Fans of the trippy, menacing, and occult, take note of Slade House for this Halloween. It’s a haunted house story with a little something extra.
Down a little side street near a pub, there’s an old house called Slade House. However, it’s not there all the time, not anymore. Just once every nine years or so, when the brother and sister who live there invite someone inside. And then never let them leave.
I don’t want to give away too much of the intricate plot, but I will say that the story spans decades and tells the story of several of the “guests” of Slade House. It’s reality-bending and very creepy. And once you know what the stakes are, the constant uneasy and confusing atmosphere becomes threatening.
Slade House is compelling, intricate, and has a great atmosphere of danger and confusion. If you like haunted house stories with a twist, give this a look!
Here we are, nearly at the end of another year of reading, and it’s time to tally up the favorites!
Below please find my list of my favorite books of the past year. These aren’t necessarily books published in 2017, just ones I read this year. If I wrote a blog post for a title, I linked to it. If I didn’t, I linked to the Goodreads page.
It’s been a pretty good year, as far as books go. I found a couple of new favorite authors (Amy Stewart and Karen Maitland) and re-visited some old pals (like Ottessa Moshfegh). I ended up enjoying quite a bit of weird/fantastic fiction, which isn’t usually my thing. Nice to get out of the old comfort zone!
I suppose it’s a little pessimistic to say I’m not going to find another favorite book in the next three weeks, but I don’t think it’ll happen. Unless my current reads really take a turn and deliver something extraordinary, I think I’ll leave it here.
Marie’s Favorite Reads of 2017:
The Hike by Drew Magary
Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions by David Quammen
Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
The Year of the Gadfly by Jennifer Miller
When the English Fall by David Williams
Slade House by David Mitchell
Enjoy the last few reading weeks of 2017! I hope you found lots of new favorites this year, too!