The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows.
They are out there. She might let them in.
The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall.
Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them.
Today they must leave the house. Today they will ...more
our minds have ceilings, Malorie...
they are beyond it…
higher than it…
out of reach…
Whatever you do DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES!!
Malorie has just confirmed she is pregnant the very day that people begin killing themselves. News travels so fast now. Something can happen in Cairo. Someone can film it, load it to the internet, and within minutes of the event occurring someone in Des Moines is watching what happened. News, mostly tragic news, from around ...more
A few days ago when I finished this book, initially I was pissed off and disappointed at the ending. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but upon a few days' reflection I've realized that it was the only realistic way this could end. SO, if you are wary of reading this because you don't want an open ending, don't be! Malerman made the right choice in leaving some things unknown, because ultimately it works best for this type o ...more
Holy crap on a cracker, y'all! This book! Creepsville!! AND I LOVE IT!!
Don't freaking go outside without your blindfold or you might open your eyes.
I must say, if I had to choose what apocalypse I would be in, I would pick the zombies because at least you can go outside and see them and kill them. Unless you're blind and then your up sh•t creek.
One day they start getting reports of people seeing things and then turning violent and killing people and themselves. And of course you start thinkin ...more
Horror is a genre that I normally avoid completely, but with the rave reviews from my GR friends for this book I felt I needed to step out and give it a try. And it was so incredibly good! Oh my God!
Malorie and her sister Shannon move in together in Detroit. Life immediately throws her a curve ball. Malorie learns she's pregnant from a brief encounter with someone she didn't know well, and thinks this is as bad as it gets. Not even close! Some ...more
"They'll eventually get us...there's no reason to think otherwise. It's end times, people. And if it's a matter of a creature our brains are incapable of comprehending, then we deserve it. I always assumed the end would come because of our own stupidity."
Ok then.... so this was going REALLY well! I was sufficiently creeped out. The world has gone bonkers due to something (no one knows what) that is causing people to go ins ...more
A great premise, I loved the flashbacks but I hate with a burning passion when things are left opened. If it's aliens, tell me and I'll love it. If you leave things unsaid, I'll assume you had no idea how to finish your book. The ending wasn't as shocking as others have said. Overall a bit underwhelming after seeing all the rave.
In light of the movie I thought I would update this review. The movie absolutel ...more
Update: I watched the Netflix adaptation of this book and absolutely loved it but I was definitely more scared and creeped out while reading the book though.
Holy Shooty Balls this was one heck of a creepy book!
5 creeped out Stars for Norma & 4 freaking out Stars for Brenda!
So for the purpose of this Sister Read it gets a combined rating of 4.5 Stars!
BIRD BOX by JOSH MALERMAN is a wonderfully creepy, scary, eerie, and downright terrifying tale that ...more
So glad to be recommended this book! Would never have picked it up otherwise. The cover art looks like a tacky mystery, but it's actually a character-driven horror story!
The fear of the unknown is ever- ...more
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boy, what a trip. although i wouldnt personally consider this a horror (only because it didnt scare me), it is definitely a spooky story. i really enjoyed the unique premise, the atmospheric writing, and how much it made me think.
but i thought the most compelling part of this story was actually malorie and her constant worry about her kids. sometimes it felt ...more
Unable to use your eyes for fear of madness . . .
Unseen and unknown terrors roaming outside . . .
Trapped inside with the windows covered . . .
The sanity of your companions in question . . .
Running out of supplies . . .
Seeking salvation, but not sure where to find it or who to trust . . .
Pregnant . . .
This was intense and a must read for horror and thriller fans eve ...more
A friend who I trust implicitly, recently listened to this book, loved it, and mentioned it was made into a movie. So of course, I had to give it a whirl and go in completely blind, pun completely intended.
The first few pages had me asking myself, “What the ‘CRAZY WHAT’ is going on here?” Believe me it got crazier, more intense and more chilling with each chapter.
The book itself has been out for a number of years, but as per usual, I was late to the party, but gl ...more
I would not last in the apocalyptic world set out in this book. My dad used to say I had nose problems because let's face it. I have to know what's going on. Walking around for 4 years with a blindfold on every time I went outside? Yeah, dead in less than 60 seconds.
Not this kind of blindfolded either.
This book doesn't give the reader many answers. I do know what the author was going for. The whole scary in the mind of the reader thing. The thing is I need some answers. I get all ants ...more
Emotions stirred reading this book I think covered them all, I noted how on edge I was constantly reading this novel. From early pages to the last I was fixated, addicted and full of tension, bordering on fear at times.
Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. ...more
"In a world where you can’t open your eyes, isn’t a blindfold all you could ever hope for?"Humanity lies in ...more
Please, please don’t do what I did, my fellow bookaneers.
Don’t watch the movie first.
This is a big mistake and to be avoided at all costs.
The story began pulse-like. Staccato sentences that suited the stop/start tempo of a life lived in fear. Malerman’s Morse code narrative drew me in from the start.
In an apocalyptic alternative reality, an abstract thing inhabits our planet; a demonic indescribable entity that, if g ...more
Whoah. This is some really good shit. Color me very impressed. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this one up, but it totally delivered on tension and suspense, a palpable dread, and a suffocating sense of doom.
Just as a launching off point I'm going to throw two pop culture references at you that I couldn't stop thinking about while reading this book. The first is the music video "Just" by Radiohead. Remember that's the one where there's this guy who just lies down in the ...more
Suspension and creepiness from start to end, intriguing story. What's going on? What happened leading up to this situation? Will she and kids survive? .... Wew.... one h*ll of a story.
I say, this is also a seriously impressive case of woman power! Great, great, entertaining book.
AB: Looking back at my books in 2015, upgraded this one to five s ...more
don’t open your eyes!
What the **** did I just read? This book was NOT what I was expecting... at all! It was disturbing, creepy, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.... just going to put it out there if I were in this situation, in this post apocalyptic world, I would so be gone in the first day.... just saying....
Something is out there, something that makes you go mad if you lay your eyes on it.... mad to the point you will kill others, yourself, or both.. ...more
The hook of Bird Box is, like in much post-apocalyptic fiction, ...more
Even though thrillers aren’t among my favourite reads, this one had all the right ingredients. A mix of Dystopian Fiction with a healthy dose of Paranormal and two extremely interesting main characters. It was creepy and fascinating.
News of a series of completely abnormal action begin to reach the USA. In a contemporary world, violent deaths start from an area in Russia and escalate, spreading everywhere. What is it that makes these deaths horr ...more
Wonderfully creepy from start to finish, Bird Box made me feel the eerie presence of the mysterious creatures behind my blindfold and hear the sounds of madness! It takes an awful lot to creep me out, but Bird Box succeeded with the suspenseful intenseness of the unknown all the way to the apropos ending.
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You can't ever look at it or you will go violently insane. That is basically the premise of this book. What is it? What are they? Why are they here? What is it that people see that makes them go crazy? You'll have to r ...more
Our protagonist, Malorie, is young and a little naive. There is a global calamity going on and she seems very preoccupied with her own circumstances.
As a reader, you are concerned with our protagonist's perspective--can she navigate through this story safely for us? I wanted a more reliable, capable protagonist to ...more
I'm not a huge fan of horror, so I always sort of pushed back on this book and never read it when it was published in 2014. This, despite the wonderful ratings it had received from some of my favorite reviewers on Goodreads.
Then, it happened. I saw the labels “dystopian” and "post apocalyptic”. Now we're talking! Those are descriptions that speak my lingo. Some of my most beloved books are a mixture of both of those sub-genres: Station Eleven, Dark Matter, The Girl With All the Gifts. ...more