Revenge by Yōko Ogawa – Book Review

Revenge by Yōko Ogawa is a collection of eleven short stories that are all interconnected in one way or another. It’s an #OwnVoices Japanese literature novel that also falls under the psychological thriller and horror genres, and was originally published in January 2013. I read the UK Vintage International edition released in January 2014.


The small anthology collection is an exploration of the dark parts of the human psyche in regards to loss, whether grief, abandonment, or heartbreak. It takes the emotions that are stirred up amid such events and puts them into a candid and grotesquely unique perspective, illustrating parts of the human mind that most people don’t like acknowledging.

🍓 Ogawa’s prose is straightforward and simple, while simultaneously  laced with extraordinary meaning.
🍓 The subtle nature in which she examines deep, dark motifs are eloquently exhibited.
🍓 The overall writing style is terse and fluid.
🍓 The themes within each of the eleven stories are idiosyncratically pensive.
🍓 The ostensibly disjointed tales come full circle in brilliantly haunting yet ordinary ways.
🍓 The Gothic ambience of the whole collection makes the book addicting.
🍓 Some narratives are provocatively alluring with how psychologically disturbing they are.
🍓 Highly recommended to fans of psychological narratives and succinct styles of storytelling.
🍓 4.25 fingers outta 5!

Others Books by Yōko Ogawa to Check Out:

The Housekeeper & the Professor: A novel about love, friendship, and the bonds that hold us together. This is absolutely stunning and heart-warming.

Hotel Iris: A novel that takes an intimate look at how individuals internalise different kinds of pain and guilt, and how they affect those with whom they interact. It’s provocative, dangerous, and revealing.

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