The Graveyard Apartment
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 ...more
The story starts out slow for me, but after about 40% it takes off. There are little things in the beginning, stuff with the bird that pass and kept coming back and everyone being creeped out by the basement where the storage units were . . . and then . . . it all gets cray!
When these bizarre things start happe ...more
Misao and Teppei are married and have a young daughter, but in ways their happiness, and the very legitimacy of their relationship, is marred by a tragedy involving Teppei's first wife. They buy an apartment in a brand-new luxury building, proud to finally have a space that's truly "theirs." Their new home is spacious and affordable, but t ...more
When shown around the building the family discovers one odd design flaw to the place, the basement only has access via the elevator ...more
Although I've visited Japan, asking people what they thought of living near cemeteries never came up ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free ebook copy of The Graveyard Apartment By: Mariko Koike in exchange for an honest review.
Short Review Summary:
Atmospheric, good tension, and slow building.
The first thing that drew me to The Graveyard Apartment is the cover, but the other thing that really caught my attention is that it was originally published (in 1986, the year I was born) in Japan. I enjoy Japanese horror and I feel like it's something that ...more
brief plot etc: here.
The synopsis of this novel sounded like something right up my horror-reading alley, and it had potential to become a definite spine chiller had I not felt like I was reading a twisted Japanese version of the movie Poltergeist. Not only was this book a "been there, done that" sort of thing for me, but it moved at a snail's pace -- while some weird things happened, they did so sort of piecemeal, with a lot of space in between which for me only deadened any sort of creep fact ...more
Nope. Turns out it can just be stilted and kind of boring.
Conceptually it’s fine: a family moves into an apartment building erected right next to a graveyard and starts experiencing weird shit. The execution is where it’s lacking. I don’t know if it’s a style thing or a translation thing or just a bad combination of the two, ...more
WHAT EVIL IS INSIDE THE BASEMENT!!
As the story progresses Teppei is warned by Mr Suji to keep out of there but he just makes a joke of it saying What's down there Monsters or something But te resident said something more sinister>
It is not until one of the residents tells Mi ...more
Happiness and peace do not come easily when minor disturbances start to happen that the family cannot ignore. The graveyard located nearby has the tenants wondering if their living arrangements aren't a dream come true, but a nightmare ready to be unleashed.
The premise for this story is what motivated me to request it. I picked it up and put it down many a time and with the ...more
THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT, by Mariko Koike was first written in 1986, and later translated into English. The novel takes place in Japan, where the Kano family--Teppei, Maseo, and their young daughter--move into an extremely affordable apartment that they can finally consider a "place of their own". In fact, if it weren't for the fact that it's surrounded by a cemetery and crematorium, the place would almost seem ideal. . .
This was a very atmospheric and slow-burn type of "supernatural h ...more
The story takes place in 1987 and revolves around the Kan ...more
There was so much silliness. A basement that can only be accessed by an elevator (gee, I wonder if something bad ...more
I picked this book up because I was looking for not only a scare but a scare from another culture. I wanted to compare a Japanese take on horror to that of North Americans. It is a different kind horror than most Americans are used to consuming. We like our horror to be fast-paced, heartbeat-skipping, and sleepless night inducing.
This book did not check the first box. It was a slow build, whic ...more
The Graveyard Apartment: A Novel caught my eye because I love J-Horror, and the idea of a book centered around the occupants of an almost empty building, across from a graveyard??? Count me in! So here I am, assuming that that means I'll get a lot of supernatural moments. Moments that typically start off small in that 'did I imagine it?' sense, building up to a full-blown haunting that terrorizes and terrifies all in i ...more
The insight into Japanese culture, which I know little about;
The main characters had an interesting background that made them complex and the author risked making them very unsympathetic characters because of it;
The creepy scenes in the basemen ...more
Translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm
The nitty-gritty: An atmospheric and creepy ghost story that kept me turning the pages, but ultimately suffered from awkward writing and plotting.
I thought it would be nice to close out the month with a ghost story, especially since today is Halloween! I was initially drawn to The Graveyard Apartment because of the chilling cover art, depicting an apartment building set against a stormy sky, smack dab in the middle of a cemetery. The book was originally publish...more
The book started out with a promising setup. The narrative was quite slow paced, but the premise initially kept me intrigued. Unfortunately, the story took too long to get going and never managed to create suspense or terror. For a translation, the writing was fairly clean. Overall, this was a good premise for a horror novel that failed in the execution.
The only horrifying aspect of The Graveyard Apartment was how not horrifying it was.
First, I didn't realize the book was published in the early 90s and was just released in the US as a paperback. That's why I couldn't understood why the events took place in the late 80s. How retro.
Secondly, the premise of the story felt very cliche-y because ...more
As for the part where it's horror, I felt like it was my kind of horror. Koike spends a lot of time slowly build ...more
From The Book:
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 momen ...more
The story has all the building blocks for a great horror novel. Bu ...more
Horror is my ultimate weakness. Anything that has the potential to be spo ...more