26134904Slade House by David Mitchell

Narrow, tall-sided alleys are made for stories, and it is in just such a narrow, tall-sided alley that this dark fantasy/magical realism story starts. Don’t be put off by the ‘horror’ label that seems to be tagged to this story, the firat that I have ready by David Mitchell.

It’s hard to talk about this book without giving away spoilers, but it is a brilliantly, and powerfully told story. It starts on the last Saturday of October 1979 before picking up the story every nine years until concluding right in the present day on Halloween 2015. That might give you some clue of what happens…

The details of each nine year interval are brilliantly observed, down to the news headlines that punctuate the story. I discovered this story by chance, and downloaded and read it almost immediately. You should do the same.