(5 / 5)
WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES
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.
This post apocalyptic book was this author’s debut novel which BLOWS MY MIND. The main character of this story, Malorie, is pretty much a bad ass and deserves our respect and adoration by the end. The story is from her perspective and switches back and fourth between now and 4 years ago when the “phenomena” started happening. The only thing we know is something makes people go mad and kill other people and then themselves in the cruelest ways when they look directly at it. We have no idea what it is though, maybe creature, maybe human?
At times it was a spine-tingling psychological thriller, at others it was a heart-pounding, jaw-dropping terror. It is extremely graphic at a few particular places and has some blood and gore, fairly high body count, so it is definitely a mature book.
There were many things that were unique about this book, and many of them can’t be talked about without any *minor* spoilers! If you want to go in blind, skip down to the next bullet point! One of the most unique things about this book is that you don’t ever get to see what the monsters look like, let alone some other things about them. They are such a mystery that their looks play into part of the horror of the novel, and part of that horror is the mystery. I know some people disliked that aspect of the book but I liked it!
I can honestly say that there isn’t anything that I didn’t like about this book. It had all the right fixins to make for a superior page turner that I couldn’t put down until I had finished it in one sitting.
Final Verdict:: Run right out and get this book! It is an amazing page turning psychological thriller! Secure your copy from the library, absolutely buy it at the book sale. It is kind of short so keep that in mind when paying big money for this book, but I think it is worth it!
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