the mustard and left me feeling a little disappointed.

Set in Japan Four women, haunted by a childhood trauma. What really happened that day--and what followed, for each of them, in the years after?

I love how this author writes and she packs so much in such a short novel, terrific character development but because the story is told from five of the characters viewpoints I found it extremely repetitive and at times confusing. I love the darkness in her stories and while Penance has that element running though it I think[b:Confessions|19161835|Confessions|Kanae Minato|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1401076501s/19161835.jpg|4371200] was much more engrossing and intriguing.
I look forward to reading more by this author in the future and highly recommend [b:Confessions|19161835|Confessions|Kanae Minato|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1401076501s/19161835.jpg|4371200] if you looking for a good dark mystery set in Japan.
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