Book read: Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House by David MitchellMy first book of the year 2016. And a great read!

Slade House can only be reached through a gate in Slade Alley that is only visible some of the time. The house takes more space up than there is in the area, and people have been known to disappear ‘near Slade Alley’. Mysterious!

Every nine years, someone disappears. The person who investigates such an appearance will find nothing, unless he’s in the right place at the right time. And then he may disappear too.

A real page turner. With, as we are used to with Mitchell, references to other books by this author. Some are rather subtle, and I am bound to have missed a few. But a Dr. Marinus? Ah, yes! The ending was surprising, in a good way.

The publisher says:

“Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest bestselling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.

Turn down Slade Alley – narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies.

A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t.

This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and reaches its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe’en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a ‘guest’ is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs…”

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Number of pages: 234

First published: 2015

I got this: bought at local bookshop

Genre: Supernatural thriller


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6 Responses to Book read: Slade House by David Mitchell

  1. Siobhan says:

    Loved, loved, loved The Bone Clocks. This is now on my must read list.

  2. curlygeek04 says:

    This was such a creepy book! I loved it, although liked the end less than the rest of it. A great companion to The Bone Clocks but a great stand-alone haunted house story too.

  3. I like the look of this one. I think it will be the first David Mitchell I read.

  4. Charlie says:

    Good that you enjoyed your first book of the year. I like the premise but I’ve not read any of his books yet (Cloud Atlas on the TBR) so I think I’ll wait a bit.

  5. Leslie says:

    I just downloaded the audio of this to my phone. Not thrilled with the narration but I don’t have time to add another print book and I don’t want to wait to read it.

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