The Graveyard Apartment

The Graveyard Apartment

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"One of the most popular writers working in Japan today, Mariko Koike is a recognized master of detective fiction and horror writing. Known in particular for her hybrid works that blend these styles with elements of romance, The Graveyard Apartment is arguably Koike's masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike's novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize that the apartment's idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become. This tale of a young married couple who harbor a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building start to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone ... or something ... lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again"--
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250060549
1250060540
Branch Call Number: FIC KOIKE, MARIKO
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Boehm, Deborah Boliver - Translator

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abcDena
Apr 15, 2017

What a creepy little ghost story! Sinking into this slow-burn ghost story felt a lot like Shirley Jackson's amazing novel, The Haunting of Hill House. The writing style felt like Shirley Jackson period, maybe even a bit of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I just loved it. The characters had a hard time leaping off the page at first, as Koike doesn't take care to really flesh them out. However, as the plot progresses and ups the creep-factor, that tiny failure becomes less noticeable. I think this being a 30 year old novel probably helps it be more readable, as I find modern horror and ghost stories to be choppy and rely too heavily on conversations to reveal plot and character. Koike works on ATMOSPHERE and for that, I shall not complain. Great read. I ripped through it in about a day-and-a-half.

Thank you, Hamilton Public Library, for purchasing this book upon request! It is available as an ebook, as well.

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carrie_47
Nov 21, 2016

This was a pretty good book but no scares, thrills or horror

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klosemarilyn
Nov 19, 2016

"The Graveyard Apartment" is a awesome book. It starts at the beginning and lasts to the very last page of for ending Horror!!

A must read novel...............

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