Rainbow Reading Challenge Review – Red: Slade House by David Mitchell

This is going to be non-spoiler review.

Now, to be honest, I think even explaining the plot kind of spoils it. It’s one of those books where it’s best knowing as little as possible before you read it. You’ll enjoy the reading experience as you slowly try to figure out just what the heck is going on.

So, I’ll just give you the synopsis:


Are you intrigued? I was!

This is the first book I’ve read by David Mitchell. I can’t really say what genre it is. Mystery? Suspense? Horror? 

Good Points

It was creepy. It was mysterious. It was suspenseful. It was confusing, at times, but in the right way. You’re confused because you’re supposed to be confused, not confused because the plot doesn’t make any sense. 

And the plot did make sense. Kinda. Sorta. Well, there were things I didn’t quite grasp, but I could get the overall gist of it.

The characters were all very different, and, even though we only got to meet them for short periods of time, they were well fleshed out and I actually cared about what happened to them. 

Bad Points

There aren’t many bad points, actually. 

There were certain things that felt repetitive at times, and I thought, OK, we know what’s happening here, do we really need to see it again? But it wasn’t repetitive to the point that I got bored because I always learned something new about certain characters from the parts that were repetitive (OMG, it’s so difficult to write a spoiler free review). 

I also thought the final part/chapter was the weakest part of the book. I didn’t mind the way it ended, but I felt that it was a bit, meh. The book just felt like it had been building up to something more than what we were given. 

Overall, I really enjoyed Slade House. It was a quick, interesting and unique read. I’ll definitely be reading more from David Mitchell!

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