Slade House by David Mitchell


  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 28, 2016)
  • Language: English

First of all, I have to admit, I’ve never read a David Mitchell book before. I’ve heard of Cloud Atlas (of course) and I know (now) that Slade House is the sequel to another book .
Nevertheless, I picked this book at my favourite bookstore because the cover of the Sceptre edition is really beautiful and interesting to look at. Descriptions like “a deliciously creepy story” and “with your heart racing” convinced me to buy this book because I really wanted to feel my heart racing.
The book started out very promising. I really enjoyed the first “story” and was disappointed to detect that the book consists of various short stories that are somehow entangled. So I continued just to find out that story 2 and 3 follow the same pattern as story 1. That was really boring but chapter 4 and 5 were even more boring because the characters talked a lot. Everything needed to be explained, I know, but characters who are just sitting there and talking were really exhausting to read. And the end was really… predictable?! I don’t want to spoiler, so I leave it at that.
All in all, I perceived the story as uninspired and boring. My heart was not racing because I nearly fell asleep. I needed four days to finish this short book and I’m glad that I did finish it after all so that I can now pick another book.

Rating: 2/5