This is an exceptional, contemporary, heart-breaking novel.
Toby's life was perfectly normal . . . until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test.
Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They're looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it's time to take them to the sanatorium.
No one returns from the sanatorium.
Withdrawn from his house-mates and living in his memories of the past, Toby spends his days fighting his fear. But then a new arrival in the house shatters the fragile peace, and everything changes.
Because everybody dies. It's how you choose to live that counts.
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shocking and gripping, albeit ultimately hopeful and utterly moving, and it's Sarah Pinborough's finest novel to dateA bleak but compulsive tale...The Death House
could be her finest novel yetThe Death House
is a stunning novel, and a harsh reminder that our lives are simply fragile, fleeting, heart-breaking and most likely destined to end long before we wantFirst things first: Sarah Pinborough's latest novel, The Death House
, made me cry...The Death House
is the best book you'll read in 2015, guaranteed, and Sarah Pinborough cements her place as one of our finest living novelistsThe Death House
is a dazzlingly emotional account of growing up, death and bits in between as well as an early contender for the book of the yearThe Death House
is something completely different and doesn't fall into one definite category. There are many thoughts underlying the storyline but the most prominent ones are an extraordinary love story...it won't let you go without breaking your heartThe attraction of The Death House
is its tragedy. This book is bleak and horrible and you will love itThe Death House
was a marvel of a read, beautifully emotional, so terribly addictive that I read it in one afternoon and just as a warning, will stomp all over your heart and make it bleedDeath becomes her - Sarah Pinborough's most powerful work to dateThe Fault in Our Stars
for the dystopian fan?....brilliantly written and moving, this is definitely recommendedThe Death House is emotive, thoughtful and memorable - remarkably subversive in its complex nature all wrapped up in a superb ending" -
one to read in 2015Sarah Pinborough has created an incredible book with The Death House
. Ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances highlighting the power of humanity....The writer's deft touch leaves the reader emotional. You might feel like your heart has been stomped onThe Death House
is sad, stealthily creepy, emotionally haunting and quite brilliantfascinating characters, sinister undertones and mysterious circumstances it makes for an incredibly addictive readSarah Pinborough has managed to write one of the saddest love stories I have read in a while, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by being tragic and yet also triumphantUnsettling, frightening and in the end uplifting, The Death House has stayed with meImpressive and movingfascinating characters, sinister undertones and mysterious circumstances it makes for an incredibly addictive readSarah Pinborough has managed to write one of the saddest love stories I have read in a while, reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet by being tragic and yet also triumphant[Pinborough] deftly manages to pull elements from various places, from horror tropes to science fiction or thriller or crime and re-weaves them into something far more compelling... she also manages to craft a book which functions perfectly well as an engrossing tale for an adult or for a YA reader.It surprised me, it warmed me, it charmed me and shocked me both, and it's brilliant.This is a touching tale that will linger long after you've finished reading, haunting and heartbreakingly sadA very evocative, quick read - I really recommend it if you're looking for a very chilling, mysterious standalone novelPinborough layers a beautiful account of that first, maddening, youthful love, alongside the friendship and brotherhood only found in those doomed to die together. It's poignant and tear-jerking: the ending is stunning, and I haven't cried this much at a book in a long timeThere are curveballs and plot twists galore, and more than a handful of tear-jerkers as the story progresses, but all of it is crafted with a care and attention to detail that defines what a good narrative and cracking tale it really isSituated somewhere between Margaret Atwoods' The Handmaid's Tale and William Golding's Lord of the Flies, The Death House is a moving triumph with a gut-punch of a denouementIn a world where detah is everywhere, every breath, every heartbeat becomes previous. Pinborough's vivid writing ensures her readers feel every oneMoving and totally involving. I couldn't put it downCompelling, heat braking, yet sinister this novel is beautifully written and thought-provokingThis is a powerful book; emotional and frightening with a killer ending. An absolute must read.you turn the pages begging for the story to continue ever further and not reach its poetic but terrible conclusion so fast. It will leave you in tears.A heart-breaking, heart-stopping tale of love, life and death which will take your breath away.This is a stand-out, high-concept, beautifully written novel from an award-winning author.Brilliant characterisation, a simple narrative and an unflinching look at death make this a compelling read.Sarah Pinborough is an increasingly high-profile author with links to Neil Gaiman, Mike Marshall and Joe Hill.This is our Gollancz Geeks title for the month. There will be bound proofs, print advertising and a full marketing and publicity campaign.