Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Blogoween - Book Review | Bird Box by Josh Malerman

My Rating: 7/10 
Published: May 13th 2014 
Pages: 305 
Genre: Horror, Thriller 
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Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it's time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat--blindfolded--with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Bird Box is a very interesting story, and one that I continue to think about long after finishing the book. It is set in what is essentially a post apocalyptic America and there is something that is causing people to go mad and kill others and themselves, not much is known about how it works or what causes it, other than that people go mad after seeing something.

The story is not told chronologically, it alternates between building up to the events of the current day and explaining how things got to a desperate state, and the current day where Malorie and her two children are trying to escape from where they have been hiding for five years and find a better place. 

The parts where Malorie is trying to escape with her children are all written without Malorie being able to see anything, relying heavily on sound to guide her and using scents to also help describe the scene. This makes for a very interesting reading experience and definitely adds to the chill factor because there is the sense that Malorie is not alone in her journey.  This also makes a great contrast to the other parts of the story as the fear not only comes from the unknown, but also trying to adapt to the situation of living with survivors and how they can fend for themselves when they can't see.

As a horror book I really enjoyed this. It was tense and the horror builds slowly and steadily as there are more and more unknowns and potential dangers being revealed. Do not go in expecting many jump scares or stand out scenes though, I think part of the reason I enjoyed Bird Box so much is that it is happy to build suspense and leave questions unanswered it's slightly frustrating as you read it but it makes the story feel more real.

I would recommend this book to someone who is new to horror and doesn't want anything too scary or gory, or to fans of the horror genre who are looking for an interesting suspenseful read.



  1. This sounds absolutely down my literary street - and is going straight on my 'to read' list!

  2. OOOh a horror book sounds great for this time of year. I have a few books to get through but this sounds like it is worth adding to the list :)

  3. Sounds like a good book! It's been awhile since I read any horror novels - I tend to watch films/tv instead these days, but I should get back into reading again!

  4. I am a totaly wimp, I've never read horror as I scare too easily. I find reading far more realistic than watching. Mich x

  5. I like when stories are not in chronological order but they still make sense.

  6. Great review! I love this book so much! I'm not usually one that enjoys the jumpy narrative, but this one did an amazing job of slowly revealing just enough information between the two timelines to really make this work well!


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