Piercing by Ryu Murakami

Piercing

Ryu Murakami

Even though I was sickened by it I had to keep on reading. It's compelling and it get's better as it goes on. The story certainly didn't turn out as I expected and in fact I found I had really enjoyed it!

Extract

His entire body clenched, and the tip of the ice pick grazed the baby's cheek. He switched off the penlight and slowly exhaled. As he turned to face his wife, he palmed the ice pick and slipped it handle first into his pocket.

Parallels
  • In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami
  • Innocent World by Amy Sakurai

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