Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I’ve watched a few Netflix adaptations of books over Christmas, which is something I normally avoid. I am that person who jumps up and says – that’s not what happens in the book.

From the blurb:

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

My husband read this book last year, and raved about it. I read it earlier on this year and thought it was fantastic. Bird Box is an atmospheric and terrifying novel.

The protagonist Malorie is pregnant when people start to harm themselves, causing mass hysteria. The afflicted seem to have seen something so terrifying, it makes them kill themselves.

Malorie and a few survivors bunker down in a house. They cover all the windows, ration supplies and try to make it through this catastrophic event.

Five years later, Malorie is trying to make it to a sanctuary down the river, blindfolded, leading her two children to safety, or certain death. The children are named simply boy and girl, Malorie cannot bring herself to give them proper names, as she doesn’tknow if they will make it.

The film adaptation is mostly accurate, there are a few changes, but it mostly holds up. Heads up – you will not see the monster. If you want to watch the film to find out what the monster looks like, you will be disappointed. The whole point of this book and film, is that it’s what you can’t see that is terrifying.

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