Bird Box

Finished Bird Box by Josh Malerman.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, 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 remains, 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’s 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. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?

Interweaving past and present, Bird Box is a snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.”

If you’re in the mood for something creepy, this is your book.  We don’t know what the monster is, only that if you see it, you will go crazy and you will kill yourself.  (And you may kill other people first.)  The paranoia behind this is incredible and I’m not even sure you can call it paranoia when the threat is very much real.

I absolutely loved this book, and it creeped me out beyond all reason.  I jumped at every noise and anything from outside was terrifying.

Highly recommended.

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