This is the story of a young family who moves into a new apartment that is surrounded by a graveyard, a crematorium and a temple. The price is right so they are still looking forward to their new home. Immediately upon moving in strange things start to happen; their bird dies, their daughter sees ghosts. They soon realize there are dark secrets in this apartment building and they want to leave but unfortunately the apartment building has no plans to let them go.
This was originally written in the 1980's and in Japanese. This is the translated version. While I enjoyed the book for the most part, I felt it moved slowly and there was a lot of repeating of things. I'm not sure if that was the author's intent and/or writing style or if it was a by product of the translation. Either way it effected my overall enjoyment of the book.
This was creepy but not really scary. It was not gory so that is a bonus for people looking to avoid that in their horror stories. Overall I enjoyed it but I can't say that I loved it. I prefer my horror stories to be a bit scarier.
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 Apartment is arguably Koike’s masterpiece. Originally published in Japan in 1986, Koike’s novel is the suspenseful tale of a young family that believes it has found the perfect home to grow into, only to realize that the apartment’s idyllic setting harbors the specter of evil and that longer they stay, the more trapped they become.
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 moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again.