• by Kanae Minato
  • Narrated by Karissa Vacker
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 occurred: Emily was found murdered hours later.
Sae, Maki, Akiko, and Yuko weren't able to accurately describe the stranger's appearance to the police after Emily's body was discovered. Asako, Emily's mother, cursed the surviving girls, vowing that they would pay for her daughter's murder.
Like Confessions, Kanae Minato's award-winning, internationally best-selling debut, Penance is a dark and voice-driven tale of revenge and psychological trauma that will leave listeners breathless.


What the Critics Say

"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 best-selling author of Station Eleven)
"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)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not as good as Confessions...

... or the Kiyoshi Kurrosawa mini-series adaption of this book. Like Confessions, the story's told by multiple narrators. Each is haunted by a tragic event in the past. An event they are never able to escape, especially since one narrator never lets them forget it. The premise is intriguing, but the multiple narratives never come together as a whole, they way they did in Confessions.

The reader's good, for the most part, but does mispronounce Japanese words now and then.
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- Jay Quintana

Intriguing Book!

I would usually not read a book like this, but it came recommended to me, so I wanted to give it a try. I was immediately pulled into this fascinating story after listening to only a few pages. Five 10 year old girls venture out for an afternoon of play at the school grounds when a murder of one of the girls occurs. So many twists and turns to this intriguing plot, which deeply affects the remaining four girl's lives for the next fifteen years. The story is very well written. The narrator really brings the story to life. Her narrative of each character's journey in coping with this unsolved murder is compelling.
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- Carol Hajek

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio