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‘Bird Box,’ the book, and five other books like it to read next


Actress Sandra Bullock says the MeToo movement changed the atmosphere on set of “Bird Box,” her first-ever horror movie. (Dec. 4)

“Bird Box” the book was terrifying people long before it was a Netflix movie starring Sandra Bullock. But thanks to the film, a whole new audience is being introduced to the 2014 post-apocalyptic novel by Josh Malerman. After weeks of creeping up the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books List, “Bird Box” has found its perch in the top 10 after buzz about the movie in late December. 

The novel takes place in a world where a terrifying entity, if seen, could drive a person to violence or death. A young mother, Malorie, takes her two children on a harrowing journey toward sanctuary. All three make the journey blindfolded for fear of taking in the creatures. The novel goes back and forth in time to five years earlier when civilization began to crumble.

If you have not read the book, we recommend it. USA TODAY says the novel’s premise makes for a worthy read and is “a notably strong study of modern psychological terror.” 

If you have read it and are a fan, we recommend five more novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat. 

1. “The Silence” by Tim Lebbon

What it’s about: In a world where blind creatures hunt by sound, a deaf girl named Ally is her family’s only chance for survival. 

Publisher’s Weekly says: “Lebbon delivers a chilling and heart-wrenching story that transcends its

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