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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  5,099 ratings  ·  444 reviews
John and Laura have come to Venice to try and escape the pain of their young daughter's death. But when they encounter two old women who claim to have second sight, they find that instead of laying their ghosts to rest they become caught up in a train of increasingly strange and violent events.

The four other haunting, evocative stories in this volume also explore deep fea
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Paperback, 303 pages
Published (first published 1971)
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Catherine I think that is when the transformation he glimpses in the story was in place at the neighbor's bungalow. After midnight. But this is one of the most…moreI think that is when the transformation he glimpses in the story was in place at the neighbor's bungalow. After midnight. But this is one of the most oblique stories in the book. Clearly the author was transformed too -- into a drunken lover of young boys? A satyr? But de Maurier really doesn't tell us enough to be sure. I was less happy with this story.(less)

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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
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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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.
Bam
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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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.
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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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 stori
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classic 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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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,
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Edward
--Don't Look Now
--Not After Midnight
--A Border-Line Case
--The Way of the Cross
--The Breakthrough
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.

A
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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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  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
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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 two days. I then 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, her writ
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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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Catherine ♡
Listened to the audiobook - it was a little confusing at first, but the music and sound effects really added to the mood of the stories.
Wyndy
Other reviewers have noted that there is some confusion between this book and the NYRB Originals edition by almost the same name. I immediately noted that the copy I downloaded was missing ‘The Birds’ and ‘Blue Lenses’ so I’ve moved my review to the version I actually read, instead of the one I THOUGHT I was reading. I’ll now have to track down NYRB’s ‘Don’t Look Now - SELECTED STORIES.’

This collection was still a worthy read though, leading me on a whirlwind tour of rich locales - Venice, Crete
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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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Çimen
Sep 07, 2015 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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Anna
Jun 28, 2013 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
Faye
Read: June 2019

Don't Look Now - 4/5 stars
Not After Midnight - 4/5 stars
A Border-Line Case - 3/5 stars
The Way of the Cross - 3/5 stars
The Breakthrough - 3/5 stars
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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Ali
Feb 20, 2016 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
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
Karen
Dec 25, 2014 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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Hayley
I really wanted to like this collection more than I did. I can say with confidence that I enjoyed The Way of the Cross and eeriness of Don't Look Now, but it's hard to tell if I'm being heavily influenced since I've already seen Nic Roeg's film multiple times. I had high hopes for Not After Midnight, just to be horribly confused in the end which resulted in a reread. The Breakthrough was just okay and A Border-Line Case was far too uncomfortable. Du Maurier's stories are definitely dated and spr ...more
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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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“My complaint is universal, and has been so through the ages, an excuse for jest and hilarious laughter from earliest times, until one of us oversteps the mark and becomes a menace to society. Then we are given the boot. The passerby averts his gaze, and we are left to crawl out of the ditch alone, or stay there and die.” 2 likes
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