After Dark – A Review

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After Dark

Haruki Murakami

Fiction/ Realism/ Psychological Thriller

RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.”

“Time moves in it special way in the middle of the night.” 

“Is action merely the incidental product of thought, or is thought the consequential product of action?” 

“The silence is so deep it hurts our ears.”



A gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.

Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle international bestsellers, with a surprising infusion of heart, Murakami has produced one of his most enchanting fictions yet.



I’ve only read Murakami a few times and I’ve never rated an author so high so early. You need to give this man credit for messing up your mind and twisting your thoughts and torturing you damn such a pleasing way.

If you felt only George Martin knows how to ruin your pleasure and still have you hooked, you’re in for a treat as Murakami just crosses G.R.R. Martin. Oh yea- After dark would keep you hooked alright but also leave you in the middle of everything, its like not knowing whether to breathe or to hold your breath.

I also specifically fell in love with the way Haruki makes you look at the smallest of moments, how you look back on your life and the tiniest of details. His words are magic without doubt, but his flawless descriptions just add life to those words.

If it being written by Murakami isn’t a reason enough, here are others as to why would I recommend this book to you:

  • You’d witness how easily and beautifully relationships are formed
  • You’d horrifyingly relate to the main characters
  • You’d question your judgements and perception of some people
  • You’d learn dark family secrets
  • You’d see the horror trapped within every night.
  • ah, you’ll be thrilled to the bone!

So grab a copy and get reading.

Other Books By the Author


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Hardcover     US$ 22.95
Paperback     US$ 8.47


10 thoughts on “After Dark – A Review

  1. I’ve not read anything by this author, but I have heard good things! I didn’t realize he’d written so many books though. Amazing review! I’ll have to add this one to my TBR!

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