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{Book Review} THE GRAVEYARD APARTMENT by Mariko Koike

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I knew about it being translated from Japanese. I knew that it was originally published in the 1980s. Other than that, I like to be surprised by books. I don’t normally read the synopsis for books because they tend to give too much of the story away. The same can be said for film trailers. I don’t watch them because they show some pivotal plot points that can ultimately give the story away. Sorry about that little rant, guys. Let’s dive into this review.

A terrifying tale of a young family who move into an apartment building next to a graveyard and the horrors that are unleashed on them. The cover caught my eye, so I had to give this one a go. What’s not to like about a graveyard near an apartment? Well, I’m about to tell you. 

This book starts off on a great note, then it slows to a crawl. The book kept talking about the basement of the apartment building. Weird things start to happen to the occupants, and the longer the couple stays there, the more likely they are to get trapped. Okay. So, the apartment is occupied by several people, but as the story progresses people leave one by one. The book points towards the basement time and time again. 

This is very much an atmospheric horror story. The author throws out a possibility of why strange things are occurring, but it’s a typical red herring. Surprise! The story ends up in the basement where we are left with a clunky, yet terrifying conclusion. I say it’s clunky because of the way the antagonists are depicted. The author bounces between two different things, which left me scratching my head. The whole premise is awesome, though. I’m not saying any more about the ending. It was probably lost in translation.

The author builds the tone and dread really well. I like the writing style, but there is almost too much filler. I think it would have worked better as a novella, though. 

Would I read this author again? That is a yes. I liked this book.

3/5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐

Categories: Book Reviews

3 replies »

  1. Love this cover! Sad that it's a bit slow and clunky, but sounds like you enjoyed it over all!I completely agree with your rant. I also agree with all of those thoughts. I normally do not read the synopsis, especially if someone else points out a book, I'll just check the cover and grab it! Just seems safer that way.

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