Review From User :
(rating bumped from 4 up to 5 stars after thinking about it more)
A few days ago when I finished this book, initially I was pissed off and disappointed at the ending. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but upon a few days' reflection I've realized that it was the only realistic way this could end. SO, if you are wary of reading this because you don't want an open ending, don't be! Malerman made the right choice in leaving some things unknown, because ultimately it works best for this type of story.
NOW, THE BOOK. This book was fantastic! The general idea is that there is an unknown force that causes people to become murderous and suicidal when they see it. Nobody knows if it's a race of strange creatures, or any other number of things, but they know that it's out there and it's killing people. This strikes so much fear in the entire population that most people stop leaving their houses, but when they do, they blindfold themselves to prevent themselves from seeing this strange enemy.
In the end, that blindness is what makes this book so terrifying.
Since the characters you're reading about are wandering around in this messed-up, apocalyptic world with only their senses of smell, touch, and hearing essentially, every little unexplainable noise or feeling is horrific. They never know if there could be something right next to them that is capable of killing them, and as a reader, neither do you! It was so scary! The way the book is written is really immersive, and you feel like you're right there along with Malorie, her children, and the rest of the gang.
Another thing that was great about this book was the non-linear timeline. Normally this type of storytelling gets a bit tiresome to me, because it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of what's going on. That was not the case with this book. It skips between a number of time points across a 4-year span, and it never became confusing somehow. I didn't even really realize how well done it was until after I finished the book. This method also added a lot of suspense to the story, and my heart was literally racing throughout most of the book.
So, if you couldn't tell, I really enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it for anybody who wants a really spooky thriller novel.
Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn’t look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.