Review - Malorie by Josh Malerman

Review - Malorie by Josh Malerman

Title: Malorie

Author: Josh Malerman

Publisher: Orion Books

Release Date: 21st July 2020

Source: Own Copy

In the thrilling sequel to Bird Box, the inspiration for the record-breaking Netflix film that starred Sandra Bullock and “absolutely riveted” Stephen King, New York Times bestselling author Josh Malerman brings unseen horrors to life.

The film adaptation of Malerman’s first novel, Bird Box, was watched by over forty-five million Netflix accounts in the first week, the best first seven days ever for a film on the platform. Countless more came to know the story through social media. The image of Sandra Bullock’s character, Malorie, blindfolded—as she’s led through a terrifying near-future apocalypse by the trained ears of her children—has become synonymous with a new generation of horror. 

Now from the mind of a true master of suspense comes the next chapter in the riveting tale. This time, Malorie is front and center, and she will confront the dangers of her world head-on.


The synopsis isn’t really giving away anything is it?  The long awaited sequel to Bird Box arrived on my Kindle on Tuesday.  Not long after I had finished it.  Then I re-read it to take it all in.

I’m trying to not spoil it for you but if you want the book to be a total surprise then stop reading now.  Malorie follows on from Bird Box, the world is still full of terrifying creatures, life is lived under the security of blindfolds and Malorie is doing all she can to stay sane and keep her children safe, maybe too much so.  

There is a time jump in this book and as the book starts you realise that life hasn’t gotten any easier but there are people out there trying to make a change.  Will Malorie be one of them?

Things I loved

  • The setting of Malorie is still suitably eerie, you are putting yourself in the characters places as they feel their way around their surroundings and listening for any sign of the creatures or other humans, mad or otherwise.  I loved the way you are lured in to a false sense of security, could there be someone else right there beside them, watching them, that gave me chills.
  • The time jump, the kids go from being wee to being teens.  I like to see how a world has progressed when things go to s**t, has it gotten any better, has it gotten worse?
  • The kids, Tom and Olympia for the main part of the book are sixteen and the have a much bigger part to play in this book than the last, they are teenagers and they are curious as well as the fact they are getting a little fed up with Malorie’s over protectiveness.  It was good to see them become much more vocal.
  • The ending, I felt it came quite quickly but I did like it and the new characters it brought with it.

Things I disliked

  • Okay this may be controversial but I still find it really hard to believe they can get about their surroundings without looking, of course I know looking causes madness and I know they say if you lose the use of one sense the others become sharper but if that was me I’d be falling down all over the place and would probably inadvertently walk off a cliff.
  • Malorie could be very dismissive of the kids during parts of the book, sometimes it felt like it was her way or not at all, yes she is their mother and we all know “mother knows best” and every second counts at the end of the world but she would stand and listen for things for half an hour, why not take time to listen to the kids too.


  • Repetition, there was quite a bit of looking back at what happened in Bird Box, yes its good to have a recap but I felt too much time was spent reminiscing when it could have been spent on more suspense and horror.

Malorie is a great read, I’m sure Sandra Bullock is getting her blindfold ready for Netflix making this in to a movie.  It’s not perfect but it does create a scary atmosphere, I’d hate to be without my sight, the uncertainty of what is around me would terrify me, I know I wouldn’t last in that world.  So kudos to Malorie for not only surviving but raising strong intelligent children too.  She is a badass.


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13 comments

  1. I loved Bird Box, so I do want to read this one. I skimmed over some parts so I don't spoil too much for myself. haha I'm glad you liked it overall, though thanks for sharing the parts that you weren't a huge fan of!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  2. I like that cover. I must admit I've never really been interested in the book or the film but who knows, I might get round to them at some point!

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  3. I definitely want to read this one at some point! I liked Bird Box, but I daresay I liked the movie better? But I definitely need to know what happens next, so I am all in for this one! Great review!

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  4. I neeeeed to get this! You're right, the blurb gives NOTHING away!

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  5. I love Sandra and thought Bird Box was good. I wonder if Sandra is going to so this sequel. Thanks for heads up on the sequel, I had no idea.

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    1. I think it is in development, I watched Bird Box again on Saturday and I enjoyed it more on the second watch, I don’t think anyone other than Sandra could play Malorie!

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  6. I'm currently waiting for my audiobook hold to come in at the library. Great review!

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  7. The repetition in this one got to me too... My biggest complaint was how rushed it seemed. I wished it had slowed down just a little more.

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