Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam – Our Review


Our Review…

Clay and Amanda set off on their dream holiday with their two children, Archie 15 and Rose 11. The house is perfect, the weather warm, pool, spa and no one else for miles. They are nervous when there is a knock at the door in the middle of the night, an elderly black couple, the owners of the house, very scared with stories of New York in some sort of crisis, power out, all communication down.

A very uncomfortable situation and G H and Ruth stay downstairs. Adjustments are made as everyone realizes they can’t go back and they are in this together whatever it is. Very subtle and creepy as the writer leaks out facts about the disaster, a sonic boom and totally bizarre animal behaviour, attempts to find others fail and they start on emergency plans for survival. Carefully written with little real information, just the creeping realization that life as they know it is over. Unsettling, addictive and not so far fetched. Loved it.

Review by Sue @ Great Escape Books