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Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore.

Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in. The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall. Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them. Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.

©2014 Josh Malerman (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A book that demands to be read in a single sitting, and through the cracks between one's fingers. There has never been a horror story quite like this. Josh Malerman truly delivers" (Hugh Howey bestselling author of )

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  • Helen
  • 01-31-17

Disappointing in so many ways

Didn't enjoy this at all. The narration was fine but the story was full of holes. The premise was promising enough - some sort of "phenomenon" that seems to devastate the whole world - but the author never really gets into what or why. I got the feeling that he just didn't have the answer so just avoided it. Plenty of speculation from the various characters, but I would have liked more depth on what actually happened and how the human race could prevail. I didn't feel any sense of dread and didn't care what happened to any of the characters. I mostly left waiting for ANYTHING to happen to move the story along. It wasn't horror, it wasn't scary, it wasn't creepy and the ending was just frustrating.

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  • Andrew
  • 04-01-14

I am totally gripped!

What a great horror/psychological suspense novel.

It is a chilling story! As the world as we know it falls prey to an apocalyptic plague of suicidal, murderous behaviour triggered by glimpsing an unknown creature, Malorie must do all she can to survive. DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES!

I have half an hour left until the end of the book and I don't want it to end! It is so gripping and will have you on the edge of your seat with anxiety for the characters involved.

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  • Malwina Tritt
  • 04-09-18

A big flop

At first I didn't know what was wrong with this book but I persevered because I had nothing else to listen to. And then it dawned me: the idea and the story is actually quite interesting but it's horribly written! Top it off with a terrible narration and you have a recipe for postapocalyptic disaster! So disappointing!

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  • V Nerd
  • 03-19-18

Buckle yourself in, you're in for a Bumpy Ride!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ That is some creepy sh*t stars!

This was a reread for me, but it was on our Goodreads group (A Million More Pages, you should totally join, it's awesome!) as a Book of the Month, so ya know...points!

Anyhoo....

This little Dystopian cracker is a creepy little mind fu*k because you don't really know why you are scared, I mean how could you while you are wearing a blindfold?

It all starts when seemingly normal people start to loose their sh*t and go mad, not in the "He's crazy" type thing, i mean totally bat shit crazy, they are normal one second, and the next they are killing their husband/wife/kids, and then turning the weapon on themselves.

When i say weapon i mean anything they have at hand, knives, guns, hammers, even their own teeth!!

This is happening quite far away in a different county, and it is being reported on the TV so it isn't anything to get really worried about.....

Until it starts happening closer to the U.S.A...

Then in your state, then in your home town!

People start to cover their windows/doors and are scared to look outside, as it seems to be that something out there is causing all of this, but the thing is, if you look.....you die!!

So Malorie is there...

In the house......

All alone......

She can't go outside.....

She can't look outside.....

She WON'T look outside............

Oh yes, i forgot to say that she is a few months pregnant!!!!

Because you are with Malorie throughout this creepy little read you start to feel the claustrophobia as you are not really sure what is out there, especially when you have to eventually open that door and go outside............

🎧🎧Audio narration for this book was perfect, Katharine Mangold really managed to make me believe that *I* was Malorie, and i was scared out of my pants!! 😱

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  • missinsomniatulip
  • 03-07-18

I didn't want it to end

I fell into this world and didn't want it to end. great listen, highly recommend.

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  • Mrs L.
  • 02-06-18

The best book I’ve ever listened to!

Intense! I couldn’t stop listening!!!! A definitely favourite and highly recommended. What a fabulous book

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  • Tim P.
  • 11-14-17

Not for me, nothing happened

I wasn’t a fan of the narrator, she had a lovely time to her voice but as it only changed for shouting/shrieking moments it got a bit monotonous. And her voice for all the men’s parts wasn’t the best.

I’d been told good things of his story, and it may be better read than listened to bearing in mind the above, but I found it slightly boring to tell the truth. You can’t imagine what they are going through, but apart from that there was little to care about really. I may be being slightly cynical there, but as most of the story is in the past you can guess most of what happens... and the narrative in the present doesn’t really have much to it regards drama.

Shame though, great idea and could’ve been more suspenseful I guess if I’d read it.

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  • cara
  • 11-10-17

An enthralling book

i really loved this book, it constantly kept me guessing and heating the struggles of the main protagonists journey was quite emotional at times

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  • mr
  • 08-09-17

best book ever wrote........ ... that's all.

best book ever wrote........ ... that's all!!!!!!!
gutted the book ended. best book iv read

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  • M A COWAN
  • 02-20-17

Very good and exciting

This was my first audio book which I have listened to and it was very good. Very easy to understand and clear what is happening. It gripped me from the start right to the end. There were parts which seemed to be a pointless to the overall story but generally very good. The narrator was generally ok, she sounded a bit robotic a times but clear enough to understand.