Bird Box by Josh Malerman – Book Review

Something is out there . . .Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse 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 remain, 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 is 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. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey–a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside–and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.

Dark Reads Review

5 Stars!

I read Bird Box back in January 2019, I wanted to share my review with you as I loved it so much!

Just wow!

I loved this book from beginning to end, the sheer suspense was brilliant! The absolute suffocating feeling of not being able to see the unknown horror right in front of you, or the outside world for even a second was palpable. I could not put this book down!

I found myself completely invested in the characters, even though I felt I didn’t get to know them properly until towards the very end of the book. 

I am a firm believer that the most frightening things are the ones you can’t see, and in this case, even comprehend. Bird Box allows each and every readers dark imagination take over. Awesome!

I have seen mixed reviews on this book but would say if you are considering reading Bird Box, just read it, NOW!

Malerman is a master of suspense and I can’t wait to read more!

  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco Press
  • ISBN-10: 0062259652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062259653
  • Published: 13th May 2014

Get your copy here

About The Author

From the author’s blog;

Josh Malerman is an American author of novels and short stories. Before publishing his debut novel Bird Box with ECCO/HarperCollins, he wrote fourteen novels, never having shopped one of them.

Being the singer/songwriter of the Detroit rock band The High Strung, Malerman toured the country for six years, as the band played an average of 250 shows a year, and Malerman wrote many of the rough drafts for these novels in the passenger seat between cities on tour. He says this about those days: “I never saw the books with dollar signs in my eyes. It was no hobby, that’s for sure, it was the real thing and always has been, but I was happy, then, simply writing, and while I blindly assumed they’d be published one day, I had no idea how something like that occurred.”

As the pile of rough drafts grew, so did the questions as to what he was planning on doing with them. Malerman often says that he lived long in a “glorious delusion” in which he took part in phantom interviews, pretended to have an agent, debated with fictitious editors, and placed invisible hardcover books upon his shelves.

It wasn’t until a friend from high school, Dave Simmer, contacted him that those delusions became reality. Simmer, having worked with authors and properties in Hollywood, asked Malerman’s permission to send one of his books to some people he knew in the book business. Malerman heartily agreed and the pair sent out Goblin, a collection of novellas that all take place in the titular city of Goblin. From there, a team was assembled and Malerman suddenly found himself speaking with a real agent and debating with actual editors. He says this of the part Simmer played in his career: “There were two things at play at that point in time; one, Dave was a ghostly benefactor, golden hearted and smart, descending from the sky to help me. And two, what may sound like some luck couldn’t have become fortunate if I wasn’t armed with a dozen novels to talk shop with.”

A limited edition of Goblin is set for publication on Halloween of 2017, through Earthling Publications.

Bird Box was released in 2014 and many short stories and novellas have followed.

Black Mad Wheel (ECCO/HarperCollins) is slated for May of 2017 and Malerman now has the task of juggling between the twenty-seven already written novels and whatever new ideas come going forward.

Cemetery Dance is set to publish a hardcover limited edition of On This, the Day of the Pig in late 2017.

Del Rey (Penguin/Random House) has purchased the rights to Unbury Carol, a fantastic horror-western to be published in April of 2018.

The High Strung are working on a new album and Malerman is working on a new book, freehand this time, in an attempt to get back to how he used to write rough drafts.

You can see more from Josh Malerman on his Blog and Twitter

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