Stunning Japanese thriller with a chilling supernatural twist – the follow-up to Ring.
Pathologist Ando is at a low point in his life. His small son’s death from drowning has resulted in the break-up of his marriage and he is suffering from traumatic recurrent nightmares. Work is his only escape, and his depressing world of loneliness and regret is shaken up when an old rival from medical school, Ryuji Takayama, turns up on his slab ready to be dissected.
Through Ryuji’s bizarre demise Ando learns of a series of mysterious deaths that seem to have been caused by a sinister virus. From beyond the grave Ryuji appears to be leading Ando towards a suspicious videotape – could this hold the answer to the riddle of the strange deaths? Or is it merely the first clue? When Ando meets Mai, an attractive former student of Ryuji’s, his desire to solve the puzzle transcends curiosity and becomes a matter of life or death.
‘Spiral’ is the stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed ‘Ring’, and can also be read as a standalone.
'Suzuki blends the dispassionate, inquisitive, sometimes terrifying urban character-types to be found in Haruki Murakami's work with the plot mechanics of a Stephen King or Michael Crichton' Kim Newman’ Independent
'Spiral is a truly spooky read' Metro
Praise for Ring:
‘The pace doesn't slacken for a moment … a guaranteed page-turner’ Observer
‘Suzuki builds tension brilliantly’ Guardian
‘Bristles with menace and fear’ Uncut
About the author
Koji Suzuki is a literary star in his native Japan, where he is also a respected writer on childcare, having brought up two daughters. ‘Ring’, the prequel to ‘Spiral’, has sold 2.8 million copies to date and spawned a cult Japanese film that is fast becoming a classic, as well as a successful Hollywood remake. Koji Suzuki lives in Tokyo but loves to travel.
A sequel done right
Much like the book "Ring" pleasantly subverts your expectations if you saw the film, the sequel book "Spiral" subverts everything you'd expect from a sequel to that book.
However, Much like the first book, Spiral has moments that drift too far into campy with some twists that stretch disbelief. If you could handle those same moments in the first book, though, Spiral won't change that.