Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato

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Confessions is Criminally Good Book Club’s August selection and wow…. just wow – I loved this book! I can see how it easily became a #1 international bestseller.

From the back cover:

When Yuko Moriguchi’s four-year-old daughter died at the middle school where she teaches, everyone thought it was a tragic accident.

Now it’s the last day of term, and Yuko’s last day at work. She tells her students that she has resigned because of what happened – but not for the reasons they think.

Her daughter didn’t die in an accident. Her daughter was killed by two pupils in the class. And before she leaves, she has a lesson to teach…

But revenge has a way of spinning out of control, and Yuko’s last lecture is only the start of the story.

In this bestselling Japanese thriller of love, despair and murder, everyone has a confession to make, and no one will escape unharmed. Continue reading “Book Review: Confessions by Kanae Minato”

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Book Review: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

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This was my first book by Truman Capote, if I planned to read any of his books, it’d be ‘In Cold Blood’ but when Other Voices, Other Rooms was chosen as this month’s book for one of the many book clubs I read along with, I thought I’d give it ago. Interestingly, this book didn’t really work for me but I was so interested in the Introduction to this novel, written by John Berendt.

From the back cover:

After the death of his mother, thirteen-year-old Joel Knox is summoned to live with a father he has never met in a vast decaying mansion in rural Alabama, its baroque slender now faded and tarnished. But when he arrives, his father is nowhere to be seen and Joel is greeted by his prim, sullen new stepmother Miss Amy and his debauched Cousin Randolph – living like spirits in the fragile decadence of a house full of secrets. Continue reading “Book Review: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote”

Book Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia

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This book was previously published as ‘Everything You Want Me To Be’, I overlooked it as I didn’t like the cover and never even read the blurb. When it was re-titled with a new cover, it grabbed my attention and immediately became a book I wanted to read.

Book Description:

Everyone thought they knew Hattie Hoffman. When she was murdered, they found out just how wrong they were.

Seventeen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. So when she’s found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community.

Local sheriff Del Goodman, a good friend of Hattie’s dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers; it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on. Told from three perspectives: Del’s, Hattie’s high school English teacher and Hattie herself, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman tells the story of the real Hattie, and what happened that final year of school when she dreamed of leaving her small town behind . . .

Wonderfully evocative of its Midwestern setting and with a cast of unforgettable characters, this is a book about manipulation of relationships and identity, about the line between innocence and culpability, about the hope love offers and the tragedies that occur when it spins out of control. Continue reading “Book Review: The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia”

Book Review: The Death of Her by Debbie Howells

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Happy publication day to Debbie Howells, The Death of Her releases today!

Book Description:

A woman’s body is discovered on a Cornish farm, battered and left for dead in a maize field. Airlifted to hospital, her life hanging in the balance, no one’s sure who she is. Three days later she comes round, but her memory is damaged. She knows her name – Evie – but no more, until she remembers another name. Angel – her three-year-old daughter. As the police circulate Evie’s photo, someone recognizes her. Charlotte knew her years ago, at school, when another child went missing. Leah Danning, who vanished whilst in Evie’s care. When the police search Evie’s home, there’s no sign of Angel. More disturbingly, there’s no evidence that she ever lived there, forcing the police to question whether Evie’s having some kind of breakdown. But even from the darkest place she’s ever known, Evie believes her daughter is alive. The police remain unconvinced – unaware that on the fringes of Evie’s life, there’s someone else. Someone hidden, watching her every move, with their own agenda and their own twisted version of reality. Continue reading “Book Review: The Death of Her by Debbie Howells”

Book Review: The Collector by John Fowles

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After remembering the Beat The Backlist challenge I’m participating in, I decided to read The Collector by John Fowles, first published in 1963.

Book Description:

Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom. Continue reading “Book Review: The Collector by John Fowles”