Author: David Mitchell
Title: Slade House
Narrator: Tania Rodrigues and Thomas Judd
Publication Info: Sceptre (2015)
Not sure how this one ended up on my reading list as I was totally unprepared for a horror-mystery story. But that’s a good thing as it’s good to shake things up from time to time. The basic gist of the story is that a pair of twins have discovered immortality by way of consuming the souls of special individuals. They must “recharge” every nine years and to do so they must lure in their prey to the attic of the titular Slade House through elaborate connivance. Each chapter is narrated by a different victim from the 1970s to 2000s and what makes this book work is that Mitchell quickly creates an interesting, believable character to set against the schlocky, horror setting. It’s an entertaining read.
Recommended books: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell, and The Ladies of Grace Adieu by Susanna Clarke