I suppose everybody wants to be recognized for what they've done; everybody wants to be praised. But doing something good or remarkable isn't easy. It's much easier to condemn people who do the wrong thing than it is to do the right thing.
Yuko Moriguchi is still reeling from the death of her daughter, Manami, when she makes the end of the year speech to the middle schoolers she teaches. Her speech puts in motion her revenge upon two students, let's call them A and B, and leads to some pretty twisted actions by some pretty twisted people.
This book is told from multiple points-of-view, basically the points-of-view of the people who have set all of these horrible events in motion. I liked that it also was in a form of a letter, a will and testament, journal entries, etc. You definitely get a much richer story from being able to see the events from multiple points-of-view.
This book has some pretty twisted stuff in it. You think that the events that Yuko Moriguchi mentions in her speech are pretty horrific but then things start happening after her speech that manage to top that. The majority of people in this book are pretty insane or becoming insane. What I liked about that was getting to read the reasons behind their insanity or getting to see their slow progression into insanity. There were two people who quite possibly could have been psychopaths.
This is definitely going to be on my top 10 books of 2014 list. I would highly recommend everyone reading this book (unless you tend to be squeamish). Every time I read a book that has been translated I get a little worried that it might be awkward but this book was easy to understand and utterly captivating. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the galley.