Hidden down the twists and turns of Slade Alley is a small iron door. Behind the door is a house, where no house should be, and within that house is a pair of siblings that have been waiting for you. The moment you walk through that iron door, they’ve already got you. David Mitchell’s Slade House is a dark story with surprises at every turn.
This is a great book for Mitchell fans and newbies alike. Those of you who read The Bone Clocks will notice some familiar themes and characters. Many critics gave this book mixed reviews calling it both “confusing” yet “accessible.” For me, the accessible part came from the ease of reading it, and how easy it was to get hooked and enjoy the story, and the confusing part came from the fact that the book seemed like it would answer some of the zillion questions raised in The Bone Clocks, but doesn’t quite.
In the end I’d recommend this book for anybody who wants a fun, and slightly scary, read. Or for Mitchell fans who want more of his world, but are fine without getting any answers about it.
Ratings on a scale of 1 (low) to 5 (high)
Entertainment: 4 // Craft: 4 // Story: 4 // Scare factor: eh, 2 or 3, you’ll be able to sleep at night.