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Don't Look Now

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  3,976 Ratings  ·  319 Reviews
The title novella of this collection features John and Laura who are on holiday in Venice. But it is a dangerous place for them as they are being followed by two old sisters and there is a killer on the loose.
Hardcover, 303 pages
Published 1971 by Doubleday & Company, Inc.
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Barry Pierce
May 29, 2015 Barry Pierce rated it liked it
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.
Nickolas the Kid
Ο Τζον και η Λόρα βρίσκονται σε ένα ταξίδι στην Βενετία, σε μια προσπάθεια να επουλώσουν τα ψυχολογικά τραύματα που τους έχει προκαλέσει ο θάνατος της μικρής τους κόρης. Εκεί, και πιο συγκεκριμένα σε ένα από τα νησιά της λιμνοθάλασσας της Βενετίας, το Τορτσέλλο, θα συναντήσουν 2 περίεργες Αγγλίδες δίδυμες αδελφές (η μια τυφλή και μέντιουμ) οι οποίες θα ισχυριστούν πως μπορούν αν επικοινωνήσουν με την νεκρή τους κόρη.

Η ψυχολογικά εύθραυστη Λόρα θα επηρεαστεί σε μεγάλο βαθμό από τα λεγόμενα του μέ
Happy Short Story Month! (May, 2017)
This is a collection of five short stories by Daphne du Maurier (Don't Look Now, The Breakthrough, Not After Midnight, A Border-Line Case, The Way of the Cross) which exhibit the great versatility and inventiveness of the author. The topics vary from psychic precognition, to scientific experimentation, to possible murder, to incest, and finally to various forms of public humiliation (atonement for sins?) All were interesting but I found some of the endings a b
Steven  Godin
Having seen the 1973 film adaptation of "Don't Look Now" many years ago which completely freaked me out, I thought this would somewhat take the gloss off the reading experience simply because it contained one of the most shocking finales in history, but thankfully I needn't have worried. Although the other four short stories in this collection are every bit as chilling it's "Don't Look Now" that stands out from the rest as a terrifying masterpiece of slow-burning tension, which is spine-chilling ...more
Tom Mathews
A word of caution: Do not confuse this book, Don't Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier Don't Look Now and Other Stories with Don't Look Now Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier by Daphne du Maurier Don't Look Now: Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier. They are not the same book. The only things they have in common are the the title story and the author. Both books are fine, mind you, but if you are participating in a group discussion and the stories you are reading aren't the same as what everyone else is reading, you will likely feel left out in the cold.

That said, this is a fine collection of stories
--Don't Look Now
--Not After Midnight
--A Border-Line Case
--The Way of the Cross
--The Breakthrough
Feb 19, 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.
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
Mar 21, 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,
Kirk Smith
Nov 21, 2016 Kirk Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
This is a collection of five novella length short stories in the range of 50-70 pages. Venice, Crete, Ireland, Jerusalem, and East Anglia are the settings. For a better synopsis see the GR review of this edition. Apparently there are a couple of collections by the same name, I almost reviewed the wrong edition. I am a diehard fan of Du Maurier and find her quite fascinating. I place her work somewhere between that of Patricia Highsmith and Shirley Jackson. Some of the subjects she pursues are ps ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Luke rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca McNutt
Just an extra word or two: if you've never seen the spectacular 1973 Italian-British film Don't Look Now, it's definitely one you should watch because it's truly a classic!

This collection of stories has inspired film and television for years, it's been released in numerous editions and it deals with difficult topics such as grief, a subject often not spoken of back in the day. Each of these stories has a moral message within its words, and beautiful worldly imagery and excellent suspense aside,
Sep 07, 2015 Çimen rated it liked it
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
Feb 20, 2016 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don’t Look Now; a collection of five (long) short stories by Daphne Du Maurier first published in 1971 show her to have been a superb writer of shorter fiction as well as novels. I am reminded though, that I haven’t read nearly enough of her novels. Although not everyone does, I love short stories – the right kind of short stories, what I think of as my kind, which are those that aren’t trying to be too clever. My kind of short stories usually come wrapped in covers of soft dove grey these days, ...more
Jun 28, 2013 Anna rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2016 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of five stories. Five atmospheric, unusual stories.
The unusualness is what helps make them captivating. Each story is set in a very different environment from the others, so each has it's own individual atmosphere. I found this made the reading experience varied and interesting - and despite there being five different stories in this short volume, the characters and their surroundings were vivid and memorable.
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 26, 2016 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of five stories which I think were printed in this volume for the first time. I haven't read much du Maurier but it's not what I'd expected since the stories are not really suspense or Gothic at all. Each story is approximately 50 pages which is, I think, an awkward length for short stories, too long to be short and too short to be novellas. They either felt like they dragged on too long or were just beginning when they ended. However, my average rating comes out to 4 stars when rou ...more
Lee Foust
Sep 17, 2015 Lee Foust rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would. I was particularly impressed by du Maurier's crackling prose and concise diction. Good heavens she makes Hemingway look like an amateur! What a craftsperson!

Beyond the immense and joyful readability and terrific clarity of the stories' images, believable dialogue, and snappy plotting, I was also overcome by a great sense of visual nostalgia as I read. Having grown up watching late night horror and sci-fi movies on TV during the 1970s, thes
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
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
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
Jan 17, 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
Dec 25, 2014 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
Sep 20, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2011 Johanna rated it really liked it
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
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
Robledo Cabral
While never very much concerned with experimental fiction – never attempting to stretch and obliterate the conventions of prose as we know them –, Daphne Du Maurier has, in the past decades, held a pride of place in the field of Western literature. Her prominence is largely due to the early publication of Rebecca, her beloved 1938 masterpiece, later made into a movie by Alfred Hitchcock. Rebecca’s success can be said to emanate chiefly from one major aspect of Du Maurier’s style: her careful man ...more
tom bomp
Feb 22, 2016 tom bomp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the edition with Don't Look Now, Not After Midnight, A Border-line Case, The Way of the Cross and The Breakthrough.

Don't Look Now: After reading this I was thinking about it the entire rest of the day. It explores interesting gender themes around the "emotional" woman and the "rational" man. If you're reading it as a kind of suspense thing the ending will probably annoy you but imo it works well. The suspense works well and it's in general really interesting as well as showing the limita
Roger Brunyate
Setting and Suspense

It should be no surprise that the author who had conjured up Manderley should be marvelous in her use of physical settings. "Don't Look Now," the title story, is the perfect embodiment of the sinister side of Venice, as those who recall the Nicholas Roeg movie will recall. And remarkably precise, down to street names and minor alleys; contrast Ian McEwan who, when he surely imitated it in The Comfort of Strangers, did not specify his Venicelike city. "The Way of the Cross" is
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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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 a fairy tale. Born into a fami
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