Saturday, January 12, 2008

Weird but me

I just finished Now You're One of Us by Asa Nonami. This creepy, not too chilly chiller was a page turner. A young woman marries into her husband's super happy family. Things are weird from the get-go and hints at a deeper darkness emerge slowly as the story unfolds. What I really admired was how Nonami shows repeat themes in the plot without rehashing the story over and over again. The main character falls into an obsession over the death of a neighbor who had connections with the family. At the same time, the family is influencing the young bride in an effective manner and the change in the character's demeanor is subtle and complete. I couldn't put it down. By the end, the story had fallen into a hypnotic, trippy nightmare that leads to a complex spooky climax. My only regret is that I didn't read this one in October or during a thunderstorm. Woooooo....(insert ghostly howling) Other reviewers comparing the story to Rosemary's Baby are not far off, and like Rosemary's Baby the reader never gets the whole picture only a snapshot into the horror of this woman's experience.


Andrea said...

Wow! I'm intrigued... I think I'm going to read this too!