Slade House

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4.5 stars

...I'd scream if I could but I can't my chest's full of molten panic it's choking me choking it's wolves it's winter it's bones it's cartilage skin liver lungs it's Hunger it's Hunger it's Hunger and Run!

A delightful romp into the creepy, ghostly, occult world of David Mitchell.

Slade House, a ghostly entity/vision/trap which is manned by malicious, parasitic twins, is open one day every nine years, to a special "guest" who is lured into this hologram world, constructed in order to attract and entice until the twin spiders have their juicy prey caught in their web. Each prey is a very well developed, believable character, brought to the house in different ways, for varying reasons. As you learn more about the ways of Slade House, you want to scream warnings, but in vain - suddenly you remember it's a book and it will go along its inevitable course. Each chapter is nine years apart from the next. The tension mounts with every layer.

I hear this is "diet David Mitchell" fare, much less complex than his other books. I loved it though, and I'll seek out his other works now. Perhaps this book is a sort of Slade House: I have been brought in and now am helpless and at the mercy of his talent.

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents – an odd brother and sister – extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story – as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

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