Spiral Paperback – 1 Jan 2007
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'Suzuki blends the dispassionate, inquisitive, sometimes terrifying urban character-types to be found in Haruki Murakami's work with the plot mechanics of a Stephen King or Michael Crichton' Kim Newman’ Independent
'Spiral is a truly spooky read' Metro
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. ‘Ring’, the prequel to ‘Spiral’, 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. Koji Suzuki lives in Tokyo but loves to travel.
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It is not gory and the plot differs from a typical western horror story. But in some places it made my skin crawl. Just think about it: a murdered girl in possession of an enormous paranormal powers and a cynical professor who fells victim to her curse come together posthumously not only to resurrect themselves, but to punish the humankind.
In general I find Japanese thrillers and stories written in other genres more intriguing, as they do not follow sometimes very predictable Western patterns.
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If you liked "Ring", or generally like a good read who crawls under your skin and sticks with you for some time, "Spiral" is your book!
I give it to Suzuki – I have never ever read as convincing a scientific explanation of a curse in my entire life. But then there is the rather reasonable question why would anyone bother with that considering it would instantly kill any remaining spookiness for the reader? Be prepared for some drastic changes to some of Ring's fundamental premises (the mechanism of the "charm", Sadako's death wish, Ryuji's involvement) to fit the new "science" in the novel. In the end, with so much of the story devoted to explaining prior events, the book feels much more like a reimagening of Ring for science geeks than like an actual sequel. Overall, a decent detective sci fi novel with a couple of horror overtones, but not on a par with Ring.
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