- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (29 January 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007529902
- ISBN-13: 978-0007529902
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘BIRD BOX turns the old Hollywood cliché of facing down the demon inside out – then tears it into little pieces’
‘A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one's fingers'
‘A lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.’
Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)
‘You wonder whether that brush against your shoulder was some unspeakable horror or merely a falling leaf’
‘This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes – it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration’
‘Nailbiting … will keep you gripped till the last chapter’
'Unflagging suspense and ever-present dread’
'Uniquely disturbing, exceptionally compelling and beautifully written, I defy anyone not to read it in one sitting'
‘An unsettling thriller, earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.’
– Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)
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Any lingering thoughts that Bird Box would be a disappointment were soon to flee the nest. The opening chapter sucked me right in with its desperately grim and dark outlook. The world is seemingly in chaos, something outside is causing people to go crazy, making them attack each other and behave like savages. Friends become enemies, families tear each other apart, even the animals are going insane, It’s scary stuff. The book opens in fantastic style raising many questions. Why can’t Malorie open her eyes? What is outside? Why are the children also blindfolded? Many, many more questions, dear reader, most of which are answered.
Whilst the book has an apocalyptic tone, the setting is quite small. There are two timelines presented and both are equally as engaging. One timeline follows Malorie and her trip down the river with her blindfolded children, the other is a look at the past and her time spent with a small group of survivors. The pacing of this novel is excellent, and though some of the characters aren’t perhaps the most fully realised, there is so much going on, it actually didn’t hinder my enjoyment, and there are certainly times when you will question who the real monsters are.
I believe the best horror stories leave much to the imagination and contain a certain ambiguity. Bird Box‘s strength lies in the fact that you are never quite sure what exactly is out there and for me, the greatest fear of all is the fear of the unknown. Malerman knows this and he uses it expertly to propel Bird Box into terrifying waters, delivering scenes of unbelievable tension and horror as Malorie and friends stumble around struggling to make sense of what is happening whilst still trying to carry out the simplest of tasks in order to survive. Nothing is ever simple or straightforward when one cannot see, even a trip outside to a well to retrieve water is a harrowing, daunting experience, especially when you can only rely upon your ears to inform you of what is going on. Throughout the book, there are numerous chapters where the tension is almost unbearable for the reader. Bird Box is a masterclass in building suspense, it’s a book dripping with paranoia and not a chapter goes by without something happening.
Final thoughts: Bird Box is a wonderful book. I’m kind of gutted I left it this long before I read it. If you haven’t read it, don’t make the same mistake I did, go get a copy NOW!
5/5 dirty blindfolds from the Grim Reader
I am so glad I did. Yes, there's a lot of hype about this book/movie but it is well deserved. Very easy to read and it kept my attention so well that I read it in one sitting. It was very worth it.
I enjoyed the film, and expected the book to be better, as usual, but didn’t expect the depth and darkness, as Malorie almost descends into madness herself.
The unseen entities are way more frightening, as we are only informed by Malorie’s diffuse senses and internal struggles. A genius way to tell the story.
Highly recommend to anyone that enjoys horror, sci-fi, and psychological thrillers.
Highly recommend reading at night, alone.
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