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Five long stories about unremarkable people caught up in situations beyond the boundaries of their experience.

Venice, Crete, Ireland, Jerusalem, East Anglia. The settings of Miss Daphne du Maurier's stories are as varied as the plots. A married couple enjoying a holiday in Venice are swept helplessly into a tragedy played out against a backdrop of murky canals and back all
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Hardcover, 303 pages
Published January 1974 by Doubleday (first published 1971)
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Barry Pierce
The first three stories in this collection (Don't Look Now, Not After Midnight, and A Border-Line Case) are absolutely wonderful. They're very atmospheric and, at times, chilling. I'd recommend this whole collection on those stories alone. However, it's the final two works (The Way of the Cross and The Breakthrough) that really let down this collection and thus rob it of a four-star rating. They're two bland stories that don't really offer much and only exist to disappoint.
Edward
--Don't Look Now
--Not After Midnight
--A Border-Line Case
--The Way of the Cross
--The Breakthrough
Ziba
Oct 07, 2015 Ziba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of five short stories, all totally unrelated to one another in terms of style, theme and even the prose. The first story, Don't Look Now, was really good and daunting, and it gives you that 'Du Maurier feel' that I love. The last story concluded the collection with a - for that time - sci-if story which was somewhat boring to read but surprisingly ended with chills. Good or bad, her stories always linger on... Overall a creepy collection by one of my fav writers.
Laurel
Apr 06, 2009 Laurel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca for the first time last month, and found it so intriguing that I finished it in just 2 days. I then of course became curious about her other works, and thought I'd give her short stories a try.

I admit I had no idea that Hitchcock based his movie The Birds on Du Maurier's short story by the same title (not to mention his film of Rebecca). It's not surprising, though, that Hitchcock was drawn to Du Maurier's story telling. As noted on the back cover of this book,
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Blair
There are numerous editions of this collection, and going by the reviews here on Goodreads, not all of them contain the same stories as the one I read. For the record, my edition contained five tales - the titular Don't Look Now followed by Not After Midnight, A Border-line Case, The Way of the Cross and The Breakthrough. Altogether, I enjoyed this anthology more than either of the full-length novels I've read by the author - yes, including Rebecca. I was delighted by the strangeness of the stor ...more
Çimen
Dec 31, 2015 Çimen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Five short stories by the author. I didn't know anything about them except the one-sentence blurbs, so it was quite entertaining to wait and see what I'd discover in each one.
-Don't Look Now: I really enjoyed this one; so we had a good start, this little book and I. There's a movie version that I'd like to watch.
-Not After Midnight: Hmmm, I was very intrigued as I read the first paragraph. The setting was wonderful and I was really curious about what this "bug" would turn out to be. Yet I felt
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Luke
Aug 20, 2014 Luke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit my purchase of this book was dictated by the knowledge that its titular short story was the basis for Nic Roeg's film Don't Look Now - a favourite and one of the best weird films of the '70s.

This title has been given to a number of du Maurier collections featuring variant stories, so it's worth noting that my version contained 'Don't Look Now', 'Not After Midnight', A Border-Line Case', 'The Way of the Cross' and 'The Breakthrough'.

The good news is that the stories that follow the
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Anna
Feb 08, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I picked up my first Daphne du Maurier novel, Rebecca, I have appreciated her writing style. Maurier has a way of making the everyday seem supernatural and pointing out the spooky unexpectedness of life. This book of short stories was no exception. The eclectic subject matter ranged from a science experiment with human consciousness to a weekend retreat in Italy which goes terribly wrong. Without including ghosts, witches, or gory murders, Maurier is able to scare her readers with the unus ...more
George
Dec 10, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I read only the story "Don't look now". The other stories i'll read them in the future.

Μόλις τελείωσα σε λιγότερες από δυο ωρίτσες την εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρουσα και καλογραμμένη αυτή νουβέλα, που κυκλοφόρησε ξεχωριστά στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Μελάνι, με τον τίτλο "Μετά τα μεσάνυχτα". Την Δάφνη Ντι Μοριέ την "γνώρισα" το 2012, διαβάζοντας τρεις ιστορίες της: "Οι μπλε φακοί", "Τα πουλιά" και "Φίλησέ με πάλι, άγνωστε". Οι δυο πρώτες είναι κλασικές στο είδος τους και εξαιρετικά ιντριγκαδόρικες κα
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G.R.
Not After Midnight was first published in the UK by Victor Gollancz Ltd. in 1971, with a dust jacket illustrated by Flavia Tower, du Maurier's daughter. The collection contains five tales: Don't Look Now, Not After Mid-night, A Border-Line Case, The Way of the Cross, The Breakthrough.

'Don't Look Now' is the most famous story of the collection, having been made into an excellent film, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie, in 1973. John and Laura are on holiday in Venice, trying to come t
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Karen
Feb 08, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Overall beautiful collection of short stories by Du Maurier. All of them touch on the odd and unexpected but in their own flavour. Common theme of taking people out of their home elements and somewhat twisting their world.

"Don't Look Now" - 5/5 - Creepy as tale of a couple on holiday, a psychic twins and messages from beyond.

"Not After Midnight" - 3/5 - Not the same level of creepy as "Don't Look Now", but still an interesting tale of schoolmaster trying to get a holiday. Hard to pick where the
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Jane Greensmith
Mar 12, 2010 Jane Greensmith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I followed up The Turn of the Screw with Daphne du Maurier's classic short story, Don't Look Now. Unlike Turn of the Screw, which left me irritated and puzzled, Don't Look Now delivered a satisfying thriller that kept me on the edge even though I had read the story years ago and sort of remembered how it worked.

I always thought the title was simply derived from the game that John and Laura play in the opening scene. It is, of course, but it also is a clue to how this story, and perhaps all good
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Brian Kenny
Oct 27, 2014 Brian Kenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A collection of five short novellas by Daphne Du Maurier. The novella's are in the genre of horror, with the exception of 'The way of the Cross' and 'A Borderline Case', which are more suspesne driven trillers with explorations of dark secrets and critiques of high society, rather than supernaturally based horror. Whereas, 'Don't Look Now',which was adapted for film by Nicolas Roeg's movie of the same name. 'The Breakthrough' and 'Not after Midnight', which have supernatural elements in them and ...more
Jessica
Du Maurier is a master story teller. Whether it's the tale of a married couple on holiday in Venice in order to heal after the loss of their child, and their encounter with a blind sister who sees that child with them; or the tale of an artist on holiday in Greece to paint, inhabiting the cottage where an archaeologist last stayed and drowned, and his encounter with a strange American couple; or a woman whose father dies with an expression of anguish and astonishment on his face and her quest to ...more
Steve
Mar 26, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A spontaneous purchase. Will this be as good as the film...?

Now finished...

Don't Look Now
A short story, set in Venice, about a recently bereaved couple in a city terrorised by a murderer. Du Maurier portrays the wife (and bereaved mother) as one desperately vulnerable; the father trying to move on, motivated by the terrifying fear that if he doesn't his wife will disintegrate into utter hopelessness and despair. This is a very short story, and the film offers further exploration of the charact
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Jigar Brahmbhatt
I have never read Du Maurier before, but I quite enjoyed Hitchcock's film based on her book Rebecca. Reading her stories for the first time, I liked the way she handles psychological tension. I must admit though that except the powerful 'Don't Look Now', all the other stories in this book are so-so. These stories are like tailor-made material for Gothic thrillers. The setting, plotting, and even the character sketches seem to be heading towards a singular goal: using words to create blinders-lik ...more
Louise
Crossposted/tweaked from my blog.

Originally published as Not After Midnight, this collections brings together five atmospheric short stories by Daphne du Maurier. They’re a bit of an odd bunch – a mix of the supernatural and the mundane. Some of them embrace the ‘unknown’ with psychics, pagan worship, and life after death, while others seem to be building you up towards that only to tear it away by having the explanation something completely grounded in reality. Whether you find this second-gues
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Christian Engler
Daphne Du Maurier's story collection, Don't Look Now, is a must-have for readers interested in the literary elements of the creepy, bizarre and gothic. Primarily known for her gothic novel Rebecca, Du Maurier was equally adept at the short story; her tightly written tales are of upper and middle class English people confronting situations that are outside the box of normality. One of my favorite stories is "Don't Look Now," in which a young English couple is traveling in Italy, trying to recover ...more
Johanna
May 23, 2011 Johanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of intelligently written, but daunting, short stories following in lieu of the warning that nothing is ever at it seems. I found that the most chilling aspect of these tales was how unassuming, and British, the characters were who fell into peril – from the mundane to the gruesome. Daphne du Maurier utilises the uncanny to create five slightly ambiguous, chilling, and engrossing stories. I thought that the best story in the book was The Breakthrough although there wasn’ ...more
Dottie
Oct 03, 2008 Dottie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Five of the scariest tales ever encountered but the truly terrifying story was the title offering. It was years before I returned to read it again. It held up very nicely!

Du Maurier's writing does stay with the reader long after the covers of the book are closed and the volume returned to the shelf. I think I'll get a copy of the newer book bearing this title as it appears there may be different stories contatined in it and it will be interesting to do a comparison of the contents -- and to rev
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Moloch
Delusione. È questa la du Maurier? Allora no, grazie.

Mi dispiace perché di quest'autrice sento dire solo cose meravigliose, ma questi 5 racconti mi hanno detto poco o nulla. C'è un orribile (e interminabile!) racconto in cui una cretina va in Irlanda per rintracciare un vecchio amico del padre, appena morto, per capire perché i due abbiano rotto i rapporti. Lui (che non sa chi sia realmente la ragazza) (view spoiler)
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Ellie
Jan 24, 2016 Ellie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating 2.5*

This rating is a little on the harsh side, however I had high expectations for a such a universally respected author, and sadly this collection of stories didn't live up to them.

Whilst Du Maurier was successful at creating an atmosphere and tone in each story, I felt each tale would have benefited from being longer, giving the chance for more character and plot development.

Partially due to the length of each story, I didn't feel a connection with any of the characters - their b
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Elizabeth
Jul 04, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GOD THAT WAS FANTASTIC! Everything I ever wanted as a child from spooky stories. I am so fulfilled.
Marlowe
Jul 17, 2015 Marlowe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing that struck me the most about this collection of stories is that it could have been classed as travel narratives just as easily as horror. I found it so interesting to read about exotic locations while at the same time getting a wonderfully-crafted suspense story!

Don't Look Now

I wanted to read this story after seeing the excellent movie with Donald Sutherland, and it certainly didn't disappoint! The pacing is delightfully slow with great suspense-building, and the story has one of the
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Monserrat
I was expecting a gothic Frankenstein style instead received a contemporary modern horror collection of short stories. I thought the stories were fine, my favorite was "A Border-Line Case" it was the more peculiar story out of the five. I expected more though.
Cheyenne Blue
"Don't Look Now" was, for a very long time, one of my favorite movies ever. The creepiness and fog of Venice. The elusive darting girl in a red raincoat. And of course that extremely **hot** sex scene between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie that was way ahead of its time in explicitness and erotic content.

The title story in this short anthology was nearly as good at the movie, and was definitely the standout story. Unfortunately, the anthology went generally downhill from there, to the poin
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Paul Valente
Some interesting stories, though the famous titular story is actually quite disappointing. The best story by far is the one detailing a calamitous trip to the Holy Land by pilgrims....worth reading for that story alone!
Lostaccount Darkpool
Anything by Du Maurier is worth reading. This is the third collection of hers that I've read. Can't remember ever reading a set of short stories I enjoyed so much as these (The Birds and other stories, and the Breaking Point stories), except for the Yates collections which I loved. So suspenseful and well written.
Larry Benjamin
Feb 24, 2013 Larry Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've, of course, read Rebecca. Still, the stories in Don't Look Now blew me away. Each story is very nearly perfectly rendered, from the stark horror of The Birds (I see why she never liked Hitchcock's movie based on her story)to the vengefulness of The Apple Tree, to the sheer spookiness of The Blue Lenses.

du Maurier's writing is like a single, dark tree branch in a windswept landscape at winter's end--stark, beautiful, full of promise.
Karina Halle
Mar 20, 2012 Karina Halle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this copy in a used bookstore in Wellington, New Zealand that was spilling over with Du Maurier and Raymond Chandler novels. HEAVEN! Wish I still had this book in my possession - the short stories were well done, particularly the Chamoix, and provided a quick glimpse into the wicked mind of one of my favorite authors. New goal: track this down again. Re-read.
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If Daphne du Maurier had written only Rebecca, she would still be one of the great shapers of popular culture and the modern imagination. Few writers have created more magical and mysterious places than Jamaica Inn and Manderley, buildings invested with a rich character that gives them a memorable life of their own.

In many ways the life of Daphne du Maurier resembles that of a fairy tale. Born int
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