2 star reads - Courtney

(AudioBook) BirdBox by Josh Malerman

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Title - Bird Box 
Author - Josh Malerman 
Publisher - Ecco 
Published - May 13, 2014 
Genre - Horror/Thriller
Pages - 262

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?

I honestly don’t know what to say about this one. It was scary, gorey or even suspenseful. I had watched the movie on Netflix when it released and loved it. The movie at least was suspenseful and had a better story.

Your MC is Mallory, she has just found out she pregnant when a mystery things start happening all over the world. As these happenings keep occurring Mallory and her sister take precautions to block all the windows and stay inside. The news has reported that is you see them you go crazy and hurt others and eventually kill yourself. Soon Mallory is on her where she finds an ad in the paper leading her to go to Tom, don, Felix and the others in a house offering shelter.

BirdBox does flip back and forth to Mallory in the house with the others and Mallory on the river. So it can be easy to get confused, but the audiobook does make it a bit easier to keep up with the storylines in my opinion.

This one was honestly just boring for me. Maybe it’s just me and this wasn’t for me I don’t know. I don’t do suspenseful scary stuff very well so I was hesitant on picking this one up, but honestly there’s only like two scenes that have cringe to them and there really not even that horrible just gross 🤷🏻‍♀️.

I think josh is a great writer but there could have been so much more gore or at least suspense in this book. I also want to point out trigger warnings for death, suicide, giving birth(kinda descriptive in a scene) animal deaths, gouging of eye(mentions, not descriptive)

Overall this wasn’t bad, just not great in my opinion. I guess is just went in with high hopes and it disappointed. I do want to read josh’s other works and see if his writing improves. I do highly recommend the movie because it is way way better in my opinion.

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