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.
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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological

On Sale: April 11th 2017

Price: $9.99

Page Count: 240

ISBN-13: 9780316349161

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"[A] suspenseful psychological melodrama. . . . Filled with strange entwinings of chance and effect, free will and manipulation, the mundane and the bizarre."—The Wall Street Journal
"Minato's simple, clear voice highlights the stories' psychological intensity, and themes of powerlessness evolving to strength, duty, and redemption create layers of interest that are perfect for book-group dissection."—Booklist (starred review)
"Moving, tension-filled . . . Minato has crafted an unnerving tale of tragedy, guilt, and penance."—Publishers Weekly
"Kanae Minato is a brilliant storyteller."—Emily St. John Mandel, New York Times bestselling author of Station Eleven

- Winner of the ALA's 2015 Alex Award for the Best Adult Books That Appeal to Teen Audiences
- Nominated for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel
- One of Booklist's Best Crime Novels of the Year

"The most delightfully evil book you will read this year. . . . Think of Confessions as the Gone Girl of Japan. . . . Minato spins out this gut-wrenching thrill ride with clean, high-impact language. . . . Its thrust should hit home for any reader with a pulse."—Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times
"Far deeper and larger, though no less entertaining, than expected. A nasty little masterpiece ... a crackling good yarn [with] existential heft. Books like Confessions can make you vibrate with happiness."—Kevin Nance, Chicago Tribune