January 21, 2013

Revenge by Yoko Ogawa: Review

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Revenge by Yoko Ogawa was the last book I read in 2012 and it was the best. Since its publishing date is January 29th, this could be your best first read of 2013.

Revenge is eleven stories all connected to each other in some way and all extremely creepy. The stories are told in first person and I never knew who the narrator might be until I was into the tale. A man or woman, boy or girl. Even the point in time is unclear. The narrator of one story could be a man who was a child in a story earlier. Objects important in one story pop up in another. It’s discombobulating, but at the same time fascinating. By the end, the stories came full circle but I didn’t want them to end. I thought, “Nooooo! It can’t end now.” If I have any complaints, it’s that there is not enough. 173 pages is not enough!

Okay, so the book is titled Revenge but there is not a lot of revenging. The revenge is often subtle (although there was that one lady…but never mind). The people in the stories seem ordinary enough, until they say or do something so bizarre it made me say, “Yeah, that person is not right.” There is a wisp of the macabre throughout the stories. There is a quiet eeriness about them, with a little murder here and there to keep things interesting. In some ways, they remind me of the stories of Daphne du Maurier or Shirley Jackson.

With a title like Revenge, I was sure I was going to like it but I am actually surprised at how much I liked it. The writing is crisp and the theme deliciously creepy.

Thanks to Picador via NetGalley for the review copy.

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17 comments :

  1. Well, you write "creepy" and I am in. Will keep an eye out for it, thanks.

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  2. I am wondering if this is still on NetGalley? It sounds very different from what I normally read, but I do love creepy and spooky stories!

    Allison
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    1. It says it's too be archived on the 28th, so looks like there's still time.

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  3. This is one on my TBR list. I have a feeling I'll like the creepiness.

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  4. I really liked interconnected stories. This collection sounds atmospheric!

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    1. I liked that about it too. I like short stories to be connected.

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  5. I recently read one of this author's books. I am going to have to keep an eye out for this one!

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  6. I have it on my kindle and I'm even more excited to read it now!

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  7. Short and creepy...sounds good to me! Hmmm...maybe a good readathon book!

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  8. This sounds...unsettling. But I dig that.

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  9. I ended 2012 with a creepy read, too, and it was excellent. Always great to end the year on a high note, isn't it?

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  10. Might be one of those bookaliscious ...

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  11. I'm definitely going to read this at some point. I like the idea of so many stories that link together.

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