2014 Book Reviews

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

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Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

Firstly I would like to thank HarperVoyager for the copy, I really appreciate it.

This is one of those stories where I can’t go into too much detail. This is a book you need to read and discover for yourself.

This is the story of Malorie, who is living in absolute fear of the unknown. All alone expect for her two children, who have been born into a dark and dangerous world that they have never seen. They have been trained to never open their eyes, trained instead to use their ears.

The story divides between the past and the present. The present telling us the story of Malorie’s desperation to find that safe place spoken about on the radio. Her years training her children, to better prepare them for today. Because today is the day they leave all the safety they have ever known.
The past tells us the story of Malorie before she was alone, when she was pregnant and when there was more hope.

I do love stories that split between past and present, there is something about the way you only get snippets of each as you progress, that always leaves you wanting more. It also helps when the story you are reading is effortless and all consuming, which I think Josh has created with ease.

Josh draws you in and terrifies you. Scared to turn the next page but desperate to turn also. The unknown is the scariest thing of all and Josh plays on that superbly. It left me wondering what lengths I would go to to survive.

This a brilliantly woven tale that will have you on the edge of your seat and sleeping with the lights on.

Dark and delicious but deeply disturbing, all the things you want in a good horror story.

Bird Box is available from March 27th but available to pre-order in paperback and on kindle.

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