- File Size: 611 KB
- Print Length: 304 pages
- Publication Date: April 25, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CJEHQ48
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was hooked from the opening line. "Japanese ghosts are different. Your ghosts would not feel at home here." This sets the stage for a fascinating look at ghosts from a non-western perspective. Avonleigh does an excellent job of transporting us into a culture caught between two worlds. In post-World War II Japan, western influences dominate. But there is still the East tugging at the shadows and inserting its presence into Tokyo's ever-present flashing neon. The hushed whispers surrounding the village of Izumi are laced with western references to Hell as well as Buddhism and Shintoism. The cultural juxtapositions are jarring and create a sense of tension before our protagonist James ever sets foot in the village. The story builds to a frightening climax that will leave you disturbed for some time after.
Reiko: A Japanese Ghost Story takes the reader outside the traditional horror boundaries. From the Gothic literary tradition to Stephen King, horror is dominated by the West. Avonleigh reminds us that there is a big world out there and it has its share of darkness as well. While Avonleigh's characters are a bit weak at times, it's a minor flaw in this one.
Originally published at Horror Novel Reviews
First Avonleigh states that the character blamed for Reiko's death was tried and executed by lethal injection. In reality, executions are rare in Japan, even in murder cases, but when inmates are executed it is always done by hanging.
Another distracting flaw was when Avonleigh confused the Japanese holidays Obon and Shigatsu. Obon, in August, is when the Japanese honor family graves not Japanese New Year's, which is when the Japanese return to their hometowns and spend the holiday with relatives.
Otherwise, Avonleigh's descriptions were spot on, and it was clear he had either visited the places described in the book or he worked very closely with someone who had. The book had several clever plot twists, and the dialog rang true, but the ending was rather anticlimactic and the protagonist was so weak and wimpy that I grew tired of him, and started rooting for the ghost to kill him in the most grisly manner possible. Sadly, he escaped...
I think I may have been expecting a story that was very dull, and really not that scary. And I was right for about the first third of the book.
Then things started happening faster. And faster. And suddenly I was staying up till midnight finishing the book because both of these conditions were true:
A) I was too scared to sleep.
B) I NEEDED to know the ending.
The missing star is because the first 20-35% felt so long and dragged on and on. Also, while It is honestly an excellent book and pretty well written, I think I would only re-read it to look for clues to the ending.