This is one of the most interesting haunted house books I have ever read! Not that I really go out of my way to read haunted house books but I have read a few in my day, beginning with Nancy Drew and The Ghost of Grey Fox Inn or Agatha Christie’s Then There Were None. But in the hands of David Mitchell the premise of the haunted house is re examined and recreated into a stunning psychological mystery that is both intense and inventive and genre bending. Is it a thriller, a mystery, a detective story or fantasy? Whatever the answer, I predict that once you begin, you won’t be able to put it down!
Between Cranbury Avenue and Westwood Road, next door to an old working class pub called the Fox and Hound, is a long twisty alley called Slade Alley. It is an unremarkable, alley with brick walls on both sides, just one of many alleys that can be found across the city. But if the conditions are right, you just might happen to see the back metal door along the wall. If you push the door open you will enter a world you have never experienced before and meet the residents, Norah and Jonah Grayer. But don’t stay too long, you might never be able to leave!
The novel begins in the late 1970’s and then spanning five decades, a new story is revealed adding to our understanding of the house, the people who reside there and the mounting number of people who have disappeared down Slade Alley.
Mitchell is truly a unique and gifted writer. Nominated for the Man Booker prize twice, his books run the gamut from a historic novel like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet to a sc-fi fantasy like The Bone Clocks. Yet even though he has this wide genre repertoire, he has such a gift of story telling that even though creepy, haunted house stories aren’t really your thing, you are entranced by his creative story telling, the compelling plot line and the authority with he delivers them. But be careful! Once you pick up this book you may not be able to put it down!
Brenda’s Rating: *****(5 Out of 5 Stars)
Recommend this to: Lauren, Marian, Keith and Sharon
Book Study Worthy? Yes
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