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In the Tokyo suburbs, four women work the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory. Burdened with chores and heavy debts and isolated from ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.500


by MartinHughHarvey on Sep 10, 2009

What else should one expect from a Japanese author? Thoroughly enjoyable, story that continually builds, and with an ending that while wasn't a big bang or crescendo was thoroughly satisfying. I read this as I'd heard good reviews of this author and it certainly won't be my last Kirino book. Oh and the translation was superb - beautifully written English that certainly couldn't have just been a rote translation.


Roller coaster ride

by Xie46 on Aug 10, 2008

This is a crime novel with a difference. It is ages since I read a crime novel that I either could not predict to a greater or lesser extent, or cared about the characters so much! For me it worked on more than one level. It is a great story, but there are other themes in there that were interesting, political and feminist (but if you don't like politics that should not put you off, it works as a story). I thought it was really good and original. Give it a go, I hope you wont be disappointed.



by Angelimar on Jul 15, 2008

At the begining of the book I thought OMG what am I reading I dont like this type of books, but I force my self to read and in the middle a couldnt stop, its very interesting different and well thought, you'll never guess the ending.


Gory, Strange, and Very Interesting

by bookgeek on Apr 3, 2007

If you think the women on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES are out there, wait until you read this book. Although there is hardly any sex, there is plenty of dark, strange plot twists. Natsuo Kirino's OUT is a startling look at the fictional lives of ordinary Japanese women working in a boxed lunch factory. The women get caught up in a murder, and must find a way to dispose of the body in order to protect themselves and their families. This is not a book for the faint of heart, or for anyone with a weak stomach. Filled with blood, gore, and psychotic mafia men, this is an intense, gripping portrait of desperation. I enjoyed this book a great deal. The characters were fairly well developed, the plot was interesting, and it was well-translated. My biggest problem was that the suspense built and built over the course of the book, but the climax wasn't very rewarding. The ending of the book was anti-climatic, and I felt a little cheated at the end. I'd recommend this book to people who enjoyed such films as THE AUDITION, SIN CITY, and KILL BILL. The book was very hard for me to put down, and I stayed up til 4 in the morning one night just to finish it. If you are a fan of the dark side of Japan, you will love this book.

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