Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Death House

Presenting The Death House by Sarah Pinborough.

Here is the summary of the book:

Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.

No one returns from the sanatorium.

Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.

Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.


Equal parts fascinating and equal parts dragging. At this point I was still nursing my Lady Midnight hangover. So I was still on the fence for this. If you have read The Girl with All the Gifts then you will find this book similar. I will say this about The Death House that the author sure manages to keep us in suspense till the end. Where we realized that the secret wasn't revealed at all.

So a wee bit disappointed here. Of course the narrative deals mostly with the mental issues and the day to day life of the inmates at the institution or Death House as they call it. The mystery of the illness and what happens to those taken up the lift to the sanatorium. The mystery and suspense as I said are maintained till the end. Sadly those did not result in anything,

But the best thing for this book would definitely be the humans in the story. The narrative while seemingly slow at first focuses more on the children. How their environment effects them. Their peers. Or the scare of the disease sending them to the sanatorium. I'll be truthful, I didn't really care about any of the characters but you have got to hand it to the author, the way in much she elaborates the mundane life at the Death House is simply exquisite.

"Dark, compelling and hauntingly human"

Genre :     Young Adult, Psychological, Thriller, Dystopia

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 12th November, 2015

My Copy: bought (paperback)

Rate:             3/5 (Liked It)

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