Four stars, read in August 2017.
I love the format of this book, the way each section is told from the perspective of one of the house’s victims. It felt especially intimate that way, making the story personal and a little emotional as well as creepy.
This is the sixth of Mitchell’s books that I’ve read, and I really wonder what it would be like for someone who hasn’t read his others. Knowing who [a certain character toward the end] was really affected the way I experienced the last section, and I wonder how well all the Horology elements would have worked for me if I hadn’t read The Bone Clocks already. (Side note: I listened to this on audio, so I may be remembering spellings incorrectly.) The second half of Slade House suddenly hit all of that stuff hard, and I feel like it may have seemed abrupt and overly complicated to someone who’d spent the first half of the book thinking it was just a scary story. If I’d been concentrating harder, I could have seen it from a newcomer’s perspective as well as my own, but I wasn’t.
This—like the rest of Mitchell’s books—doesn’t quite live up to Cloud Atlas for me, but in a way that . . . doesn’t bother me, if that makes sense? I just really enjoy being in that world for a while. And Slade House is much creepier than the others, even a little gory—which would not be my preference in general, but was a pretty cool angle for one book in the collection to take. If you’re a fan of either David Mitchell or the horror/fantasy genres, you’ll want to try it out.