Very good Japanese horror novel. This is the book that the film Ring was based on. There are some substantial differences in characterization and action yet not in plot. Is Koji Suzuki really the Stephen King of Japan? It is too early to say that based on my reading of just one novel. He certainly delivers similar goosebumps but his style is his own and from the open ending of the book, I suspect Suzuki has a totally different agenda in the plan to spook out the reading population. I greatly prefer the book to the movie and will read the next two books in the trilogy.