Rating: 5 Stars ★★★★★
Malorie stands in the kitchen, thinking.
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.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
Holy crap this book was utterly terrifying. Imagine there is something out there, no one knows exactly what. The only thing you know is that if you see it, you’ll go mad and you will kill those around you and eventually yourself in a horrifying manner. So keep your eyes closed.
In recent days, the Internet has blown up with a story people are calling the ‘Russia Report’. In it, a man who was riding in the passenger seat of a truck driving along a snowy highway outside St Petersburg asked his friend, who was driving, to pull over and then attacked him, removing his lips with his fingernails. Then he took his own life in the snow, using a table saw from the truck bed.
I absolutely couldn’t put this book down. I had to finish it in one sitting. I had to know what would happen to Malorie and the kids.
Because I cared deeply about the characters, which is another great point of this book. They live in a post-apocalyptic world where you can’t go outside without a blindfold on. You have to check every day your windows are hanged so there’s no chance of peeking outside.
How do you get anywhere without seeing? Knowing exactly that there’s something out there, waiting.
The river is an amphitheater, Malorie muses, paddling.
But it’s also a grave.
The children must listen.
Malorie cannot stave off the visions of hands emerging from the darkness, clutching the heads of the children, deliberately untying that which protects them.
The book jumps in time from when the events first started and Malorie, pregnant, joins a community of survivors to the time she leaves the house with her two four-year-old kids to get to a place she hopes will be safer.
I so wanted Malorie and the kids to survive. It was terrifying imagining them out there, blind, going somewhere that we’re not even sure is safe for them.
It was also fascinating to read how Malorie changed. A regular girl at first, as a mother, she makes some tough choices regarding her kids that are horrible to read about and yet, you still care for her. She’s deeply traumatized and doesn’t know how else to keep them safe.
That was the first living human voice they’ve ever heard other than each other’s. Yet, they didn’t listen to him.
Yes, she has trained them well. But it’s not a nice thing to think about. Training the children means she has scared them so completely that under no circumstances will they disobey her.
Read this if you’re looking for something to keep your heartbeat up and completely absorb you.
An amazing horror thriller.