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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical Inc.; Ist Ed edition (11 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934287032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934287033
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Asa Nonami's Now You're One of Us does for marriage what "JAWS" did for a day at the beach, and males and females alike will surly get a chill out of it." - "Joseph B. Mauceri
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"Asa Nonami's NOW YOU'RE ONE OF US does for marriage what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, and males and females alike will surly get a chill out of it." -- "Fearsmag.com"
"No unearthly monsters. No ghosts. No curses. Not even a single drop of blood decorates these pages. The tropes of traditional, Western horror are completely ignored in this Japanese novel, and yet it evokes a sense of dread which is nothing less than genuinely disturbing."- "HorrorReader"

"A different country, a different culture, and characters who create something far more fishy than sushi, make for a very unusual reading experience. Jolting and disturbing, this is a powerful work; it's an unconventional tale despite the conventional gothic trappings." -- "Hellnotes"
"Nonami twists Japanese societal norms ever so effectively, turning charm into creep and happiness into horror." -- "Agony Columns"
"An interesting dose of Japanese culture, mores, and history." -- "Complete Review
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.,."a creepy psychological thriller."- "The Gline"
"I like the psychological mystery and unique Japanese perspective in this novel." --"Basugasubakuhatsu"

"This pulpy family psychodrama is hugely entertaining - like watching some filmed version of "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" from an adapted screenplay by Mario Puzo and directed by Yasujiro Ozu." -- Time Asia
"Asa Nonami's NOW YOU'RE ONE OF US does for marriage what "Jaws" did for a day at the beach, and males and females alike will surly get a chill out of it." -- "Fearsmag.com"
"No unearthly monsters. No ghosts. No curses. Not even a single drop of blood decorates these pages. The tropes of traditional, Western horror are completely ignored in this Japanese novel, and yet it evokes a sense of dread which is nothing less than genuinely disturbing."- "HorrorReader"
"The story's unpredictability is what makes it so suspenseful and successful." -- "Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest
"
"A different country, a different culture, and characters who create something far more fishy than sushi, make for a very unusual reading experience. Jolting and disturbing, this is a powerful work; it's an unconventional tale despite the conventional gothic trappings." -- "Hellnotes "
"Nonami twists Japanese societal norms ever so effectively, turning charm into creep and happiness into horror." -- "Agony Columns"
"An interesting dose of Japanese culture, mores, and history." -- "Complete Review
"
"A creepy psychological thriller."- "The Gline"
"I like the psychological mystery and unique Japanese perspective in this novel." --"Basugasubakuhatsu"
"This isn't quite Science Fiction, though I kept wondering if cloning or genetic modification would emerge as the man behind the curtain. Instead it's a story about old arts and the bending of wills, the keeping of secrets, and the thick blood of family." --SFRevu

About the Author

Asa Nonami is one of Japan's most popular and versatile authors, with dozens of bestselling novels across various genres to her credit. Her acute and accessible critiques of Japanese society have won her the heartfelt support of women in particular. She won the first annual Japan Mystery Suspense Award for debut talent in 1988 and the prestigious Naoki Prize for excellence in popular fiction in 1996.


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Maybe because I have read a lot of chilling books or watched a few chilling films, that I found that earlier on in the book I began to suspect what was happening. So it really wasn't surprising what the secret was. It sadly wasn't a big 'WOW' moment. But the translation is really well done. It was very gripping, full of suspense and I think it is definitely worth a second read once you know how it ends.
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I thought this book was a bit predictable at first, but I slowly found myself getting it and in the end I read the last 50 pages in one go. Like all good books, there's a twist in the tale. Recommended!
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This has that lovely quality of being both peaceful and gently disturbing throughout. Right from the start, you sense there will be a punchline, but it stays just out of reach for a long time. Fantastically, even after the main revelation of the book, it just keeps on getting better.

The characters are well drawn and the atmosphere is perfectly evoked. If you like other Japanese literature, this shouldn't disappoint. If it's your first time, and you like Ian McEwan or George Orwell, then dive right in.
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this is excellent it has a creepy and unsettling atmosphere throughout and like one of the other reviewers it reminded me of early ian mcewan please do not listen to the reviewers comparing it to other writers such as natsuo kirino etc its a totally different style and should be judged for what it is rather than what it is not there seems to me to be far too many reviewers on amazon who do this and it is not helpful
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This is quite simply one of the best books I have read in ages and I enjoyed it even more as it's an intelligent thriller written by a female writer.

Nonami gets right in there with the first scene - a young woman being mistaken for the 'lady of the house' by a neighbour and once he realises, he is just about to reveal a secret to her when the actual 'lady of the house' arrives and foils him. Classic start to a thriller but it wasn't really even the plot that drew me in straight away, it was Nonami's fast-paced narration and the succinct sentences that built tension upon tension, as though she was building a house with unstable bricks, waiting for them to collapse.

Some may consider the story as not entirely original but I enjoyed it - a young woman marries into a family and although she find them entirely pleasant, begins to suspect that they are involved with murder and that some of the family members are playing up their plight in order to hide their true capabilities and relationships to one another.

Confused? You won't be when you're reading. It keeps you flipping the pages until you realise there are none left... A sad day, let me tell you! There is a slightly odd twist that I was rather surprised about and found a little disturbing (and not entirely true to the rest of the novel) but I still think this is one of the best novels I've read in ages and I hope I can find more of Nonami's work. Highly recommended!!!
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this is a very cool book. It's a beatiful simple story on the surface but it grips you with it's creepy little things that keep happening and you will not be able to stop reading until you know what's going on....this would make a good movie.
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I'm a big fan of Japanese fiction and I regularly rave about the works Haruki Murakami & Natsuo Kirino, but this was drivel.

The meanders with no real direction, the quality of the prose was weak - almost like a child had written it. The big reveal is predicable and by the time the author gets round to telling you it's not shocking in any way. It's a by the numbers thriller girl marries family, thinks they are weird oh and guess what they are weird.

I hate to deride creative output but trust me leave this one on the shelf and buy something by the authors I've named above.
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