Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it’s time to go, but the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat–blindfolded–with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. Something is following them all the while, but is it man, animal, or monster?
From the very opening chapter I knew that I was going to love this book! It is intense, creepy, and mysterious and I loved it!
The story opens with Malorie and her two kids virtually alone in the world. They live in a state of fear because it is not safe to go outside without being blindfolded. I was immediately pulled into this story and could not even begin to imagine what it would be like to be essentially trapped inside. I had so many questions and was very excited to learn the answers to them.
The fear in the character’s actions and voices is real. I was so nervous for them and was continuously expecting the worst. I was on the edge of my seat and may have even lost a nail or two in the process. It is the most intense book I have ever read. It never ceases to amaze me how the written word can evoke such strong feelings.
The past and present are interwoven throughout the book. This format was perfect for this story! It really added to the intensity and kept me wondering where the story was going and how it would end.
The movie release is later this month and I cannot wait to see how it will play out on the big screen!
My Rating: 5/5
Publication Date: 5/13/14
Pages: 262 (Paperback)
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