Sunday, 2 October 2016

Review: Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Title: Bird Box
Author: Josh Malerman
Publisher:  HarperCollins UK
Pages: 480
Genres: Horror, Psychological Thriller

Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew.

Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing.

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

Wow, this book frightened the living daylights out of me. The world in Bird Box has gone mad as an unknown something is making people kill each other and commit suicide. Pretty soon people figure out that the only way to not go insane is to avoid looking outside and hole up in houses with locked doors and blacked out windows. When going outside for water and supplies, blindfolds are a necessity to guarantee continued sanity.

I suffer with single-sided deafness (SSD) so the whole premise of not being able to see and instead relying on hearing alone is just terrifying. As every sufferer of SSD knows, it's almost impossible to identify where sounds are coming from when you only have one ear that works. Bird Box was the embodiment of everything that I didn't know was my worst nightmare. Creepy as hell and I loved every second.

The main character is Malorie and story begins with her decision that the time has come for her and her two children to escape from their living situation. They have lived a basically blind life terrified by unknown things that dwell outside. Malorie knows they can't stay living an unsafe, lonely and cloistered life but their only chance of escape is to sail a small rowboat down the nearby river. The narrative then alternates between present and past as everything that has happened to lead up to this point in Malorie's life is unveiled. I could not put down this book, the plot was extremely fast moving and so compelling. I am the type of person that is scared easily so Bird Box had no problem in psyching me out.

This is a perfect read for Halloween or just in the fall/winter in general as the book's atmosphere is grey and creepy. The ending was open ended but I thought it was perfect. Highly recommend.

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