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5.0 out of 5 stars This is scary reading!, 9 Aug. 2007
This review is from: Out (Paperback)
An amazing read. I'm not usually keen on award winners, approaching them with trepidation as I usually find them stilted and well basically, boring. I will defintely be looking out for more by this author!

Set in the suberbs of Tokyo there are four women who work the night shifts at a boxed-lunch factory. All four have different reasons for needing to be there - money, only job available, to be alone; although the one thing they have in common is a need to escape (primarily from their own lives). This is the first meaning of the title 'Out'.

One of the women kills her husband, for a variety of reasons and amazingly Masako offers to help her. There is no reason for her to help, but she does. They actually dismember and dispose of him. Meanwhile we are introduced to a nightclub owner (Satake) who the police believe has committed the murder.

The story centres eventually around these two characters, who for me are the two appearing on the dust jacket. We follow their lives - every part of it, from their dreams, fears to their daily routines and more especially their enemies.

If you felt disturbed by reading 'American Psycho' then this may carry the same or worse feelings. It's cold from the outset. Initially this took me by surprise but then I realised it could be to reflect the genre or be traditional of this writing style. The characters are so convincingly described and the narrative is so powerful. It really is a chilling read. It is violent, disturbing and will seep into you when you least expect it.
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Initial post: 26 Mar 2010, 10:15:04 GMT
Simes82 says:
Nice spoiler. Why do reviewers feel the need to explain the story?

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2015, 02:44:57 BST
GODFREY H. says:
What Simes82 said. Exactly.

Posted on 24 Aug 2015, 13:25:23 BST
SJSmith says:
I'm not too sure what I've spoiled as the product description tells you about the husband's death.
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