Sometimes I feel like my life is a constant battle between wanting to watch a new film or tv adaptation but needing to read the book first. I know that theoretically I could always read the book afterwards, and I have done so on occasion, but I just prefer the excitement of doing it the other way around! Today’s review is just one such example of when the release of the film adaptation quickly encouraged me to finally get around to picking up the book. It’s probably not going to be a shocker to many of you, with what seems like the whole world currently talking about it. I’ll give you one clue – Netflix. Have you guessed it yet? I’m talking, of course, about Netflix’s version of Bird Box!
Originally written by Josh Malerman, Bird Box is described as a psychological horror. All the blurb tells us is that something horrifying is outside, something that cannot be seen. If that something is glimpsed, whoever saw it will be driven to terrifying and grisly violence, destroying those around them as well as themselves. No one knows where it came from, but whatever the cause it now means that society is blind, only able to enter the word outside their houses if they are firmly blindfolded. Set amongst this gripping world we first meet the central character of Malorie, a woman who must defy the odds to survive in this newly horrific world.