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Bird Box

Bird BoxBird Box by Josh Malerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s rare I finish reading a novel so quickly, but this remarkable, compelling debut kept me turning the pages right until the end. As imaginative, original, and character-driven as the best horror novels, it’s hard to believe something as accomplished as BIRD BOX is Malerman’s first. The story is gripping, mysterious, and at times utterly harrowing. The tension and suspense are handled masterfully. The prose is unexpectedly spare, but it works. Somehow Malerman manages to get so deep inside Malorie’s head, even with an economy of words, that I felt like I knew her intimately and shared her anxieties and fears. I’m excited to see where Malerman goes from here. If his next novel is as good as this one, we’re witnessing the ascension of a new superstar within the genre.

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