Reading time 3 mins

Something you need to know about me, I love a good ghost story. Slade House totally got me with it’s mind bending effects, and paranormal elements, all wrapped around an address that appears once every nine years.


Review: SLADE HOUSE by David MitchellSlade House by David Mitchell
Published by Random House Publishing Group on October 27th 2015
Pages: 256
Genres: Fiction, Ghost, Literary, Thrillers, Supernatural
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By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas | A Publishers Weekly Literary Fiction Top 10 Pick for Fall 2015

Keep your eyes peeled for a small black iron door.

Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents—an odd brother and sister—extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late. . . .

Spanning five decades, from the last days of the 1970s to the present, leaping genres, and barreling toward an astonishing conclusion, this intricately woven novel will pull you into a reality-warping new vision of the haunted house story—as only David Mitchell could imagine it.

This is the first book I have read by David Mitchell. Not for lack of interest, mind you. The Bone Clocks was (and still is) very high on my wishlist. This was a quick, all consuming, read. I have to admit that I didn’t even recall the premise when I started reading this, just that it was some kind of horror. Now that I have read it, I can honestly describe it as a paranormal-horror/fantastical-horror. It was terrifying.

This author doesn’t write for the casual reader. The style in Slade House is detailed and vivid. I found this easy to read, but at times it was stretch to see the story. What I really mean to say is that I had to go back and re-read a few passages so I could understand WHAT JUST HAPPENED.

This story starts out normal enough about a boy and his mother. His mother wants to fit in and she fusses with him about looking/speaking/behaving like someone from something good. They accept an invitation into the Slade House, and then they go missing. Years later (9 to be exact) a cop goes to look for them. It is in his experience that the horror of what Slade House is comes to light. This story is told in 5 different POVs but each one has something different to say about the same location at a different time.

There is so much I want to tell you about the house, which is mysterious located, and tricky to find. I also want to tell you about all the characters, who, by the time we got to 2006, started to sound so typically jaded to mysticism. There was a formula to the madness. It was far from boring to read about since everyone’s experience of that madness manifested differently. This wasn’t so much a ghost story as it was, um…

It is really hard to describe this story without either:

  1. giving everything away
  2. making it sound ridiculous

The last few chapters really blew me away. The story takes a twist from haunted house into multidimensional. If that sounds weird, sorry. I am at a loss on how to describe what I just read. I have to admit that I didn’t “get” all the terminology in those last few chapters, but I loved the idea of what I did understand. Apparently, those that have read the The Bone Clocks “get” it and that makes me want to run out and buy it right now. I hate that the concepts were out of my understanding, even after re-reading twice.

Nonetheless, I am so glad I got to experience this book. Slade House was creepy fantastical fun. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

My question falls down a deep well with no bottom, and I forget what I’ve forgotten.

My Rating


About David Mitchell

David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, Ghostwritten and The Bone Clocks. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell co-translated from the Japanese the international bestselling memoir, The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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