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Don't Look Now. by Maurier, Daphne du published by Doubleday… (1971 original; edició 1971)

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Andrea Heller has been married for seven years, but still likes to pretend she's single. She enjoys sitting on her own in bars, and watching what happens. But there's another couple watching too. They call themselves Saila and Pharaoh, but only after sundown. And it is after sundown that some terrible things are happening in the singles clubs in Cleveland. In six months, three women in their twenties have been brutally murdered. And each step that Homicide Detective Jack Paris takes to find their killer draws him closer to the heart of his own forbidden impulses. As the stakes become increasingly personal, Jack knows only one thing for certain. To enter the minds of Saila and Pharaoh is to enter a world from which no one ever fully returns...… (més)
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Títol:Don't Look Now. by Maurier, Daphne du published by Doubleday Hardcover
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Don't Look Now de Daphne Du Maurier (1971)

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FWIW - I love du Maurier, but I didn't write a review at the time I read it, and, on looking at other reviews, have absolutely no memory of the plot.
  librisissimo | Apr 14, 2021 |
Daphne du Maurier is a guilty pleasure, and a highly addictive one at that. Even the more laboured short stories in this collection are readable in du Maurier's matter-of-fact prose.

I am reluctant to rate individual stories in case they might influence selective readers. Especially since many other reviewers here have diametrically opposite feelings. But I'm going to anyway...

Don't Look Now - 5/5 - Spooky, psychological thriller. You won't guess the ending. An excellent storyline and no wonder it was adapted to a well-received British-Italian movie. I had never seen the movie, and I suggest you avoid watching the movie or reading any spoilers for this one.

Not After Midnight - 3/5 - The ending was a let-down for me. I think the idea was good, the characters memorable, but the story itself could have been better developed.

A Borderline Case - 5/5 - I loved this story. It has several psychological twists. There are some smart alecs here who boast they knew all along what was coming. Even if this were indeed the case, the story is wonderfully told with subtleties you only appreciate at the denouement.

The Way of the Cross - 2/5 - Others disagree, but I found this group visit to Jerusalem a bore. If you appreciate "paint a picture" stories with interesting characters and internal dialogues, but no strong storyline, you may enjoy this one.

The Breakthrough - 2/5 - Sci-fi story about an engineer sent on a middle-of-nowhere assignment. I didn't find it engaging, but then again that's not surprising given it's not my genre of choice.

The reason why I rounded up my rating is because I appreciate tastes differ. While all the stories here are unlikely to thrill any given reader, most readers will find one or two they really enjoy. This is evidenced in the fact some reviewers rate the stories similarly, while many others prefer The Way of the Cross and The Breakthrough. ( )
  jigarpatel | Feb 27, 2019 |
Five stories that were classic DuMaurier. Each one as mysterious as the next, two of them had been made into movies in the '70's. Very enjoyable! :) ( )
  TerriS | Jan 19, 2017 |
A word of caution: Do not confuse this book, Don't Look Now and Other Stories with Don't Look Now: Selected Stories of Daphne Du Maurier. They are not the same book. The only things they have in common are the the title story and the author. Both books are fine, mind you, but if you are participating in a group discussion and the stories you are reading aren't the same as what everyone else is reading, you will likely feel left out in the cold.

That said, this is a fine collection of stories by an exceptional author. I really enjoyed her writing style and the the way that she was able to bring various settings around the world to life. That said, I don't think any of the stories really hit it out of the park. Maybe I expect more from the author of Rebecca and Jamaica Inn but I felt like she set up several of the stories for a big finish and then....they just ended. I award this anthology ★★★½ stars out of five although at least half a star is awarded out of respect for Dame Daphne.

My thanks to the folks at the Goodreads Horror Aficionados group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books. ( )
  Unkletom | Dec 17, 2016 |
I was initially worried about this story, thinking that it was going to be something of a disappointment, leaving me hanging on the resolution like The Birds did... but it wasn't, and didn't.

This story was rather eerie, and the music that accompanied the reading heightened this effect quite a bit. Often, when I'm listening to audiobooks, I think of the story in terms of format and try to compare. I know that a reader can add or detract from the story, that sounds or music (which I'm not usually a fan of) can do the same, and that the experience of reading and listening can be quite different from each other. This audio was fantastic, and the music was used tastefully and to great effect. I think that one twist's significance in the story might have actually been... maybe not missed, but perhaps overlooked until viewed in hindsight, but the way the audio was done, I not only understood immediately, but was also startled and creeped out. Awesome. :D

This story had a very gothic horror feel, and was full of twists and turns and hints and the like, and it seems that nothing is quite what it seems. I tried guessing what the actual twist was going to be, and failed miserably. None of my twist-guesses made sense unless there was either one overused explanation, or unless there was a really huge explanation that could be plausible but unlikely. The one in the book was better by far. Probably why I read books and don't write them. You're welcome, world.

I thought that there was one detail which was introduced a bit late in the story that wasn't really necessary, but worked toward the ending. The ending would still have worked without this, but I guess for those people who might have been a bit baffled, it served as a kind of "There's your answer" bit. Me personally, I think that had it been left out, it would have been even creepier and with even more "What the fuck?!" thrown in. But that's just preference.

All in all, I really liked this one, probably the most of any of du Maurier's stories I've read so far. The tally is now up to a whopping 3. I'm on a roll!

Horror October 2011: #14 ( )
  TheBecks | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Folio Society edition contains stories: Don't Look Now; The Apple Tree; The Pool; The Blue Lenses; Kiss Me Again, Stranger; The Chamois; Not After Midnight; The Old Man; The Birds. There seem to be a number of different configurations using this same title, but they do not always contain the same stories, or even the same number of stories.  The copyright page states that this Folio Society edition was originally published under the title "Echoes from the Macabre: Selected Stories" (UK (1976), by Victor Gollancz Ltd; USA (1977) by Doubleday)
Don't Look Now by Daphne DuMaurier, as published in the Penguin Longman Reader series is not the same book as the anthology of short stories that carries the same name, but is a simplified version. It should not be combined with the anthology. Additionally, there is not just one, but several different anthologies that contain Don't Look Now.
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Andrea Heller has been married for seven years, but still likes to pretend she's single. She enjoys sitting on her own in bars, and watching what happens. But there's another couple watching too. They call themselves Saila and Pharaoh, but only after sundown. And it is after sundown that some terrible things are happening in the singles clubs in Cleveland. In six months, three women in their twenties have been brutally murdered. And each step that Homicide Detective Jack Paris takes to find their killer draws him closer to the heart of his own forbidden impulses. As the stakes become increasingly personal, Jack knows only one thing for certain. To enter the minds of Saila and Pharaoh is to enter a world from which no one ever fully returns...

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