‘Bird Box’ by Josh Malerman – A book review and giveaway

I’m a book lover, there’s no two ways about it. I have been obsessed with books from a very young age and it’s never changed – I love books so much that it’s hard to put in to words (I’m sure there’s some sort of deep irony in there?) but the amount that I read, unless blogging/life, takes over is testament to it, I think.

When I get given the chance to review books for the blog I have no choice but to say yes, there is something inside me that considers it painfully wrong to turn down the chance to have a new book to read – It’s an utterly alien concept! If someone says ‘Would you like me to send you an interesting new book to read?’ the answer should Always be yes!

This does mean that, sometimes I end up with books that take me a while to get in to because, although I will read anything, some things don’t strike that spark in me as others do. As luck would have it, though, ‘Bird Box’, by Josh Malerman, was a book that sparked and sparked and didn’t stop until I was finished a few hours later!

I read it in one evening, I had some books I wanted to read on the kindle on my journey to London but I had really wanted to get this read so I thought I’d give it a go. I resurfaced a few hours later feeling rather disoriented because I had forgotten about the real world and was living in the unnerving world that was created within this chilling novel.

Instantly the story captures you because the intrigue is palpable – I defy anyone to not read the first few chapters of this book and go ‘What, On, Earth?!’ – It’s captivating because it’s odd, it’s wrong, it’s eerie and you want, no Need, to know why this is happening and what on earth could possibly happen next!

The world that the, few, characters inhabit is one that’s utterly alien to us, the world has become a place where you cannot open your eyes outside, if you do then you won’t survive. Terrifying, no? The story follows two paths, it follows a woman and two children as they try to exist within this world and it also follows a story of how the woman, and the world, came to be in this situation. It’s simple, but it works, the timing and the pacing of both threads of the story work perfectly in their separate ways and intertwining together too.

The book was released on the 3rd April and I urge you to give it a go, if you can cope with something that’s rather chilling that is, because it’s just utterly utterly captivating. I’ve not enjoyed something like I enjoyed ‘Bird Box’ in a really long time. You can buy the book from Amazon, HERE.

If you’re feeling lucky, though, then I’d recommend entering my giveaway as I’m allowed to offer one of you, lovely readers, the chance to win a copy of this book! I’m so glad that I’ll be able to allow someone else to enjoy it, just as I have.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

– You must be 18 or over to enter the giveaway
– The Giveaway is open to residents of the UK only
– The winner will be picked via Rafflecopter
– There will be one winner
– The winner will have 28 days to respond to my email informing them of the win, if they do not respond another winner will be drawn.
– The giveaway runs until midnight on 28th April 2014
– The winner will need to supply me with their details in order for me to pass those on to the company who’ll supply the prize

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  1. Ailsa Sinclair April 14, 2014 / 3:27 pm

    Looks like an interesting read. currently im reading Divergent. so close to finishing but i love it, went to see the movie twice already! x

  2. Lorraine April 14, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    No-one as sex on a Tuesday by Tracey Bloom – very good and funny so far.

  3. Hilda Hazel Wright April 14, 2014 / 6:40 pm

    I'm in between books as I have a backlog of newspapers! The free papers in Waitrose at the weekend has become a bit of a habit! I really need to get back to books! I've heard this book mentioned before and it sounds like a great read, I have a shelf full of books about world disasters/coming to an end! I'm addicted to them!

  4. Meg Bailey April 14, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    One night in winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Sashenka was amazing and this is too!

  5. Amanda Hart April 14, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    Blood brothers

  6. Bex April 14, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    Desire by PT Michelle

  7. Ashley Perez April 15, 2014 / 2:35 am

    I am not reading anything that is why I hope to win so I can read this novel (:

  8. Annie G April 15, 2014 / 7:45 am

    I'm currently reading The Shock Of The Fall

  9. Chris April 15, 2014 / 11:04 am

    currently…….. The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb

  10. Anonymous April 15, 2014 / 12:13 pm

    Eliajah's Mermaid by Essie Fox


  11. Rhoda April 15, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    I'm rereading A Song of Ice And Fire series and loving it even more than first time around.

  12. Anonymous April 15, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    call the midwife
    olga carpenter

  13. Anonymous April 15, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    Daddys gone a Hunting. mary Higgins Clark

  14. Emma Nixon April 15, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    Some old books. Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes books.

  15. clairew137 April 15, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    Thanks for the memories by Cecelia Ahern

  16. Anonymous April 15, 2014 / 8:42 pm

    Re-reading P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern. Read the book, seen the film :- both great.

    Rachel Craig

  17. Anonymous April 16, 2014 / 10:54 am

    A really good biography of Jimi Hendrix.

  18. Scott Fallon April 16, 2014 / 11:23 am

    Harry Houdini biography

  19. Zoe R April 16, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    Wind in the Willows again with my kids they love it

  20. Ruth Harwood April 17, 2014 / 7:42 am

    Daylight on Iron Mountain by David Wingrove 🙂

  21. Allan April 17, 2014 / 6:28 pm


  22. Sue McCarthy April 18, 2014 / 11:55 am

    I don't get much time for reading unfortunately.

  23. LauraF April 18, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    World War Z sorry i cant remember the author.

  24. Michael Clyma April 20, 2014 / 7:34 am

    To Kill A Mockingbird by harper lee

  25. Richard April 24, 2014 / 12:11 am

    Treachery in Bordeaux

  26. Rebecca Gransden April 25, 2014 / 11:45 am

    The Verdict by Nick Stone

  27. Anonymous April 25, 2014 / 12:32 pm

    Pet cemetery by Stephen King. My mum has all his books and I must say there's nothing like a classic horror 😀
    Rachel white

  28. Kerry Kilmister April 26, 2014 / 1:21 am

    I am currently reading the Tube Riders by Chris Ward

  29. Phyllis Ellett April 26, 2014 / 3:57 am

    Reading Thirteen Days To Midnight by Patrick Carman

  30. Anonymous April 26, 2014 / 10:31 am

    kate atkinson behind the scenes at the museum

  31. Charmian Filewood April 26, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

  32. Nicola Holland April 27, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    Nothing specific as looking for a good book to read!

  33. Sarah Saunders April 27, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    Dead Letter Drop by Peter James

  34. LAURA WHEATLEY April 27, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    I just finished reading the karen moning dream fever series. this book looks really interesting xx

  35. Faridah April 27, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    Just finished Behind the Scenes at the Museum.

  36. Pam Francis Gregory April 27, 2014 / 7:45 pm

    Song of Fire and Ice series by George R R Martin

  37. CLAIRE LITTLE April 27, 2014 / 8:14 pm

    a pretty boring book I can't even remember the name off :/

  38. TazzyMK April 27, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    Eeny Meeny, the book will be for sale next week, its fab if you like crime thrillers.

  39. Pretenna April 27, 2014 / 8:29 pm

    Brave Story by Miyuki Miyabe (again!)

  40. AmyJo April 28, 2014 / 11:49 am

    Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar

  41. Chris Fletcher April 28, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    I'm currently reading Stonemouth by Iain Banks

  42. Nina JC April 28, 2014 / 4:48 pm

    I'm currently reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  43. Anonymous April 28, 2014 / 7:04 pm

    going to start the book thief
    lisa ann tebbutt

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