Natsuo Kirino’s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co-workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.
The ringleader of this cover-up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of the shrewdest, most clear-eyed creations in recent fiction. Masako’s own search for a way out of the straitjacket of a dead-end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.
This book revolves around 4 women of different ages and lifestyles who all work the overnight shift at a lunch box factory. These women are brought together when one of them murders her husband and confides in another to help dispose of the body. The events that take place in this book are a little morbid yet very entertaining. I could not put this book down even though at times I flinched due to the graphic description that Kirino uses. If you are a fan of Japanese horror, you will love this book. Kirino writes in a way that transports you to the very world that these women are living in.