Let me know in the comments if you are planning to read any scary books this week. I'm actually away this weekend, in a cottage in the middle of the woods. Yep, on Halloween. In the middle of nowhere. In the dark. Hmm. This may have been a mistake. If you don't hear from me next Monday, send out a search party....
1. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
This was our first read for the 'Weird Things...' Book Club. You can read my interview with MR Carey over here.
Alex Broccoli is ten years old, likes onions on toast, and can balance on the back legs of his chair for fourteen minutes. His best friend is a 9000-year-old demon called Ruen.
When his depressive mother attempts suicide yet again, Alex meets child psychiatrist Anya. Still bearing the scars of her own daughter's battle with schizophrenia, Anya fears for Alex's mental health and attempts to convince him that Ruen doesn't exist. But as she runs out of medical proof for many of Alex's claims, she is faced with a question: does Alex suffer from schizophrenia, or can he really see demons?
Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed . . .
I'm excited to get stuck in!
Thanks to everyone for their kind comments over on my first Youtube video, by the way. You are lovely! xx