Title: Slade House
Author: David Mitchell
Genres: Fantasy | Horror | Paranormal
Length: 233 pages
In an alley, there is a tiny iron door that only shows itself on certain times and is only visible to certain people.
If you happen to be one of them, be careful. Slade House has two inhabitants who will want you to stay forever.
Ok this review is going to be different because I simply have to gush over this amazing cover:
Not only is it absolutely gorgeous but it also conveys the feeling of the book splendidly.
And inside… Inside you are able to glimpse something that is one of the many secrets of the book in a chilling design:
Alright, enough gushing, on to the proper review.
Slade House is a difficult one to review. There are some books where you just can’t say much without spoiling the experience because the unveiling of the mysteries at the pace that the author presents them is what gives it such power, and this is one of them.
What I can tell you however is that it is a deliciously magical novel. For me, it was absolutely riveting, fast-paced and most of the time I was completely enthralled by the narrative. And every time I thought I knew what was happening, doh! Nope, the author got me.
I had heard good things about David Mitchell and this was my first experience with him. I can definitely say I would love to read more by him.
There were a couple of things I did not understand and if you have read the book I would love for you to let me know:
If it is said that Gordon did not call the handyman then that means he never left the orison that first time, right? Not like anyone else did. So how did he write the report describing the little door then?
It is said that one of the twins creates the orison and we don’t see much of that one during the interaction with their guest. I got the feeling that that twin does all the work keeping it up and whatnot. However, in some cases both Norah and Jonah appear, especially in the first one with Nathan. So how exactly does it work?
I was confused as to why they had to wait 9 more years after Freya. Does the door only open on that specific day at the end of October?
Norah kept arguing with her brother but I never got what alternative she was proposing. If they left, their bodies would age and rot, so what could they do?
Also, I was not a fan of the open ending and it makes me wonder if there will be a sequel, though it doesn’t look that way.
Other than that, this was an amazing read, highly recommended if you are looking for a magical tale with a chilling touch.
A solid 9 out of 10.
Read from Mar 3rd to Mar 4th, 2017