David Mitchell’s newest novel, Slade House is easily one of the best novels I’ve read in a while. I just recently read what is arguably his most famous novel – Cloud Atlas – and really enjoyed it. I was expecting something similar with Slade House, given that both novels are told in Mitchell’s signature short-story format. And, while I think Cloud Atlas is a greater novel in terms of scope and literary achievement, I enjoyed Slade House even more!
I’m not going to give a synopsis of this book, because 1) it’s hard to without spoiling anything, and 2) I think it’s a great idea to go into this book not really knowing what it’s about. I didn’t know much going in, and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. Though Slade House is a short novel, it’s still incredibly epic. The story spans five decades, but the story is cohesive and gripping – I read the majority of it in a single sitting. I did see a few references to Cloud Atlas, and I’ve heard Slade House exists in the same world as The Bone Clocks (which I still haven’t read, despite going to a book signing for it the month it came out). You don’t have to have read The Bone Clocks to read Slade House, but if you enjoyed The Bone Clocks, then you might really like Slade House as well.
I loved this book! I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, but I truly just couldn’t put it down. I think Mitchell’s habit of combining short stories or novellas into a single book lent itself really well to a shorter novel (Slade House is about a third the length of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks). With Cloud Atlas, I definitely had a few favorite stories, and a few I didn’t like that much, but I really liked all of the stories in Slade House. (Don’t let my use of the word “stories” confuse you – Slade House definitely reads like a unified novel.) In my opinion, the different pieces of the story meshed really well – the book didn’t seem disjointed at all. And I think the story is very unique and incredibly well-written.
I think Slade House is the perfect Halloween read this year. Not only is it creepy and dark, but the “grand finale” actually takes place on October 31, 2015. It will be released October 27, so I’d suggest grabbing yourself a copy on release day (you can preorder on Amazon by clicking here). I would highly recommend this book for fans of David Mitchell and anyone who is looking for a really unique macabre read.
This book was provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.