Slade House – David Mitchell

28953095Title: Slade House
 
Author: David Mitchell
 
Genre: Horror
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.82/5
 
 

Synopsis: Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

 
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What I thought about the book: This book sounds so creepy, right?… Well, it’s a little bit meh. It certainly has it’s creepy moments but with the story broken up into a cycle of decades, I felt like I was reading a prologue over and over again. The story only really takes off near the end and then it was really interesting (bit late by then though!).
I found out after reading that this book is set in the same world as The Bone Clocks which I haven’t read. I enjoyed this one enough to get The Bone Clocks, it seems to be a bit more popular (by a bit, I mean double readership).
 
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My Rating: 
3 paws

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2 comments

  1. I read Slade House before The Bone Clocks and thought the latter was better for it. The Bone Clocks is also divided into distinct sections and they tend to end just when they’re most interesting. Since I’d read Slade House, I knew a few details about the overall story and it was easier to have patience when a section ended at its climax.
    I think I found Slade House creepier than you did though, haha. I even jumped a few times while reading! 🙂

  2. You share the same opinions as me. It sounded incredibly creepy but it just seemed to fall a little flat. There was so much build up to that scare factor moment and then it never seemed to follow through. So much was left a mystery where I feel that if more was explained I would have felt more of an impact

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