“Anxiety had turned to fear, to panic. Something had gone terribly wrong.”
Earlier this year, I read Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the first time. I was completely blown away and immediately picked up My Cousin Rachel, which I also adored. So, when I saw this collection of short stories, I had to buy it.
Daphne du Maurier is the master of building suspense and intrigue. Don’t Look Now is full of this – I hungrily consumed page after page, unable to stop, desperate to get to the twist. And when I got there, prepared as I was for du Maurier style thrills, I was completely floored. You know that feeling in films, where you can see the protagonist heading towards danger and you scream at the screen, “stop, don’t do it!”? That’s a rare feeling to come across in books, simply because of the difference in pace. But, I was screaming at this book.
Don’t Look Now follows John and Laura as they holiday in Italy, attempting to rekindle their relationship after the sudden death of their young daughter from illness. Just when everything seems to be settling, they come across two elderly sisters and – just like that – they are plunged into a strange, deadly series of events.
This short story is a MUST for fans of Daphne du Maurier!