Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Until I read Bird Box, I would have told you that I didn’t like to read horror. And then all that changed with the reading of one small story written by debut author Josh Malerman. I had heard mention of this book a lot and the premise interested me but knowing it was horror, I avoided it. I’m not sure what finally pushed the over the edge but I am really glad I went there.

Bird Box tells the story of a world gone mad. There is something out there. No one knows what. But if you look at this thing, you become insane, kill all around you, and finally yourself. The only way to stay safe is to cover your windows and stay inside.

The book opens with Malorie standing alone in a kitchen while her two children, Boy and Girl, sleep upstairs. We learn quickly that Malorie has been alone in this house for four years. The book flashes back to the time right before The Problem begins and also to years before the present. It is difficult to provide much more by way of synopsis without revealing the twists and turns that make Bird Box such a compelling read.

Other reviewers have compared Bird Box to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road and the writing of Stephen King. I agree on both counts. That said, if you are not a fan of either, do not avoid this book. I truly had a hard time putting Bird Box down and found myself thinking about it when I wasn’t reading. When people have asked for my favorite book of the year, I have often said Bird Box with the caveat that you have to like horror. The more I think about it though, I’m not sure you have to. I think you have to like stories and imagination and tension. And I think you have to be willing to read a bit out of your comfort zone. For anyone willing to take the leap, I highly recommend Bird Box.


Stacey Loscalzo is a reader and writer living outside of New York City with her husband and their two daughters.

She writes for various local parenting publications and blogs at and Stacey loves to read anything at all from adult novels and memoirs to picture books. Stacey can be also be found on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (all @staceyloscalzo).

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