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Now You're One of Us

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  677 ratings  ·  135 reviews
In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby, here is a new classic about the bride who's no longer sure what to think. All families have their own rituals, secrets, and credos, like a miniature religious cult; these quirks may elicit the mirth or mild alarm of guests, but the matter is rather more serious if you're marrying into a househ ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Vertical (first published December 1993)
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and now i know there is such thing as japanese gothic! i knew japanese horror, but this is more specific: it's got all the crumbling mansions and sexual taboos and whispered midnight conversations of my preferred irish gothic, only farther away. and it's not bad. the back copy said it was like rebecca meets rosemary's baby, and dana said she didn't understand what that could mean, but after reading it, i do. it's not inaccurate. and now i know something dana doesn't know. so that's two things le ...more
No guts, no glory! After a long, frustrating crawl toward the denouement and climax of the novel, the characters fail to deliver any truly chilling, compelling, titillating or otherwise moving material. Noriko, the heroine of this story, is constantly feeling faint, sweating profusely due to her "nerves," weeping or insufferably blurting out her suspicions to the bad guys with no hope of taking action. I found myself begging her to do something interesting, or at least spy effectively on her cre ...more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A woman marries after a whirlwind romance. She goes to live with her husband and the in laws in a massive house, where four generations of a very close family live in harmony. The family are perfect, too perfect in many ways, and minor anomalies begin to grate. But the family is close knit and she cannot penetrative their defences.

Random acquaintances hint at secrets and wrongdoings, and there are a series of strange events and happenings - murders and miracles maybe. Is she imagining things?

Alex (The Bookubus)
Aug 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Noriko marries into the Shito family and as she settles into married life and being part of her new family she begins to have suspicions that all is not as it seems.

The comparison to Rosemary's Baby is spot on and it almost feels like a retelling at times with some story beats being almost identical. (The mention of anime character Honeybee Hutch has to be a reference to Rosemary's friend Hutch, right?) But Nonami still manages to make the story feel like its own thing and it goes in a different
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The title tells you this book will be creepy, the cover tells you it'll be gross, and the book turned out to be the perfect composite of creepy and gross I was looking for. ...more
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Dark, disturbing psychological read. Noriko accepts an offer of an arranged marriage. She goes to live with her large family but things just don't ring true. Unnerving! ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: entertainment
***Spoilers included***
Well, I can’t speak to the writing style since this was a translation and that wouldn’t be fair, so I’ll stick with the plot. This book was WTF and not in a “good” way for a thriller.

Plot: Against her mother and friend’s advice, Noriko moves into the Shitos’s house after marrying the son, a family of eight including a great grandmother who allegedly can’t walk, a grandfather who allegedly can’t talk, a mentally impaired brother and his alleged sister, a mother and father,
Shonna Froebel
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: translations
This is a strangely hypnotic novel. Noriko has recently married into the Shito family, a family in which many generations live together in one house. Her mother tried to dissuade her from this choice, but she felt strongly attracted to her husband Kazuhito and, after meeting his family, was impressed by the friendliness of his extended family.
As she settles into the household she is impressed by how good-natured everyone is. The family has significant holdings and lives in a house with a big yar
This Japanese horror-mystery is a waste of space on the paper it was printed on.

Now You're One Of Us tells the story of a young naive bride Noriko who, despite her reservations, moves in with her handsome, sweet husband Kazuhito's large family, which is made up of four generations of Shitos. They seem the perfect family at first, always cheerful, warm and friendly. But maybe there's more to them than meets the eye...

Are the close-knit Shitos hiding a gross secret? Is the heroine Noriko going c
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Let me start by saying that everything you need to know about Now You're One of Us is perfectly conveyed on the cover. Really, this has to be my favourite cover of all time. I bought the book knowing absolutely nothing about the story but I knew it was going to be great with that cover. Pube in the soap!

I suppose I should also preface this review by saying that if you're uptight about, well, pretty much anything then Now You're One of Us probably isn't for you. I'm about as rel
Audra (ouija.reads)
Nonami has been on my list for a long while, and I was drawn to this book in part because of the intriguing cover. It makes me a bit squeamish, and the juxtaposition between cleanliness and dirtiness and all the unspoken mystery evoked with just that one little hair signaling that something is out of place is pretty impressive.

The narrative follows main character Noriko, who has just married into a wealthy family and is expected to live at the family home with all her husband’s relatives. They a
Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this dark and deeply uncomfortable Japanese gothic tale about a woman who moves in with her wealthy in-laws and realizes there is something very, very wrong with her new family. The beginning is a little slow, and this is quite a short novel that could do with more build-up, but all throughout there is this sense of dread and wrongness that descended upon me. I had to finish it soon because I couldn't imagine stretching out my discomfort. Noriko's descent into par ...more
T. Frohock
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story; although I believe a deeper understanding of Japanese culture on my part would have enhanced the layers Nonami placed within her novel. The story is psychological horror, and Noriko's slow descent and acceptance into the family she marries into is riveting, but those expecting an American aesthetic to the narrative might be disappointed. This is simply a story in which the reader must trust the author. ...more
Damien Angelica Walters
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark and unsettling.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 52-in-2020
Bro What In The Fuck
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Well, that was disturbing. Will post a full review after my book club discussion!
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Because they owe someone money, Noriko's parents agree to consider an arranged marriage between her and Kazuhito Shito. Kazuhito is handsome, kind, and wealthy. The marriage's main drawback is that Noriko would be expected to move away from her small town and live with Kazuhito and multiple generations of his family in their home in Tokyo. It makes Noriko nervous, but Kazuhito is wonderful and everyone in his family seems so nice when she meets them. In the end, she agrees to the marriage.

Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have found a true Japanese gothic and I am head over heels in love! Now You’re One of Us is the story of a young woman that marries into a very large, traditional Japanese family. All members of the family live under the same roof in a sprawling estate, they welcome her with open arms and heap constant praise on her. She comes to love the family, but Noriko can’t help but feel that there is something off about this family.

Despite now being part of the family, Noriko feels like there is a wall
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Maybe something was lost in the traslation of this book, but I thought it was just dull. Instead of creating an atmosphere of suspense, the author just states the facts. Could have been a really creepy book.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: japan
EW!!!! I was totally prepared to give this book four stars until I almost threw-up over the ending! I really liked it up until that part, but I just cannot give it a higher rating after THAT. Too gross...too bad!
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: japanese-lit, owned
A creepy, atmospheric mystery! Highly underrated!
Check out my full video review of it here:
David Stephens
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Although it begins with a writing style and characterizations that seem juvenile and simplistic (though, this could be partially due to the translation), Asa Nonami's Now You're One of Us slowly develops a more mature voice and, at least, a main character who has more depth than it may first appear. Nonami handles the book's hallucinogenic moments well, causing some reader disorientation without being totally confusing. She also gives just enough access into the protagonist Noriko's thought proc ...more
Jos M
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: japan, cult-antics, adult
Charitably, I don't think I understood this. Follows the world's dumbest woman who after an arranged-ish (Japanese-style arranged, more of an introduction service that a binding contract as I understand it) marriage to a wealthy, handsome young gent moves - in the time-honored fashion we've come to expect - to his family's wealthy estate in a remote area Tokyo (!) and comes to see that something is very wrong with her new extended family of inlaws. Look, I love Gothic fiction. I read a lot of Ja ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Non-supernatural gothic tale of an influential, wealthy family in Japan, with shades of horror.

For some reason, I was expecting a werewolf book--it was the hair on the soap on the cover. But instead I found shades of Rebecca, focused not on the house the wealthy family lives in, but the interconnected relationships between them. A horrifically specific depiction of brainwashing, will definitely put the hairs up on the back of your neck. When I read it in September, I was like, "This was good, bu
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Reading the summary for this book it does not do this story justice. If you strip it to its general theme, sure it has similarities to those books. However, it so much more than that. Its disturbing and really really addictive. Once you start reading it, you just cannot stop. You need to know what the secret is, what are these people hiding. In the end, oh man, the ending is vomit inducing and you just cannot look away because you need to know how it finally ends. And the ending is wow something ...more
Dawn Betts-Green
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, that was...odd.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Asa Nonami has created a novel that leaves a lasting impression, a story of witchcraft, psychosis, and overweening children, but I should warn potential readers, it's a long time coming. I should concede that this is possibly characteristic of Japanese writing, and definitely characteristic of crime writing, but Now You're One of Us takes a long time getting to the story, and for someone like me with limited time to spend reading for leisure, this can be frustrating. Her story has been compared ...more
Every family is different and the old ones even more so. When Noriko meets and marries her husband, Kazuhito, within only a few months it doesn’t matter because they love each other and she likes his family. But living with the eight Shito’s on their secluded land starts to put Noriko on edge as she slowly starts to notice the odd happenings. With visitor’s coming to see the elderly great-grandmother for wisdom, the late night family meetings of which Noriko is excluded from, to time playing fas ...more
May 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Comment on first reading: I file this one under noir because it is the story of a helpless soul not unlike what one might find in Gil Brewer or Cornell Woolrich. But rather than a weak man against an Evil Woman (as in Brewer) or a powerless man (or woman) against Implacable Fate (as in Woolrich), here we have a woman (a new bride) against a traditional, multigenerational Japanese family, and it is this added cultural dimension that makes this book more than just another trip around the same old ...more
Feb 16, 2008 rated it liked it
In Japanese, the title of this book is ANKI (Remembrance) which doesn't quite capture the creepiness of this tale. I love the English title (so insidious, don't you think?) and the bar of soap with a hair stuck to it.

In this novel, Noriko falls in love with and marries the scion of a multi-generational family. Although her mother warns her that it won't be easy living with so many people under one roof, she enjoys her new first. Then she starts to have suspicions about the explosion do
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