Bird Box by Josh Malerman
For four years Malorie and the children have hidden in the house, wearing blindfolds to hide from the things outside but today they are leaving. They are escaping somewhere better. It is a desperate, essential journey but also one of continual risk and the evil feared things are not to be underestimated. This is an excellent creepy novel of people forced to live by insane rules in a world gone mad. Flashback chapters to before their flight show how people initially responded to the danger and how they were lulled into a false sense of security. This could almost be a mythos novel as the things that have capitulated humanity into a nightmare existence are never explained and it is never established how they do what they do. This is a wonderful novel.
“Blankets cover every window in the house. The front door is never left unlocked and never left open. Reports of unexplainable events have been surfacing with alarming frequency.”
“Malorie held on to a pinch of hope that this would all simply go away. But it didn’t. And it got worse.”
“If we needed to secure ourselves.”
“Be as careful as you’ve ever been in your entire life.”
“He’d take the garden axe to you all.”
“A house she only calls home because she cannot leave.”
Torchwood: Border Princes by Dan Abnett
This 2007 novel takes place in season 1. The team are acting out of character and team member James is treated like he’s always been there. Rhys and Gwen have issues in their toxic relationship. Bad things prance around Cardiff. This is not whimsical and it doesn’t invoke nostalgic feelings. The team of incompetents take ages to notice the guilelessly, relatively vague menace in their midst. Add in demented melancholia, deranged people prowling and this has all the interest of grouting.
“Owen snorted, and then wished he hadn’t, as snorting made his nose bleed again.”
“You’re the best friend we never actually had.”
“Nobody’s here. Nobody comes here. Nobody would come here.”