The Woman in the Purple Skirt by Natsuko Imamura

The Woman in the Purple Skirt is being watched. Someone is following her, always perched just out of sight, monitoring which buses she takes; what she eats; whom she speaks to. But this invisible observer isn’t a stalker – it’s much more complicated than that.


THERE’S A PERSON LIVING NOT TO FAR FROM ME known as The Woman in the Purple Skirt.


(@FaberBooks, 1 June 2021, ebook, 107 pages, borrowed from @GlasgowLib via @OverDriveLibs)




This is a new author for me. I had no idea what to expect when I borrowed the title at random. This is unlike anything I’ve read before. I thought it was great. It took a few chapters for me to realise what was going. This is essentially a short novel, narrated in the first person by The Woman in the Purple Skirt’s stalker. It’s very subtly written so it takes a few chapters before the chilling truth sets in. The narrator seems innocent enough at first, chatting about The Woman in the Purple Skirt who she clearly admires. But then gradually you realise how obsessed the narrator is with her and she knows things about her routine she would only know by following her and lurking in the shadows.


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