Summary

Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent).
Walk down narrow, clammy Slade Alley. Open the black iron door in the right-hand wall. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't exactly make sense. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Too late, you find you can't....
A taut, intricately woven, reality-warping tale that begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion at the wintry end of October 2015. Born out of the short story David Mitchell published on Twitter in 2014 and inhabiting the same universe as his latest best-selling novel The Bone Clocks, this is the perfect book to curl up with on a dark and stormy night.
©2015 David Mitchell (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton
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4 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 03-11-15

Classy Supernatural Tale

This is a genuinely enjoyable tale with no little depth to it which includes a repeating cycle as its main theme. This is no Groundhog Day experience though, each time through the cycle is seen from a different perspective. Most of the repetition is in the form of haunting "signposts" which chill the reader but seem superfluous to the characters.

The narrators are excellent, Thomas Judd does such a good job that I am disappointed when Tania Rodrigues takes over. Not for long. She carries the story along perfectly taking each of her main characters through their cycle with aplomb and building the tension expertly.

If I have a criticism it's that the last two of the five chapters are not as genuinely chilling as the rest. However, the clever juxtaposition of character perspective is very clever and the reveal in chapter four really did creep up on me.

The ending itself I found satisfying but I think will split opinions a little.

When all is said and done though, in my book this is very worthy of a credit.

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20 of 22 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By K. Bridges on 12-12-15

A great listen with a slightly disappointing endin

What made the experience of listening to Slade House the most enjoyable?

Thomas Judd is one of my favourite voice artists and his rendition of "Nathan" at the beginning of this novel is excellent. Slade House is a "short story" but it's a proper novella so there's time for the story to develop even though it isn't overlong.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to have a favourite, since the overarching characters are the horrible ones. I did like the way that Nathan was written though, and I thought Sally was the most sympathetic.

Which character – as performed by Tania Rodrigues and Thomas Judd – was your favourite?

The performance by Thomas Judd of an aspergers child was extremely sympathetic and very well done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, it isn't that sort of book

Any additional comments?

This is a "horror" story by genre, but it's really a thriller mystery with some ghostly horror thrown in. But for the absolute last gasp paragraph or two I would have given it 5 stars, I just didn't like the ending, but that is totally personal preference.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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