Slade House

Slade House

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Follows the narrative of five different people who disappear through a mysterious door in an unassuming alleyway that leads to Slade House, owned by a peculiar brother and sister, and vanish completely from the outside world.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812998696
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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This slim volume - and a next-level haunted house story - is a time-spanning, mind-bending, skull-cracking good read. You'll never know where Mitchell is going to go next, but the story is so good, you won't care.

JCLGreggW Oct 05, 2015

This slim volume is a beautifully written, immersive take on the traditional haunted house story, told from the point of view of several different characters who get pulled into the house when it mysteriously appears in a London neighborhood once every nine years. This delightful blend of genres ... Read More »

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Mar 25, 2019

If you are a fan of Vonnegut then I suggest reading this book. Start with bone clock don't have to necessarily I actually went backwards I started with this book.

Feb 13, 2019

As strange as a Stephen King novel with each character fully developed and pulling you into their steps as then go into Slade House. Watch out for the twins and especially the twist and turn at the end.

OPL_BreanneS Dec 15, 2018

What really goes on in Slade House? I was practically up reading all night to find out. If you like literary genre-benders with a healthy dose of supernatural horror, this quick read is definitely worth checking out.

Jun 26, 2018

You really can't beat any of David Mitchell's books. SO GOOD!

A haunted house that only appears every ten years. This story takes your from the 1970s to the present with a house and its mysterious occupants. I wouldn't call this story scary, it was more puzzling. I can't say more without giving it away, but it was interesting. If you are looking for a scare, you might go elsewhere, but if you like creepy stories and are a fan of the mysterious/haunted house theme, this one will give you some twists you won't expect. It is a different type of haunted house story, and will keep you on your toes.

Jun 09, 2017

Abracadabra in a Victorian-style house, which appears, then disappears. Each chapter, depending on the period of time reflected, has its own characteristics in the descriptions, corresponding to that length of time, interspersed with humor.

Mar 26, 2017

This was billed as a “Horror” but more fantasy/sci-fi I thought, although I’ve not really read much in either genre. So I was entertained and intrigued by Mitchell’s inventive tales that followed the atemporal twins who defy death by feeding off their victim’s souls every nine years. He has a knack for immersing the reader in his created whole world with authentic language.

Mar 10, 2017

Pretty dull stuff, I couldn't stick with this one for very long.

Nov 11, 2016

At times I almost gave up on this book when the writing felt heavy and sluggish. However, I liked the ending and I can't deny the author's originality

Oct 31, 2016

For all my reviews, visit my blog, Clues and Reviews!

Every nine years, when the conditions are just right, the entrance to Slade House can be found. You’ll be invited in and you’ll be so glad. Tickled to be included. You won’t want to leave. And soon you’ll find out that you never will….

Slade House by David Mitchell is a classic paranormal, ghost story with a twist. I picked this one up on a spur-of-the-moment trip the library to add to my Halloween reading pile.

The story is written very differently. It is laid out like series of short stories. Spanning five decades, each chapter tells the story of how each person (a mother and son, move on to a police detective, college students, a journalist and a psychologist) arrived at Slade House and their encounter with Jonah and Norah, the telepathic twins. The people never come out alive. As the disappearances continue, the story becomes that of an urban legend, so naturally, some people start exploring and more people are drawn to Slade House. A different character narrates each chapter and the story is weaved together with some connecting force in each one.

I found the novel overall to be quite eerie, but I didn’t think it fit into a “horror” genre. It is absolutely a paranormal fantasy story. I found that it read quite juvenile. Almost like a Goosebumps story, or a story I would have seen on Are You Afraid of the Dark. I did appreciate the consistency of the stories, each one begins with the invitation, the story develops and then they end with the disappearance.

My favourite chapter or section of the book ended up being Chapter 3, entitled “Oink, Oink”, that follows a group of college students from a Paranormal Society as they try and find this house that is now an urban legend. I felt like this one was the most creepy and it is one of the first chapters where we get some actual information of what could be going on at Slade House.

I found that this novel was a little hard to get a full grasp on. The novel was short in itself, and then the narration- being like short stories, didn’t allow me to connect to any of the characters fully. Upon some further research, I found out that this novel was actually a companion to another of Mitchell’s work called The Bone Clock. Perhaps if I read this novel first, I would have liked this one better. There is also an abundance of language that is associated with the paranormal and the occult; I had to cross-reference and look up these terms as I was reading them so I could understand.

If you are a fan of the paranormal and love classic ghost stories, then I think this one would be something you’d enjoy. However, if you are looking to be scared, I would skip this one. I think you’ll be disappointed.

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mvkramer Mar 06, 2016

Sexual Content: Non-explicit sex.


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