Slade House

By David Mitchell

4 out of 5 stars

Our tale begins with Nathan and his mom looking for the black iron door in Slade Alley that will lead them to their meeting with Lady Norah Grayer. His mom is anxious and Nathan’s inquisitive mind is going everywhere. When they finally find the tiny door and enter into the beautiful garden, things will change. Oh, they will change. Nathan sees more than his mother does and as he plays with young Jonah, he starts to see things differently. I don’t want to spoil too much of what happens in the story but we will fast forward to 9 years later, when a detective checking out a disappearance, comes across Chloe, a young widow living in Slade House. And then another nine years…..

I have never read David Mitchell before. My daughter is a big fan of his. I found this book to be fascinating. I think it carried many themes. The fear of dying, the workings of time and space, the connection between twins. When we get to the climactic ending, I wanted to applaud and then he zaps you with the final words. I didn’t read The Bone Clocks, which I read it has links to, but I don’t think you really need to. I think I am going to have to pick up another Mitchell book. I like the way he takes you into a different mindset and makes you think.

I happily received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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