Title: Bird Box
Author: Josh Malerman
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Source: Purchased from Kindle Store
Buy it: Here
Malorie is leaving her home with two four-year-old children. She has been training the children to rely on hearing more than sight since birth, and has been planning their route out for years. All of them are blindfolded, and while they are, they are safe. But at some point, Malorie knows, the mask must come off.
Oh wow, where to begin with Bird Box... That this book is a debut novel is unbelievable. It's taut and frightening - playing masterfully on the fear of the unknown. The characters are wonderfully varied and the broken-up structure, giving glimpses of what is to come, is perfect for the mysterious atmosphere the book creates. Bird Box is true horror, complete with suspense, violence, stormy nights and a narrator to root for.
The whole idea of not knowing what the danger looks like, and as soon as you set eyes upon it, it being too late, is so clever. I found it quite mind bending if I thought about it for too long, and you feel the fear of unknown right alongside Malorie. One of the most affecting scenes of the book for me was "hearing" through Malorie the sound of a dog going mad and killing itself. You never "see" a thing, but the implied situation from the description of the sound is very vivid.
Malorie herself is a wonderful narrator. Calculating and thoughtful, she isn't the kind of woman who screams at the slightest sound. She is a determined mother, pregnant throughout most of the book but with the future and safe delivery of her child ever-present in her thoughts and actions. I wanted a successful journey for her very much!
A really atmospheric and clever horror, Bird Box gives as much attention to atmospheric build up and character motivations as it does to action and gore. Bird Box has a really unique premise and I HIGHLY recommend it to fans of horror writing. Loved it!