What started as a bizarre news story in far away Russia starts hitting close to home. Something that people are seeing is making them lose their minds and wanting to take their own life. Malorie is among a handful of survivors that constantly live in fear, any venture outside must be done in darkness. With her two young children, she is determined to make their way to a safer place but the only way to get there is down a river for twenty miles while blindfolded in a rowboat.
Malerman certainly knows how to build fear and tension in his stories. As evidenced by his unconventional book reading at the Harper Collins office, the intensity keeps mounting as the story goes along. The reader is just as in the dark as the survivors are, wondering what is out there causing people to go insane. While Malorie was the main character, the cast of supporting characters were equally as dynamic and unique. Malerman wrote each person’s POV with such distinct and separate personalities, each handling the fear and paranoia in their own way that you truly felt like you were there with them. Bird Box reminded me a bit of Saramego’s Blindness, only better. I personally could not get into Blindness at all and felt it a struggle to get through, however Bird Box had the perfect amount of wonder, curiosity and thrill to keep me on the edge of my seat.
Understandably, a mark of a good horror story is the unknown which is what makes it frightening, so while there were some elements that I wish were explored more fully, I can see why it was left unanswered. The scariness of it all would be demolished if everything was wrapped up in a nice neat bow and everything explained away. I tend to over think a lot of thing while reading and in a way end up spoiling plots for myself so I was pleasantly surprised at some of the turn of events that caught me off guard.
This debut novel has definitely made me a fan of Malerman’s style of writing, and will certainly be picking up anything he writes in the future. I love a good thriller book and this one had me flipping the pages right to the very end.
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