Bird Box by Joshn Malerman
I’m not a big fan of horror, so I was a bit afraid to read this book. But I’d read a review somewhere and because it sounded interesting, I decided to try it. The novel opens with sisters Malorie and Shannon facing an uncertain future. Frightening things are happening around the world and getting geographically closer to where the sisters live. People are killing others and themselves in horrifically violent ways, with no apparent provocation. It seems related to something they’ve seen, but no one can say what that ‘something’ is. Those who remain alive start covering the windows of their homes and staying behind closed doors as much as possible. If they go out, they cover their eyes so as not to see anything provocative. When something happens to Shannon, the pregnant Malorie decides that she can’t go it alone. Led by an old advertisement, she seeks out a home that’s supposed to offer safety and sanctuary to any who want it. There she meets a small group of people trying to survive in this strange new world. They work and brainstorm together, but like any family, they have their issues. Don, in particular, has ideas that frequently clash with the others’.
Follow the characters as they face a terrifying new reality. Can anyone be trusted? Is it possible to be safe? Can people live a normal life again?
Although horrifying things happen in the book, my fear of reading a ‘horror’ was unfounded. I’d rather call this a novel of suspense, or an apocalyptic novel. There was certainly high tension on every page and you care about the characters and what happens to them. Very well written; an excellent read for anyone, but especially for those who enjoy horror and suspense.
- – Susan B.