Penance by Kanae Minato

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Despite an intriguing premise and some shocking reveals, Minato’s latest ultimately succumbs to monotony and bloat.
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The tense, chilling story of four women haunted by a childhood trauma.
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.
 

About Kanae Minato

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Kanae Minato was a housewife before her debut novel Confessions skyrocketed to the top of the Japanese charts and turned her into the year's bestselling novelist. A recipient of the Radio Drama Award, the Detective Novel Prize for New Writers, and the National Booksellers' Award, Minato lives in Japan.
 
Published April 11, 2017 by Mulholland Books. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Jan 23 2017

Despite an intriguing premise and some shocking reveals, Minato’s latest ultimately succumbs to monotony and bloat.

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