Grey, an Englishwoman fighting her own devils, comes to Japan looking for a piece of rare film footage shot during the 1937 Nanking Massacre and ends up working in a hostess bar. Shi Chongmimg a reclusive scholar who is one of the massacre's few survivors haunted by atrocities he witnessed. The story alternates between the interaction of these characters in present day Japan and Chongming's wrenching account of 1930's Nanking. The Devil of Nanking is a pitch-perfect spine-chilling tour de force, dazzling and creepy and very difficult to put down.
You think you have an idea of what is going on in this book, but you later realize you don't. Very good & twisted!
Intriguing, disturbing and different. I was swept up in the story of this lonely girl and her mission in Japan, which kept me going until the last page.
Oh boy ... this is a heck of a read. Amazing sense of menace throughout ... eerie, terrifying, beautifully written.
A little hard to get into to start with, but well worth sticking with.
This is an astounding, mesmerizing book. It details a young girl's quest to solve an early mystery in her life. The protagonist is distinctly off-beat; raised cruelly by a mother with strange rules, then institutionalized as we find out bit-by-bit, the girl, Grey, absolutely HAS to locate a specific, elusive book describing the Japanese assault on Nanking - it's important to her mental health.
She finds the author in Tokyo, but to survive while he makes a bargain with her, she becomes a coffeehouse girl and lives in a moldering, run-down labyrinth of a apartment-house with distinctly odd companions. The needs of Nanking book's author and Grey blend together with haunting suspense and psychological thrills. This book is not for the faint of heart, but it will reverberate as a core-shaking book for those who enjoy a tense British-style mystery.
This is a book that will STAY WITH YOU FOREVER. Why? I can't say without spoiling the plot. A woman investigates the existence of a war tape. Not for the squeamish.
Well, this was not as disturbing as I expected. I mean, it had moments, but it was, overall, a little slow moving. It did have some surprising twists, but it felt sort of unfinished and there wasn't a very satisfying explanation as to why the narrator was the way she was, or what happened to Justin. Still, I do like Mo Hayder's writing. This was more along the lines of _Pig Island_, but not quite as good. Overall, though, I really do like Mo Hayder.
Read a couple pages and it seemed like a typical oriantal type plot.I got it and some others from a sale the library was haveing!