Written by:
Kanae Minato
Narrated by:
Karissa Vacker

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2017
7 hours 0 minutes
A chilling Japanese psychological thriller and Edgar Award finalist about four women, forever connected by one horrible day in their childhood -- fifteen years later, someone wants to make sure they never forget.

When they were girls, Sae, Maki, Akiko and Yuko were tricked into leaving their friend Emily with a mysterious stranger. Then the unthinkable occurred: Emily was found murdered hours later.

The four friends were never able to describe the stranger to the police; the killer's trail went cold. Asako, the bereaved mother, curses the surviving girls, vowing that they will be the ones to pay for her daughter's murder . . .

Like Confessions, Kanae Minato's award-winning, internationally bestselling debut, Penance is a dark tale of revenge and psychological drama that will leave readers breathless.
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Weird book. I love Japan, but some things about the culture I will never understand. The way the author bends over backwards to justify horrific behavior in the male characters (even though things didn't work out so well for them either). Not much of a thriller in that it definitely didn't leave me "breathless". That said, it's an engaging story and you do get an answer in the end. A very disturbing answer that glosses over a MAJOR aspect of the murder (or maybe it's lost in translation? Or just an extremely subtle style of writing?). Great narration.

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