Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box

Something is out there, something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse of it, and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remains, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now that the boy and girl are four, it's time to g...

Details Bird Box

TitleBird Box
Release DateMay 13th, 2014
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Mystery, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic

Reviews Bird Box

  • karen
    this is an incredibly original horror/psychological suspense novel that reminds us that with all great horror, the unseen is so much more terrifying than the seen. this is why japanese horror movies are so effective. they don't rely on graphic special effects to build the suspense, and the way they manipulate shadows, sounds, and background space creates an unparalleled atmosphere that leaves a more lasting, haunting impression than "crazy chains...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Creatures…infinity…our minds have ceilings, Malorie...these things...they are beyond it…higher than it…out of reach…out of--BUT HERE” Whatever you do DON’T OPEN YOUR EYES!!Malorie has just confirmed she is pregnant the very day that people begin killing themselves. News travels so fast now. Something can happen in Cairo. Someone can film it, load it to the internet, and within minutes of the event occurring someone in Des Moines...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    (rating bumped from 4 up to 5 stars after thinking about it more)A few days ago when I finished this book, initially I was pissed off and disappointed at the ending. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered, but upon a few days' reflection I've realized that it was the only realistic way this could end. SO, if you are wary of reading this because you don't want an open ending, don't be! Malerman made the right choice in leaving some things unknown...
  • Will Byrnes
    Close your eyes and imagine the basso sound of voiceover icon Don LaFontaine intoning, “In a world gone mad…” and that is pretty much where Bird Box begins. Open your eyes and go mad. Kill others, yourself. Can you keep from peeking? For how long? In Josh Malerman’s post-apocalyptic, eye-opening scare-scape, something happened. An invasion? Some natural phenomenon? No one is really certain. But what has become clear is that anyone who ste...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Holy crap on a cracker, y'all! This book! Creepsville!! Don't freaking go outside without your blindfold or you might open your eyes. I must say, if I had to choose what apocalypse I would be in, I would pick the zombies because at least you can go outside and see them and kill them. Unless you're blind and then your up sh•t creek. One day they start getting reports of people seeing things and then turning violent and killing people and themsel...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    Hold on tight...this trip is going to blow your mind!Horror is a genre that I normally avoid completely, but with the rave reviews from my GR friends for this book I felt I needed to step out and give it a try. And it was so incredibly good! Oh my God!Malorie and her sister Shannon move in together in Detroit. Life immediately throws her a curve ball. Malorie learns she's pregnant from a brief encounter with someone she didn't know well, and thin...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Sister Read Review by Norma & Brenda Holy Sh*tty Balls this was one heck of a creepy book! 5 creeped out Stars for Norma & 4 freaking out Stars for Brenda! So for the purpose of this Sister Read it gets a combined rating of 4.5 Stars!  BIRD BOX by JOSH MALERMAN is a wonderfully creepy, scary, eerie, and downright terrifying tale that grabbed our attention right from the very start to the heart-pounding finish.  This book was extremely hard to...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Where the hell do I start with reviewing this book? Unlike nothing I've read in a long time this one is a stand out read like no other for me this year. I had wanted to read this for ages and so glad I finally did.Emotions stirred reading this book I think covered them all, I noted how on edge I was constantly reading this novel. From early pages to the last I was fixated, addicted and full of tension, bordering on fear at times.Something is out ...
  • Mandy
    Wow! Just wow! Bird Box was amazing! This definitely lived up to the hype that everyone spoke of. I highly recommend this book if you want your mind to be twisted and turned in ways you can't imagine. Creepy, terrifying, horrid, and downright scary! Loved it! Would make an interesting movie......
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    2.5 stars.I would not last in the apocalyptic world set out in this book. My dad used to say I had nose problems because let's face it. I have to know what's going on. Walking around for 4 years with a blindfold on every time I went outside? Yeah, dead in less than 60 seconds.Not this kind of blindfolded either. This book doesn't give the reader many answers. I do know what the author was going for. The whole scary in the mind of the reader thing...
  • Trudi
    4.5 starsWhoah. This is some really good shit. Color me very impressed. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked this one up, but it totally delivered on tension and suspense, a palpable dread, and a suffocating sense of doom. Just as a launching off point I'm going to throw two pop culture references at you that I couldn't stop thinking about while reading this book. The first is the music video "Just" by Radiohead. Remember that's the on...
  • Amalia Gavea
    ''There are things out there that will hurt you.'' Even though thrillers aren’t among my favourite reads, this one had all the right ingredients. A mix of Dystopian Fiction with a healthy dose of Paranormal and two extremely interesting main characters. It was creepy and fascinating.News of a series of completely abnormal action begin to reach the USA. In a contemporary world, violent deaths start from an area in Russia and escalate, spreading...
  • Maciek
    Bird Box offers a well-known premise - the world as we know it suddenly coming to an end, and the few who survived trying to cope with the new reality - but with an interesting twist (certainly a desirable addition to the formula which, much as I enjoy it, is now beginning to resemble a really dead horse). This is both a good, and a bad thing - and the book is also both these things, as it began well but ended up being disappointing.The hook of B...
  • Jennifer Masterson
    4 1/2 stars but I'm rounding it to 5 for originality. I could not put this book down for the last 100 pages. If you like the Walking Dead, horror or just a good scary thriller than this is the book for you. I hope there is a sequel and a movie!
  • Matthew
    Creepy, tense, scary! (The below lines are kind of spoilerish . . . but nothing the description on Goodreads doesn't already mention)Unable to use your eyes for fear of madness . . .Unseen and unknown terrors roaming outside . . .Trapped inside with the windows covered . . .The sanity of your companions in question . . .Running out of supplies . . .Seeking salvation, but not sure where to find it or who to trust . . .Pregnant . . .This was intens...
  • mark monday
    fantastic book. there are a bunch of excellent 4-star reviews out there and I'm not sure I have a whole lot more to add.synopsis: it's the end of the world as we know it. creatures from somewhere roam the streets. to gaze upon them means certain doom, or at least a murderous, suicidal insanity. the world soon realizes that something very wrong is happening everywhere. four years later, our heroine and two children must take a blindfolded river jo...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: StarsEDIT: 4.5 STARS AND ROUNDED UP BECAUSE IDGAFFor maybe the second time in the history of Goodreads, I'm changing my initial rating of a book and floating my review. I don't really give a shit if you don't like this book - I liked it enough for everyone. I liked it so much that I constantly think about it whenever I hear a creepy noise in the dark or think how terrifying it would...
  • Annet
    Wow, what a book! Seriously scary and creepy. You just have to keep reading to know how it ends. At least, I had to.... Who can think of such a story... Suspension and creepiness from start to end, intriguing story. What's going on? What happened leading up to this situation? Will she and kids survive? .... Wew.... one h*ll of a story. I say, this is also a seriously impressive case of woman power! Great, great, entertaining book. AB: Looking bac...
  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    FOUR STARSI'm not a huge fan of horror, so I always sort of pushed back on this book and never read it when it was published in 2014. This, despite the wonderful ratings it had received from some of my favorite reviewers on Goodreads.Then, it happened. I saw the labels “dystopian” and "post apocalyptic”. Now we're talking! Those are descriptions that speak my lingo. Some of my most beloved books are a mixture of both of those sub-genres: St...
  • Sh3lly (
    1 DEC 2016: Only $1.99 on Kindle! Totally worth it (to me at least.)You can't ever look at it or you will go violently insane. That is basically the premise of this book. What is it? What are they? Why are they here? What is it that people see that makes them go crazy? You'll have to read it to find out.I LOVED THIS BOOK. I can't believe it was a first novel either. This guy knocked it out of the park, if you ask me. So creepy. A perfect blend of...
  • Christine
    4.5 starsA big thank you to my wonderful book buddy Jan for picking this book for me to read. I had initially marked it, but when I started seeing people place it on their “horror shelves” I backed off. I do not do horror, no way. When I was told this was more “creepy” than “horror(ible)”, I thought I would go ahead and give it a shot. Boy, was I surprised at how much I got into this novel!Josh Malerman is an author to watch for sure....
  • Tom Lewis
    Close your eyes. There’s something standing in front of you. Something so monstrous, and beyond human comprehension, that anyone who sees it goes insane and kills themselves and others. This is the new reality for a young mother, Malorie, and her two kids, as they navigate blindfolded down a river in an effort to reach what they hope will be a sanctuary. It’s part survival horror, and part scary as f*ck!
  • Debra
    Amazing, Fantastic, Eerie, Atmospheric, chilling, engrossing....WOW!Eerie, Atmospheric, chilling, engrossing. These are the words I would use to describe this book. For those who enjoy derie and dark books, this book will be a perfect fit. This is a horror type book but without the gore. There are some plot holes but you forgive the first time Author that for his originality and heart he put into this book. It's getting a lot of buzz right now an...
  • Matt
    After having this book so highly recommended to me by one of my friends on Goodreads, I decided to delve in to see what Josh Malerman might have to say in this twisted novel. Early into the story, Malerman introduces readers to his protagonist, Malorie, a young and somewhat fearful woman. Scrubbing the walls and carpets of blood stains, Malorie appears highly agitated and yet focussed on her task at hand, which serves only to up the ante of what ...
  • Berit☀️✨
    4 Unsettling Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 don’t open your eyes!What the **** did I just read? This book was NOT what I was expecting... at all! It was disturbing, creepy, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.... just going to put it out there if I were in this situation, in this post apocalyptic world, I would so be gone in the first day.... just saying....Something is out there, something that makes you go mad if you lay your eyes on i...
  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    Sister review with Norma! So freaking out creepy, GOOD! Those are not words I thought I would ever put together. What were those things?Our full sister review can be found on our sister bloghttp://www.twogirlslostinacouleereadi...
  • RedemptionDenied
    Well, this had a different take after an apocalyptic event.The craziness starts in Russia, where people are going on a murderous rampage; then killing themselves. Malorie who lives in Michigan, with her sister Shannon - is in the bathroom examining herself in the mirror: as she believes she may be pregnant after having a one-night-stand. Shannon is watching the news reports of similar incidents to those in Russia and advises Malorie that there ar...
  • Maxwell
    WOooooOow. This book was thrilling. It was an addictive, (somewhat) scary, fascinating read. I feel like this would be a great book to recommend to people who don't read a lot because it's not too long, it's easy to read, and it is unputdownable. I don't want to say anything else about this book because it's so much more fun going into it with no previous knowledge. Also I imagine this would make a great audiobook too. So if you like creepy thril...
  • Char
    BIRD BOX! What a blast! Tension filled and atmospheric, while not being altogether believable. I'm glad I finally read this and I'm looking forward to watching the film on Netflix next month.
  • Reading Corner
    4.5 starsWow!This book is incredibly good and quite creepy.The story follows Malorie who is stuck in a post-apocalyptic world where people are killing themselves, in any manner possible and no one knows why.The premise of the book is completely enrapturing and leaves you anxious for the next chapter.I absolutely loved the post-apocalyptic element in this book as it was done so well and was unique.For the most part, the plot switches between the p...