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David Mitchell was born in 1969 and grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from the University of Kent, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, GHOSTWRITTEN. Published in 1999, it received the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Award and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
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Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow lane, if the conditions are just right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you. At first you won’t want to leave. You’ll find out later that you can’t.
Every nine years, the home’s occupants, an odd pair of siblings, invite someone different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a newly divorced police officer, a shy college student. But what is really happening at the Slade House? For connoisseurs it is already too late. . . .
Spanning five decades, from the waning days of the 1970s to the present, hopping between genres and coming to a breathtaking ending, this intricately woven novel takes you on a new, reality-distorting take on the history of the House of Mitchell. Imagine.
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The story is told in 5 parts, the first starting in 1979. The setting is a strange house called Slade House, located in Slade Alley, an unusual place in an area of the Thames Valley in England. I say strange because some mysterious events happen in this house and it is only accessible through a small iron gate that can be opened every 9 years. There is a pub nearby called The Fox and Hounds.
At the end of the first section we are introduced to the main characters, a brother and his twin sister, Jonah and Nora Grayer. We know they’re the residents of Slade House, and we know they’re malicious. In each of the 5 sections of the book we meet 5 unfortunate loners of different backgrounds and ages who come to Slade House; all seemingly vulnerable and alien and singled out for their quirks. Their stories and their fates are disturbing and terrible.
As we read we uncover more and more information and with each section we get more information about what is going on; We’ll learn the secrets of Slade House and the Greyers and find out if they can be stopped or not.
I loved this book and, cliche as it is, couldn’t put it down. It’s a very short book, especially for David Mitchell, and is easily read in one sitting. As short as it is, it feels complete and shouldn’t be a word longer.
This was truly a haunting story for me and one of the best haunted house stories I have ever read. As we read each section, we become more and more anxious at the sight of each new “victim,” hoping that there might be a satisfying ending. There is.
Before I started this book, I read that it takes place in the same world as The Bone Clocks. That’s right, a little. If you’ve ever read David Mitchell, you know that he likes certain characters to appear in each of his novels, and that’s the case here. It’s also a fantasy novel and has a similar “feel” to The Bone Clocks. I don’t want to say more. I was a huge fan of this book (all of his books actually) so I loved it.
Do you really have to read The Bone Clocks first? Or one of his other novels? That’s a tough question, and I’d say you should probably read The Bone Clocks first just to understand what’s happening towards the end of this book.
Slade House reads less like a novel in the traditional sense and more like a novel or experimental collection of stories that rewrites a concept into five different variations. In that sense, Slade House is not exactly what is advertised. It’s also marketed as spooky, but it’s not. The reason it’s not scary is that when you already know the storyline you always read between the lines and the element of surprise disappears, especially when you read the first chapter/story because the four following ones continue to work same logic. In the text, each story is explicitly mentioned as a cycle.
Each cycle is different, of course, but when it comes to the mechanics of storytelling and novel writing, each cycle is more like the other four than different. (Or it could just be that I’m an older reader (early thirties) and have read enough novels and seen enough movies in the horror/supernatural genre to be part of the hard-to-scare crowd.)
Well, it was still an enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it, plus it’s appropriate for both young readers and people my age.
However, the above points never bothered me as the narrative is both sly and quirky. Mitchell’s writing style pulls you in, and the characters feel like real people in the real world, wandering the fringes of society and being drawn into this trapped house. This concept is not exactly new as many horror/supernatural/ghost stories use the old house theme.
In Slade House, the motif is used effectively because in this story the supernatural force is constantly at work in our natural world, almost like a parasite. The way the house gathers and devours its prey is impeccable. Each of the five stories features characters from five different decades, and the cultural dynamics feel historical as the characters speak and think like people of their time. Each story masters the colloquial language of its time.
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