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Dark Water [Hardcover]

Koji Suzuki
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1 Aug 2005

A selection of deliciously spooky short stories from the Japanese master of suspense, the acclaimed author of RING. The film DARK WATER is based on the first story in the collection.

Suzuki demonstrates the power of his psychological insight into the mechanics of fear in this highly atmospheric collection of stories unified by the theme of water.

Following her divorce, Yoshimi Matsubara lives with her five-year-old daughter Ikuko in a depressing and damp apartment block on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. But when a child’s red bag keeps turning up in unexpected places, Yoshino’s sanity seems to be threatened, and she soon begins to fear that her daughter’s life is at risk.

Kensuke Suehiro jumps at the chance to visit a restricted island in Tokyo Bay, about which he once heard a rather strange story. But when he arrives, he finds far more than he bargained for.

Fisherman Hiroyuki is embittered and unhappy in his marriage. But getting rid of his wife turns out to be anything but easy, especially when his own boat seems to be against him.

Family man Sugiyama finds himself trapped in an underwater cave. Can he find a way to communicate with his beloved son one last time?

Just four examples from this beautifully crafted collection of stories filled with suspense, tension and drama. A perfect introduction to one of Japan’s top literary stars.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007207417
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007207411
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 14.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,130,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for RING:

‘The pace doesn't slacken for a moment … a guaranteed page-turner’ OBSERVER

‘Suzuki builds tension brilliantly’ GUARDIAN

‘Bristles with menace and fear’ UNCUT

About the Author

Koji Suzuki is a literary star in his native Japan, where he is also a respected writer on childcare, having brought up two daughters. His novel RING has sold 2.8 million copies to date and spawned a cult Japanese film that is fast becoming a classic, as well as a successful Hollywood remake. DARK WATER has already been made into a film in Japan, and a US remake is currently in production. Koji Suzuki lives in Tokyo but loves to travel.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scared of the water 15 Aug 2005
The Harper Collins edition of Dark Water contains seven stories, excluding the prologue and epilogue. The stories are quite short, and often much of the story is spent steadily building tension. This works really well, as I found that I had a sense of unease building, when things started to go wrong.
If you are expecting a mirror of the film, Dark Water, then you will probably be disappointed. The story, Floating Water is a much more subtle, shorter version of the film. You can definitely see elements of The Ring in some of these stories, not least the author's preoccupation with water.
I for one would like to see more of Suzuki's work published in English, as well as other Japanese horror.
The stories, Adrift and Forest Under the Sea really stand out for me; both involve the main protagonist being trapped on their own; at sea, and in a cave. I definitely regret reading those late at night!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark water 16 Jan 2008
By Leo91
Although many others who have reviewed this book have managed to find fault with it in some way, I do not share the same attitude. Though other customers may well have read a lot more books than me and more specifically, have read other books by Koji Suzuki, I do not have the luxury of having suzuki's back catalogue of other material to base my opinions of this book on. Therefore, as a newcomer to his style of writing, (with the exception of having read the cult classic Ring) I hope to convey a far less pessimistic attitude towards this book, Dark water.

Let me begin with saying as a student, this kind of book works perfectly for me. It is broken up in to short stories, allowing for bite-sized chunks of reading easily digestible yet not time consuming. Sometimes with other books, on returning to them when I've found the time, I must re-read pages just to remember what's going on, but with dark water I could finish a tale and then later come back to begin a new one, allowing for an enjoyable and exciting treat each time.
Having seen the film dark water (the japanese version), I was dissapointed with the length of the tale from which the film originated in the book, however, taken into account the relatively small number of pages this story occupies, I feel the story's tension and creepyness does not suffer as a result of its length. In this book less is definitely more.
Each story is similar in length but on each page, Suzuki conveys, and describes so much, carefully picking his words to convey everything from the deep emotions of each character to the environments they inhabit. He has written a relatively short book - which is decieving, as it is in fact packed with detailed and genuinly creepy tales, each of which I thoroughly enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 Jun 2013
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Love Koji Suzuki's books. This is one of the best ones, apart from the ring trilogy books. this book is up there with those books
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5.0 out of 5 stars New sensations in gothic stories 9 Mar 2011
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I have read the "Ring" trilogy, discovering Koji Suzuky and decided to read what else I coluld find of him, well translated, for I don't know Japanese. I have happened to love his breathless, but daily settings, and his way of involving the reader. Besides, I am no reader of horror stories, and after Poe, Stevenson, Lovecraft, Stocker and some other classics, I didn't read much, for, thanks to the little I tried to taste, there is just a satisfactory (for the writers or the editors?) wish to scare, mostly through splatter filthy things.
This is a collection of short stories that, like the three "Ring" novels keeps the attention of the reader high, without falling in easy horrifying chills running through the spine. I found them a way to get closer to a world so different from my "Western eye" (the connection with Joseph Conrad is wanted!) with intelligence, through a good piece of literature; prometheic sparcles of self questioning. Another way of thinking, another borderless mithology from which surely the writer has "fished". The whole collection no doubt pushes to think, to enrich, to wonder, and it makes me remember the disperation of the sad Frankenstein running monster/soul as it appears in Mary Shelley's story. Worth to be read with attention. If not, Suzuky seems able to catch the reader's one anyway, startin from where one never would think of the presence of upsetting facts, and taking him wit a gentle but firm hand, until to an always unespected end! Great.
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