This week I read Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. It is a very slow burn novel about a family, Clay, Amanda, Archie and Rose, and the events of their family vacation. They have rented a beautiful Airbnb house and they soon meet the owners when they come to the house and ask to stay. The owners of the house bring with them ominous news that something’s wrong. Slowly, unusual things happen that sets both families on edge.
I thought this book was effortlessly well written and easy to read, kept the page turning. I appreciated that it is a short book but not in the least unimpactful. The writing is efficient and moves the story along. Most likely this book was written in 2019 but it reflected so much of what is happening now in 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, social and political unrest globally. An impending doom that no one can really say what that entails. The characters in the novel know that something is not quite right but can’t seem to figure out exactly what is going on, which is even more frightening.
I didn’t know what to expect when I started to read this book. The summary I read didn’t suggest what really unfolded in the book. If I knew, I probably would’ve been hesitant as it hits to close to home at the moment. But in the end, I’m glad I read it. The only thing that I didn’t enjoy was one of the characters seemed to have a script and would only say the same things but in different ways, especially if something unexpected happened. That annoyed me.
Nonetheless, it is a book I would recommend to anything one that likes slow burn psychological thriller novels. Thank you for reading!