Goodreads Monday is hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. It is when we show off a book from our TBR that we’re looking forward to reading.
Natsuo Kirino’s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co-workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.
The ringleader of this cover-up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of the shrewdest, most clear-eyed creations in recent fiction. Masako’s own search for a way out of the straitjacket of a dead-end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.
The complex yet riveting narrative seamlessly combines a convincing glimpse into the grimy world of Japan’s yakuza with a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of a violent crime and the ensuing game of cat-and-mouse between seasoned detectives and a group of determined but inexperienced criminals. Kirino has mastered a Thelma and Louise kind of graveyard humor that illuminates her stunning evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendship that bolsters them in the aftermath.
I have read so many good and bad things about this book. There have been loads of reviews with all kinds of trigger warnings and even the featured reviews on the back have said this is quite dark and disturbing. I’ve recently ordered this from my college library because I think it would be a good read on my trip to Korea in December and also because the public library doesn’t have anything by this author. My support workers were wondering why I’ve decided to step out of my genre comfort zones (fantasy, Sci-Fi) into something like this and mainly it’s because of the exotic setting and because I’m a little curious about thrillers that don’t feature magical elements. I was very on and off about ordering this book because of its genres but in the end weighed it out with the upcoming trip and the mild curiosity to try other genres. I hope this will be a good choice for reads despite all the trigger warnings and to be honest I’m quite excited to find out why many have called this pure adult fiction, maybe it’ll be a shock 😉