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Don't Look Now and Other Stories

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  7,982 ratings  ·  807 reviews
A married couple on holiday in Venice are caught up in a sinister series of events. A lonely schoolmaster is impelled to investigate a mysterious American couple. A young woman loses her cool when she confronts her father's old friend on a lonely island. A party of British pilgrims meet strange phenomena and possible disaster in the Holy Land. A scientist abandons his scru ...more
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Published December 17th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company (first published August 1st 1940)
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Glenn Russell
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



Gripping, absolutely gripping – my listening to three Daphne du Maurier tales on audio: No Motive and two from this collection, Don’t Look Now and the author’s famous The Birds. Each reading spanning an hour and a half, the storytelling so compelling, picking up dramatic momentum every single minute, I dare not take a break until the shocking conclusion. And to add a bit more atmosphere to my listening to The Birds, out my apartment window, down at the pond, a gaggle of Canadian Geese started ho
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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
Amalia Gkavea
‘’The twins were standing there, the blind one still holding on to her sister’s arm, her sightless eyes fixed firmly upon him. He felt himself held, unable to move, and an impending sense of doom, of tragedy, came upon him. His whole being ragged, as it were, in apathy, and he thought, ‘This is the end, there is no escape, no future.’’

On the back cover of this edition, there is a quote found in the Daily Telegraph, ‘Du Maurier has no equal.’ The truth of these words can be found in practical
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mark monday
Daphne du Maurier takes a dip into the deep and murky waters of the human condition. What did she find there? Certainly not treasure. Egos punctured and hopes shattered, mysteries solved but in the worst way, the soul turned into a commodity, the wrecks of dreams and desires... just another day at the beach for the chilly and not particularly empathetic Ms. du Maurier, who is all too familiar with humanity's constant ability to fool itself.

The talent on display reminded me of both Ruth Rendell a
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Sarah
Jan 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The film adaptation of ”Don’t Look Now” is regarded by some as one of the best pieces of British cinema. It has long been a favourite of mine and I am delighted to say I enjoyed the short story it is based upon very much, incredibly well-written. It grips you from beginning to end, slowly building that sense of foreboding. It was the opening tale in this collection of four short stories.
It follows a couple - John and his grief-stricken wife Laura, who are holidaying in Venice after the death of
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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. ...more
Chris M.H
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Quite the collection of thrillers. Not only did these short stories take me on a metaphysical haunted theme park ride but I took pleasure in travelling alongside true power of imagination and awe.

The ideas behind most of these stories express themselves as very fresh and intelligent, especially the first ‘Don’t look now’ the second ‘Not after Midnight’ and the last ‘The Breakthrough’, being surprisingly complex for short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these with the total confusion and di
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Bam cooks the books ;-)
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
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David
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nyrb
Daphne Du Maurier is very British. And I am very not. Her language leaves me at a cool, unengaged distance, mostly—which clearly isn't desirable for the kind of fiction she traffics in (i.e., horror, basically, but of a more cerebral variety). Two of the stories in this collection ('The Birds' and 'Don't Look Now') have been adapted into films by Alfred Hitchcock and Nicholas Roeg, respectively. In the former case, Du Maurier's story easily outshines Hitchcock's goofy, overlong film—and is certa ...more
Lotte
An interesting collection full of stories of subtle (and in some cases, not so subtle) horror and suspense. My favourite was definitely the title story, Don't Look Now, and sadly, some stories didn't really work for me, hence the 3-star rating. ...more
Andrew
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is part of my treasured Folio collection and its a cracker.

The book collects Daphne du Maurier's macabre stories together which span her writing career.

The book contains several famous short stories which I am sure have been more succinctly and creatively reviewed than I could have achieved plus I do not give spoilers.

I think the only exception would be the Birds the last story in this collected edition and one which was the basis of Hitchcocks classic.

The reason why I focus on this one
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El
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Josiah, Rhonda, Kamdine
Recommended to El by: Ivan and some other GR friends
(ETA Movie Review at the end)

It's hard to review collections of short stories. I look at collections of short stories as either being good. Or bad. Rarely am I on the fence about all the stories in the set - there's usually one or two that I enjoy, probably another one or two that I thought were lame, etc.

With Don't Look Now I can't say that I liked some and didn't like others. They were all brilliant. Du Maurier had a knack for writing purely from the imagination. I saw it first in Rebecca and
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Mike

I'd be hard-pressed to identify weak links in this collection. "Indiscretion" is light and fun, but maybe doesn't pack as much of a wallop as the author intended; the last and longest story, "Monte Verita", is a bit obvious and sentimental, but still ambitious and different. Other than that, I really enjoyed these...let's call them uncanny stories, most of which are fairly dark and perverse; not quite, say, Paul Bowles-level dark and perverse, but with a real gratifyingly sharp edge to them, jus
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Daniel
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written, well constructed, patient stories that nearly all veer into the supernatural. Sometimes they border on gimicks and a few of them are twilight zone material (one, "Blue Lenses," actually was a Twilight Zone episode, I think). At least one equisite little tale "La Sainte-Vierge" comes to perfect closure and then tacks on a superfluous "explanation" of something that is otherwise fully explained by the story itself. Such sporadic moments of questionable taste exihibit Du Maurier's pop ...more
Lee
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Expertly wrought tales of intrigue and nastiness.
Amanda NEVER MANDY
I am a huge fan of short story collections. Instead of reading a chapter or two while waiting for the doctor you can knock out a whole story. This collection wasn’t the best of the best, but it did entertain.

“Don’t Look Now” - 4 Stars
A husband and wife on holiday after a family loss find themselves in the middle of much more than they expected.

It makes sense that this story is the one that had a movie made from it. It had great buildup and the ending was one that the reader wouldn’t expect.

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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 s
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antiquarian reverie
Daphne du Maurier is one of my favorite authors and she has never disappointed me thus far. These five longish short stories, each with a different focus but all surprising and unpredictable or at least to me.
*Don't Look Now (1971)- Is about a couple on vacation in Venice, trying to enjoy life after their daughter's death but circumstances and possible psychic happenings have put a wrench into those plans.
*Not After Midnight (1971) A schoolteacher on vacation to Greece finds not the rest and r
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Tristram Shandy
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E. G.
--Don't Look Now
--Not After Midnight
--A Border-Line Case
--The Way of the Cross
--The Breakthrough
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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
Natalie Richards
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
I loved the title story, Don`t Look Now (I must watch the film again; I saw it years ago and it frightened the life out of me!) but I didn`t like all the short stories in this collection, especially the last two. But it`s du Maurier and I love her, so still 4 stars from me! ...more
S.P. Aruna
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Great writing in this collection of short stories, though the stories are not so short, more like novellas. Most of the stories carry a sense of dread, and Ms du Maurier takes her time, patiently setting up the foundation, and increasing the sense of uneasiness with every page until it rises to a crescendo. In most of the stories, when the ending finally comes, it almost seems anti-climactic, but actually links back to the beginning - it is well worth the reader's effort to go back to the first ...more
Yórgos St.
An absolute classic and an utterly weird one. The movie version of the story is equally disturbing and effective. The ending both of the book and film is genuinely terrifying. It almost gave me a heart attack the first time I watched it.
Andrea
Rating and review is only for the title story - I may read the others at some time in the future.

First published in 1971 and presumably written not too long before then, Don't Look Now is a sinister little story set in Venice. It was popularised by the 1973 movie adaptation by Nicolas Roeg.

Having recently lost their young daughter Christine to a sudden illness, British couple John and Laura have taken their grief to Italy, where they had honeymooned 10 years earlier. On a daytrip to Torcello Joh
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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
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Kirk Smith
Nov 21, 2016 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
Ziba
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Luke
Aug 18, 2014 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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Nancy Oakes
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uk-fiction
a 3.8 rounded up

If you've read Rebecca and you think that's all there is to Daphne Du Maurier, think again. This collection goes well beyond Manderley, taking the reader into lives that seem very normal until you begin to notice that something is just not quite right -- and by then, it's too late to stop reading.

If you want the longer version, feel free to click on through to my online reading journal ; otherwise, stick with the shorter version here.

You'll find that the author covers a range
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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.

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