Review: Slade House (David Mitchell)

Genre: Horror

Rating: ★★★★


Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .


My first horror novel! I’ve tried reading Mitchell’s previous book Black Swan Green but ended up abandoning it because I wasn’t familiar with his fantasy-style of writing. Then I decided to give Slade House a try.

And it is really good! It tells the tale of 5 individuals who are attracted to Slade House and become victims to the twin’s plans for immortality.

What was really great is Mitchell’s way of storytelling, weaving you into the story and then giving unexpected plot twists. Countless of times my face scrunched up in horror at the victim’s fate and that ending thoroughly disturbed me till this day…

I never knew horror books could be so captivating, this book really sucked me in, and it’s so short so it’s great for horror-beginners.

I’d definitely recommend it if you want something different in your reads. Slade House is also a companion novel to The Bone Clocks, so I will definitely look out for this one in the future! 🙂



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