The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike

imageThis tale of a young married couple who are harboring a dark secret is packed with dread and terror, as they and their daughter move into a brand new apartment building built next to a graveyard. As strange and terrifying occurrences begin to pile up, people in the building begin to move out one by one, until the young family is left alone with someone… or something… lurking in the basement. The psychological horror builds moment after moment, scene after scene, culminating with a conclusion that will make you think twice before ever going into a basement again. 

As  Misao, Teppei and their daughter Tamao start a new life in a beautiful new apartment and  things seemed to be getting better for them. While only half of the apartments in the building are sold, owning to the fact it’s built on land that is occupied by a graveyard and crematorium, they still feel upbeat despite their surroundings.

As they settle in things starts to get strange rather quickly. First of all Tamao gets hurt while playing in the basement. It’s an injury that couldn’t be obtained from the confines of a basement. Then the elevator gets stuck and it takes ages for help to get to her. There are stairs but only to the ground floor, the only way in and out of the basement is by the elevator.

As things get more ominous tennents begin moving out. After several warnings from others and other strange occurrences the family decide it’s time to get out while they can….. Or they try to anyway.

I love a good Japanese horror story.  It was a slow simmer, one that gave you bits and pieces as to what may be happening. It didn’t really kick in until the last 25%.  I did enjoy the fact that while nothing outwardly is graphic in showing the horror of what is happening, it’s mostly psychological leaving you to imagine what keeps happening in the basement. The tension kept being cranked up a notch as the story unfolds.  The ending left me wondering a bit as to what and why things happened, you are left to leave it up to your own imagination. I think this may have played out well as a movie.

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review

3.5/5 stars



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