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Author: Natsuo Kirino, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino’s award-winning literary mystery Out. — This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then s...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781400078370
ISBN-10: 1400078377
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 119 ratings
Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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CocoCee avatar reviewed Out on + 404 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
Great book! Gritty, dark, urbane. Four co-workers are bound together by murder and money. Twists abound in this crime novel. Some social commentary regarding the lives of middle-class women in modern day Japan. Warning: very descriptive, and not only for the initial murder and clean up.
woodworm avatar reviewed Out on + 92 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
This is one of those books that keeps you so engaged that it is possible to lose track of time while reading it, definately a page turner and one of my best reads of the year. Four women who work the graveyard shift at the lunch box factory try to protect one of their group after the death of her husband, leading them on an adventure outside their realm. Grief and greed play a hand in the out come of this unlikely story. Well worth it's weight.
wndrngrl avatar reviewed Out on + 107 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Out presents a distinct twist on the usual crime novel. First of all, its descriptions of urban blight in the neighborhoods of Tokyo and the bleak lives led by the women who live there are haunting and portrayed in a way that allowed me to identify with the characters even though I have never visited Japan and don't know much about its culture. I came to genuinely care about the characters, even though they are not particularly lovable and, in fact, do some clearly evil things.
reviewed Out on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
One of the creepiest, most gruesome books I've read all year, and also one of the best.
reviewed Out on + 2 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
This was a good book about 4 Japanese coworkers that were bound together because of a crime that was committed by one of the women within the group. The author managed to give the readers a sense of the type of life one can live in Japan. She touched on some of the despair, and poverty, and also the trials and tribulations women can go through. I enjoyed this book, it had enough tangled webs that I kept turning the page, waiting patiently for them to be unwoven. I was not happy with the ending, but it still wouldn't stop me from recommending it.
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reviewed Out on
Engrossing, character-rich thriller. Recommend for regular thriller readers and also those who tend to read more literary fiction. Suspenseful story as well as a complex examination of women in Japanese society.
bkwriter4life avatar reviewed Out on
I really enjoyed how these women came together in lieu of this heinous crime. Additionally, the lead character was compelling as the person who tried to keep it together. There were some characters that were unnecessary to see the perspective from but that did not detract from the story. Some of the characters were utterly despicable but I must applaud the author for the masterful craft in making me, the reader, hate some of these characters so much. Solid read.
rfdudley avatar reviewed Out on + 75 more book reviews
I liked this book a lot but it was very dark so I'm not sure I can give it 4 stars. It's a story of an abused wife who murders her husband and gets help from her coworkers to dispose of the body. The story goes on from there and leads into subjects of gambling and borrowing money from loansharks. It is a very good read and kind of surprising in that the author is Japanese and this book is a far cry from what one normally thinks of Japanese culture - there is a lot more to it than on the surface!


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