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I first saw the mindfcuk of a film and love it. Totally demented and twisted, but yet instantly relevant. This is the book.

Her pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge.

After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old child, Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But before she leaves, she will set the wheels for her ultimate revenge in motion

But first she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a diabolical plot for revenge.

It’s hard to believe this is Kanae Minato’s debut novel. It has such a sharp focus that the whole narrative feels like a knife being pushed and turned slowly into your heart. No word is wasted. Every word has a purpose. It cleverly uses alternating voices to probe the limits of punishment, despair and tragic love, culminating to a scene of colliding revenge forces. The different point of views told in distinct first person narrative never for an instance feel gimmicky and it is a clever variation on the Rashomon technique. Each chapter peels layer away till the characters become so real. This is no fluff and it succeeded in drawing a cold picture of the current state of youth and unforgiving nature of education. Just like the excellent Tetsuya Nakashima film (2010), the book is a superb mindfcuk of a read.

 

This is the trailer of the film adaptation:

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