From the Sunday Times bestselling author of 13 Minutes and the writer behind Netflix's Behind Her Eyes comes a heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, life and death which will take your breath away.
Toby is a boy who has forgotten how to live.
Clara is a girl who was born to die.
Toby's life was perfectly normal . . .
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House. Isolated from the outside world the inhabitants of are watched for any signs of a mysterious illness . . .
Clara was a girl who had everything. Adored by her friends and her family, her life was destined for greatness. Now, Clara is the newest resident of the Death House and she's determined not to allow her life to end there.
This is Toby and Clara's story.
Readers love The Death House:
'A marvel of a read, beautifully emotional, so terribly addictive that I read it in one afternoon and just as a warning, will stomp all over your heart and make it bleed' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'A beautifully told story. [Pinborough] has captured the lives, fears, small pockets of happiness and the complexity of the lives and losses of those involved. The hopes, loves and fears of the characters are superbly evoked before a heart-rending yet inevitable conclusion' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'One of those rare books for which there are just not enough stars. Beautiful. And now I must go and wring out my heart' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'I love books like this, the sort of fiction that promotes introspection . . . This beautiful story ends on a pitch-perfect bittersweet note. I'll happily admit, I felt emotionally drained when I got to the last page' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
'The Death House is an impressive story about life and death, living in uncertainty, having a terrible inescapable destiny, friendship and love' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
The Death House of this coming-of-age novel is where "defective" children abducted from their families are warehoused as they anxiously await the emergence of symptoms signaling their inevitable deaths. Toby, the appealing 17-year-old narrator, struggles to adapt to the grim sociology of the place, even as he copes with the usual teenage angst and moons over Julie McKendrick, his great love that might have been. But when freckle-faced Clara appears on the scene, the reader knows that Julie will soon be a fading memory and Toby is about to find love in the midst of death. Will he beat the odds? Will love conquer all? If Pinborough (Beauty) was aiming at Ishiguro territory, she has fallen short. Readers, rather than being sucked into her world, are more likely to find themselves distracted by a host of unanswered questions and resentful of the constantly escalating emotional manipulation. Young adults may enjoy this novel; adult readers will find it less Never Let Me Go and more Romeo and Juliet light.
Not a word wasted, you will shed a tear
Another beautifully written novel by Sarah Pinborough. Not a word is wasted. You will shed a tear or two.