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Reiko - A Japanese Ghost Story [Kindle Edition]

James Avonleigh
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It was a story that shocked Japan.

In the remote village of Izumi five high school friends died within the space of a fortnight.

The circumstances were never explained.


Four years later a British paranormal researcher travels to Izumi in an attempt to unravel the mystery.

There he encounters much more than culture shock.

He encounters the dark side of Japanese culture – the side they don't talk about in guidebooks.


He encounters Reiko.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CJEHQ48
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,425 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good old ghost story with a Japanese twist 13 Oct. 2014
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It is a good ghost story and it has a presence of something reminiscent of the atmosphere in the Ringu (the original Japanese horror story, not the American re-make). It starts a bit slow, with bits and pieces not wanting to connect, but in the end it all falls into place. Once you understand WHY the teenagers all had to die and WHAT the danger was for the main character it all sort of makes sense.

I liked how the writer mixed some Japanese cultural traditions in. I liked how he created the main villain the way you don't guess who it is until late in the story. I even liked a fairly typical for a horror story presence of the voodoo practice to rectify the evil, as it somehow married the East and West there.

I think it would make a good film, if the makers don't fall for the Hollywood dead - predictable cheap horror film style. May be a Japanese film crew?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big in Japan 7 Feb. 2015
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Sometimes you read a book by a little-known author and you just hate yourself for wasting time and money on a story that wasn't good. You persevere, and you persevere, completely annoyed that you spent €2.00 on a digital pile of garbage - only so you can validate your opinion come review-time, because no one likes a person who says they hate a book yet never bloody finished it! But not so with "Reiko" by Jason Avonleigh. This was actually quite good.

A young man named James travels from England to Japan to research the difference between Western and Japanese ghosts. Is the experience and activity of a ghost culture-specific or do ghosts behave and appear the same way everywhere in the world? James is a sceptic, a non-believer of ghosts, and he is reluctant to use the research notes left behind by his predecessor Charlie, an Oxford graduate who went mad and hanged himself in the process of answering this very question. An ill-fated trip to Japan's most haunted town, Izumi, had apparently pushed Charlie off the edge, and determined to lay this matter to rest, James arranges to spend a week in Izumi to finish Charlie's research and also confirm that the guy just went insane, that he didn't see any ghosts... In spite of himself, James becomes interested in the sequential deaths of five high school students from Izumi, an incident Charlie had studied extensively in the run-up to his death. As James starts to interview the faculty, he finds himself unwittingly cursed by the presence of Reiko, the first victim whose body was never found, and a spirit who appears intent on telling him something...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 21 Mar. 2015
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This is quite a readable book in the style of the quiet, slow-burn ghost stories of the past. The plot itself is interesting enough and the pay-off is creepy as hell, but I just couldn't get interested in the main characters, whose names I can't remember even though I've just finished the book. They meet some more memorable characters along the way and there are some nice touches in the story, but the protagonists themselves are as dull as dish water and I spent the whole book wanting to give them a good shake. I would like to give it another star but the overall tone is quite twee, which I personally found aggravating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put my kindle down 11 Jan. 2015
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Downloaded this to escape for a few hours on a stormy Sunday and it was the best decision ever, I couldn't put it. Our protagonist, James, travels from Britain to Japan to study the differences between eastern and western ghosts. A cynic at first, James is sceptical when he learns of the fate of the last British student, charlie, who was writing a similar these. Following in his footsteps, James is drawn into the mystery of Charlie's fate, the disappearance and deaths of five local students and what ties them all together - he's about to meet Reiko.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 15 Sept. 2013
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Really enjoyed this book,it was very atmospheric loved the story, loved the characters and the history and culture depicted in the story,great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reiko 14 Oct. 2013
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Really enjoyed the story, had me hooked from the first chapter. If you're a fan of films like 'shutter'or'ju-on' it's a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutelybrilliant 15 Aug. 2013
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If you like ghost stories this is for you! Great atmosphere and chill factor, only downside is the main character is a coward.
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I will come straight out and say that this is not the scariest story that I have ever read, but don't let that put you off. Firstly, it is very well written, the prose flows well and there weren't any obvious errors to make you cringe. The story itself is really interesting and the plot is paced well so you don't get bored. I really recommended this, it is really original.
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