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.
‘BIRD BOX turns the old Hollywood cliché of facing down the demon inside out – then tears it into little pieces’
‘A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one's fingers'
‘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’
‘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’
‘Nailbiting … will keep you gripped till the last chapter’
'Unflagging suspense and ever-present dread’
'Uniquely disturbing, exceptionally compelling and beautifully written, I defy anyone not to read it in one sitting'
‘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.’
– Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)
About the author
Josh Malerman is the lead singer and songwriter for the rock band The High Strung. He lives in Ferndale, Michigan.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
While touring with his indie rock band, The High Strung, Josh Malerman spent his downtime writing one of the most assured and terrifying debut horror novels we’ve read in years. Bird Box creates a nightmare scenario: a world controlled by a malevolent alien force, where ordinary people must go sightless or risk madness and death. Malerman’s spare prose, pitiless monsters and realistic settings remind us of Stephen King, but Bird Box hurtles forward with a zippy energy all its own. Experience the book’s unique terrors before you see the Sandra Bullock movie.
The sight of something unknown drives people to savagely attack others before taking their own lives in Malerman's terrific debut, a sophisticated update of John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids. First reported in Russia, the mysterious plague spreads to the U.S., where it takes a devastating toll on humanity. The only defense against the madness is to avoid looking at the outside world. Four years after the initial outbreak, Malorie lives with her four-year-old twins, known as Boy and Girl, in a suburban Detroit house with sealed windows that has been prepared for long-term survival, stocked with food and other necessary supplies. When Malorie and her children go outside for brief periods, they do so blindfolded. Now Malorie has decided that the time is right for them to flee their refuge. The author uses understatement and allusion to create a lean, spellbinding thriller that Stephen King fans will relish.
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Good read, but a little disappointing after reading such good reviews.
Birdbox is the best book I have read since Harry Potter!!
This book is truly an amazing read!! After reading the first few pages I couldn't put it down I'm not really one for reading horror but this book is so well written with such a captivating story it's so hard not to read, I really hope there is another book to follow on the story or even just another book from the writer. An absolute must read!! You won't be disappointed!
A read in one sitting page turner
Well paced, the horror builds slowly. Reconvened even if horror is not your normal thing.