Title: Slade House
Author: David Mitchell
Date of Publication: 28 June 2016
Number of Pages: 240
Summary: Down the road from a working-class British pub, along the brick wall of a narrow alley, if the conditions are exactly right, you’ll find the entrance to Slade House. A stranger will greet you by name and invite you inside. At first, you won’t want to leave. Later, you’ll find that you can’t. Every nine years, the house’s residents — an odd brother and sister — extend a unique invitation to someone who’s different or lonely: a precocious teenager, a recently divorced policeman, a shy college student. But what really goes on inside Slade House? For those who find out, it’s already too late…
Review: I was apprehensive about picking up Slade House by David Mitchell, up given my ambiguous reaction to The Bone Clocks that preceded it. I did enjoy this more than Bone Clocks (but part of me doesn’t think this wouldn’t be hard). In a way, I think Mitchell would have been better served by breaking down Bone Clocks into portions like this. The flow was dramatically improved in Slade House and the build up and resolution was far more rewarding. Who knows, maybe I’ll read more Mitchell now.