The Mall (Downside #1)
Rhoda is a junkie whose babysitting charge ran off while she was scoring cocaine. She hates her life. Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her search, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequi ...more
i don't know how big the south african horror writing community is, but even though i have only read this book and two by lauren beukes, i can safely say i am a fan. this book is actually very reminiscent of lauren beukes, in all good ways, and may be why she liked it enough to include in her list of horror novel must-reads.
first things first - s.l. grey is a pseudonym for Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg, so i'm going ...more
Wow, this book was actually excellent.
Patrons are advised to enter the market at their own risk. Management will not be responsible for injuries resulting from choking on small parts, exsanguinations, unlicensed amputations, theft, transplants, broken pointy bits of glass or death.
Now. I want you to take my five-star rating of this book with a grain of salt. You should know beforehand that I have a real weakness for horror. I love horr ...more
Rhoda is supposed to be watching the child of a friend of a friend. Rhoda goes to the Highgate Mall to score cocaine, and when she steps away to collect, she loses track of said child. Desperate not to be turned into the police, she, er, asks (if you call a knuckle sandwich asking) a clerk named Daniel to help her. He claims to have seen the child running through the back corridors earlier, so that’s where they start, and that’s exactly when things start g ...more
From what I gather this tripe was written by two authors - it fucking shows.
What's even worse; the whole frackin' book is a set up for a sequel. oh fuck no, that shit ain't cool.
The ESLR don't fucking read this stamp of approval.
Rhoda needs to get to Highgate Mall as soon as possible to score cocaine from her dealer. She’s supposed to be looking after someone else’s child, but decides to take the kid with her, thinking she won’t be more than five minutes and what’s the worst that ...more
Rhoda was supposed to be babysitting someone’s kid, but she lost him when she left him at Only Books in Highgate Mall while she went to score crack from her dealer. Dan’s an emo bookseller at Only Books. He hates his manager, he hates his job, he hates his life. He also seriously pisses Rhoda off when he tells security that he didn’t remember seeing her with any kid, because he didn’t think that a scruffy-looking black woman with a scarred face w ...more
Kitabin gectigi mekan cok karmasikti bi kere. Kitap sozde AVM'de geciyor ama karakterlerin 100 sayfa boyuncagezdikleri yerler AVM'nin neresiydi anlayamadim. Keske bir harita gibi bir sey olsa bile dedim kendi kendime.
Kitap boyunca iki bas karakterimiz bir seyler duyuyorlar, birileriyle karsilasiyorlar ve bir yerlere girip degisik birseylerle karsilasiyorlar. Ama bunlar ne insani geriyor ne de kitabin devami hakkinda meraklandiriyor.
A run in with mall security should have been just what she needed, they would find the kid and she could leave, however they are not as helpful as she hoped. Worse still th ...more
This book had me thoroughly creeped out at times, and was an addictive read. It's got that great, ominous beginning where you're not quite sure what's going on and I think if I hadn't accidentally read the ...more
My nitpicks are few about this book because from wh ...more
Take two utterly unlikable characters, lock them up in a seemingly deserted mall and you have the basis behind SL Grey's The Mall.
Rhoda is a supremely messed up addict with aggression issues who loses the child she was taking care of just as the mall is closing its doors. Daniel is the nerdy employee who she drags along on her mission to find this kid, whose name she can't remember. As the lights dim and they get deeper into the bowels of the mall, weird things start to happen that defy all expl...more
At first, I thought this would be another yawn-fest. Kid gets lost, unlikable babysitter needs to find kid, unlikable loser can't remember kid being in the store... blah, blah, blah... You know, the type of books that really shouldn't be categorised under horror/thriller? Well I was wrong. It took me a while to get into the book, but when I was past the first couple of chapters things quickly changed and I was drawn into The Mall's bizarre twists and turns. The spooky atmosphere jumps off of the ...more
Okay, so for the most part this book was bloody brilliant and had me glued to it.
In-fact, it was almost a 5 star book until it got to "book two" where for a little while it just turned into a completely different book.
"Book One" was so full of suspense and made my imagination go crazy, and my heart was genuinely thumping. "Book Two" was rather mild in comparison and dealt with the "situation" at a completely different angle.
The world building ...more
As to why I didn't like it, well I'm not a huge fan of body horror, particularly when it's used as a form of social commentary or satire (as it was here in the 'other mall'). Also, I was a shade disappointed that we never get to learn the why and how of it all. Granted, sometimes things can seem more scary when you don't know why something is happening - bu ...more
While the author went on a limb creating two thoroughly unlikeable main characters, I found I was nonetheless cheering for them by the end of the story in all their glorious personal dysfunction. Although the tale ...more
Took me few days to get to the middle but once I reached the middle, took me one n ...more
This is the type of horror that gets to me. Not the horror of hacked off limbs and blood spewing everywhere. This is the horror that gets under your skin. The idea that there is another world that exists besides th ...more
The Mall plays on the hook that most people who have worked menial jobs know--l ...more
This is my first SL Grey (actually a team of two South Africans) - and I'm impressed. I really enjoyed the 'S. African-ness' of the writing and storytelling. Local slang and phrases ...more