This is a book I read for Spookathon and is actually the first horror book I have ever completed. I really enjoyed reading this and here’s why.
Published: May 13th 2014 by Ecco
Page Length: 262
Goodreads Avg. Rating: 3.98
My Rating: 70/100 ****
It started with people going crazy, killing themselves and those around them. The news says it’s something outside. Something so horrifying that just looking at it will tear your mind apart. Now, windows are boarded up, blind folds are the #1 accessory, and our main characters hasn’t looked outside in five years.
The main character is telling us two stories. The first is when the ‘sightings’ start occurring. Basically the beginning of the end of the world. When she’s just found out she’s pregnant. The other is 5 years later, when she decides she and her two 4 year old children are going on a journey to find safety, which means going outside.
As I said, this is the first ‘horror’ novel I have completed, not because I found the others too scary. This is the only one that has kept my interest. This book made me not want to put it down, and when I had to, I felt myself itching to read more. It was addictive.
This book genuinely scared me because the whole concept is a living nightmare. To be scared of the unknown, to have your doubts as to actually what it is you’re scared of because anyone who’s seen it just loses their mind. It kept me on the edge, I felt my heart pounding while reading it. This book as intense moments.
However, I will say I was slightly disappointed with the ending. I was looking forward to an explanation as to what the creature that was so horrifying it drove people to madness actually was. It felt like the writer was being lazy but I also get that we’re left in the dark like the characters.
I also really love this concept and I do feel like he could do so much more with it. It doesn’t look like he’s going to do any more sequels but, yeah, this book did leave me wanting and expecting more.
Also, the characters were just all right. There wasn’t really much too them and it was definitely plot driven. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing they just don’t have much depth. For these reasons I’m probably not going to pick up any of Malerman’s other books, unless he decides to write a sequel to this.
I did really enjoy reading this book and highly recommend it if you’re looking for a creepy read.
Let me know if you’ve read this book and your thoughts on it.
Thanks for reading,