Don’t look now by Daphne Du Maurier is short story and described as macabre.
In it we meet Laura and John who are on holiday in Venice. It all starts out light-hearted enough but is a very good reminder that as in real life, things are not always what they seem.
The apparently happy couple on first glance are grieving for the loss of a child with each handling this situation in their own individual ways.
The couple encounter some strange ladies one of whom is blind. The talk to Laura and appear to suggest they can deliver messages from her dead child. Can they, are they psychic or a pair or charlatans?
Despite John’s best efforts the ladies will keep turning up and tell the couple that they must get out of Venice and quickly.
A call from home results in Laura heading home to care for her son with John planning to follow on soon. He starts out on the journey but something makes him turn back. Was the reason for this real or an apparition? Suffice to say, whatever it was it causes John a great deal of stress as he struggles to make sense of it all. Is he going mad?
Will the ladies be proved right? Should both of the couple have left Venice after all and if one of them doesn’t, what will be the consequences?
I really enjoyed this short story even though it is not the usual type of thing I would choose. It was difficult to guess whether the strange ladies had good or bad intentions.
My only criticism that as so often in short stories, the ending seemed rushed and I was not surprised by it.
Overall Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier is a good story and a great read for the holidays.