Slade House, by David Mitchell

Slade House, by David Mitchell

Title: Slade House
Author: David Mitchell
Pages: 256
Originally Published: 2015 (Today!)
Format I Read: ARC from Netgalley
Publisher: Random House

Ah. David Mitchell. Over time, I have learned that his books will always be worth the effort it takes to read them. This book, after reading Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks, was refreshingly short and deftly simple. It’s a ghost story that takes place in the same universe as The Bone Clocks.

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. . . .

It’s spooky and chilling. David Mitchell is so good at drawing believable and distinct characters, as well as driving the plot relentlessly forward. I would definitely recommend this book. It certainly works as a stand alone, for those who would like a shorter introduction into this universe. But it also pairs nicely with The Bone Clocks. Certain plot elements and characters overlap, making for fun clue hunting for those who have already experienced The Bone Clocks. Slade House is available today!

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