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Bird Box [Kindle Edition]

Josh Malerman
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Josh Malerman’s debut novel BIRD BOX is a terrifying, psychological thriller that is sure to stay with you long after reading.

Most people dismissed the reports on the news. But they became too frequent; they became too real. And soon it was happening to people we knew.

Then the Internet died. The televisions and radios went silent. The phones stopped ringing

And we couldn’t look outside anymore.

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‘BIRD BOX turns the old Hollywood cliché of facing down the demon inside out – then tears it into little pieces’ Daily Mail

‘A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one's fingers'
Hugh Howey

‘A lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.’ Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW)

‘You wonder whether that brush against your shoulder was some unspeakable horror or merely a falling leaf’ SFX

‘This completely compelling novel contains a thousand subtle touches but no mere flourishes – it is so well, so efficiently, so directly written I read it with real admiration’ Peter Straub

‘Nailbiting … will keep you gripped till the last chapter’ SciFiNow

'Unflagging suspense and ever-present dread’ Adam Nevill

'Uniquely disturbing, exceptionally compelling and beautifully written, I defy anyone not to read it in one sitting' Sarah Pinborough

‘An unsettling thriller, earns comparisons to Hitchcock's The Birds, as well as the finer efforts of Stephen King and cult sci-fi fantasist Jonathan Carroll.’

About the Author

Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FIUO8K0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brooding and dark mystery/thriller with an edge. 27 Feb. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The human race is dying. It's dying because there's something on the planet so terrible one single glance will render the unfortunate watcher insane. Death follows soon behind. Straggling groups of humanity have gone into hiding with as much screening around windows and doors as possible. If they dare venture out they wear blindfolds, peep through half closed eyes or glance at the ground.

Malorie, pregnant when we meet her, is the principal character. Malorie already has two children and her history is given in flashbacks and real time as she sets out on an journey to find a safe place to deliver her baby and it's going to be a perilous journey. There's some well worked tension here with the 'horror' contained in the dangers Malorie meets along the way. She has to travel 'blind' and neither she nor the reader knows that what she meets up with is real or imaginary.

Once at the safe house the plot alters into an exploration of the dynamics within a group of survivors and the growing uncertainty over just how safe they really are...from one another as much as anything prowling around outside. The horror shifts from outside to inside and I think that's quite cleverly worked.

Much in 'Bird Box' is unexplained and much unexplored. The 'monsters' remain mysterious and that's a key to the suspense along with the idea of sighted people becoming suddenly, temporarily, blinded. They can't trust their eyes and are always aware, beneath those blindfolds, of just how close insanity and death might be.

Not a traditional horror by any means. Quite enjoyed Bird Box. A 4* read for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ......when the machine stops 24 Mar. 2014
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This is a very very scary book as it deals in the most primitive of the fears of civilised society ~ the end of it. Anyone recently experiencing the catastrophes caused by the appalling weather resulting in loss of basic power will "know" this book; when disaster comes knocking at your door there really is nowhere to hide.

Reminiscent of Emma Donoghu's "Room" and the unbelievably underrated Shyamalan film "The Happening" "Bird Box" closes in on a family's devastation when the invisible (?) fear is destroying everyday folk outside the door and Malorie makes the decision to get her two children to safety. Here the book wanders into "Night of the Hunter" territory, another book/film that deals with an unseen fear.

Malerman's use of "seeing" as fear is so fundamental and so widespread that insanity is a possible solution; denial, ignorance are other answers and it is not too far fetched to see that the "monsters" have been living among us all the time as grinning bureaucrats and politicians.

It will take time to digest this book as it is written with Fear as its narrator. What will happen to us all when the "taken for granted" elements of our comfort and security turn against us, when agoraphobia becomes the norm?

A book not to be taken lightly and one that raises so many questions about the future survival of society and even the planet that I, for one, had to take frequent breaks from its intensity
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary stuff 26 Oct. 2014
How do you write a brilliantly effective and downright scary horror novel without ever showing any violence, or any monsters, or even giving the reader a chance to guess at what the bad thing actually is?

Read Bird Box by Josh Malerman - the most claustrophobic and frightening thing I've read in ages. That's an object lesson in how you do it.

Something has happened and the world has gone mad. Something sends people mad just through the medium of sight. Our lead characters can't walk around outside without blindfolds, they can't open the curtains or the outside doors. They're stuck inside and effectively blinded.

The sense of claustrophobia and terror he creates is palpable. We never see any on the page violence. We see the results of the violence. The lead character occasionally hears the violence but it's never explicitly described, which makes it all the more disorienting and, to be honest, freaking terrifying.

By never revealing the true nature of the creatures or whatever is out there, he keeps the reader guessing and creating their own explanations. Similar to Hitchcock's the birds, the reasons for what's happening don't really matter. It's happening. That's what matters. The characters could die at any time merely for opening their eyes. If you don't find that a scary concept...

I can't recommend this book too highly. This is up there with the best that modern horror fiction can offer. And it's his debut! Malerman is a name I will keep an eye out for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing 31 Dec. 2013
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The blurb on the back cover of this book was what drew my attention to this, and made me get hold of a review copy. It did look like it could be slightly different and possibly quite intriguing, and I am glad I have now read it. I will admit that whilst reading this though I did have to wonder if this could turn out to be a bit of a 'Marmite' book.

The story starts with us getting to know Malorie, and her two children, but as you carry on not only do you read what happens next, but you are also taken into the near past with 'flashback' chapters. Malorie's two children are both now four years old, but the story really starts before their birth. With reports initially from Russia it seems that people are seeing something that drives them mad, killing others, and then themselves. Some believe these tales whereas others are much more sceptical, but gradually reports start coming in from other countries. As people are dying, and Malorie has just lost her sister, she needs to find some place of safety to give birth. Having to drive whilst trying to keep her eyes shut isn't that easy, but Malorie does find somewhere to stay.

There is quite a bit of suspense here, especially as the story flips back and forth between present and past, but it is the group dynamics in the house where Malorie goes that provides the strongest and most interesting parts of this book. We are never really certain about what people see which causes them to go mad; we can only assume that the 'creatures' are either aliens or some type of Lovecraftian beast. By people having to wear blindfolds outside, and always be aware of the creatures, as well as the decimation in the population this has caused, we perhaps do get a better understanding of what it must be like to suddenly lose your sight.
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Strange and scary, good read
Published 13 hours ago by Gary Stillings
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and thoughtful but still chilling.
A welcome take on the apocolyptic tale, which eschews the gratuitous violence associated with the genre, relying rather on atmosphere and character development.
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This is the first book to hook me in a long, so much so that I read the entire thing in a day. It's dark and gritty and more of a subtle horror, less jump out at you and more creep... Read more
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Published 27 days ago by Barry Gurney
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Published 1 month ago by Hiya watha
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
inconclusive and rather silly!
Published 1 month ago by vivien potter
3.0 out of 5 stars Blindfolded sections are generally well done and suspenseful but the...
Was expecting more considering what I had heard about this book.

The blindfolded sections are generally well done and suspenseful but the characterisation and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr Mantis Toboggan MD
3.0 out of 5 stars well written and kept me involved however I couldn't say I really...
A very odd story, well written and kept me involved however I couldn't say I really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Cowie
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