My Annihilation by Fuminori Nakamura

Publisher: Soho Crime
Publication Date:
13/01/2022
Length: 257 pages
Genre:
Japanese Fiction | Translated Fiction | Psychological Horror | Mystery | Thriller

CW: n/a

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What transforms a person into a killer? Can it be something as small as a suggestion?

Turn this page, and you may forfeit your entire life.

With My Annihilation, Fuminori Nakamura, master of literary noir, has constructed a puzzle box of a narrative in the form of a confessional diary that implicates its reader in a heinous crime.

Delving relentlessly into the darkest corners of human consciousness, My Annihilation interrogates the unspeakable thoughts all humans share that can be monstrous when brought to life, revealing with disturbing honesty the psychological motives of a killer.

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Review

After reading Life Ceremony I was still very much in the mood for a gripping and dark read. So when Caroline (@asweetdevouring) recommended My Annihilation I immediately picked it up… and then couldn’t put it back down! Boy, did this book deliver on the dark and gripping front!

This review is going to be pretty short (for me) as it’s very difficult to explain what’s so good about this novel without spoiling anything, and it’s vital to go into this novel knowing the bare minimum, which is what I did. From reading the, very brief, blurb I thought I had an idea of where the novel would take me, but, the truth is, I had no idea what was truly waiting for me in those pages.

The narrative style, characters, and pacing all perfectly contributed to the mystery and confusion that sinks its claws into the reader and refuses to let go. Every time I thought I had figured out what was going on, it completely flipped and I was once again left in the dark. Even though I could clearly feel my brain doing mental gymnastics trying to piece everything together, it all weirdly made sense and was one of the most satisfying reads (and endings) I’ve read for a long time.

Overall, if you like a dark, psychological thriller (of sorts) where you won’t be able to help yourself but to devour the book in one sitting, I definitely consider this to be a must-read for you! If you do pick this up, please message me what you thought, I’m really curious to see what other people make of this!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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