Leave the World Behind A Novel by Rumaan Alam

ebook, 255 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2020 by HarperCollins Publishers/Ecco

About the Book:
Amanda and Clay head out to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they’ve rented for the week. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other. Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam’s third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis. 

My Review:
Step into our beautiful house and leave the world behind.

This is my third book by Rumaan Alam and I love everything that man writes. This book! The creepy, the ominous, and those minute details. Should you read a book about isolation during a pandemic? You absolutely should if it's this one!

This is a brilliantly atmospheric book; I was so tense when reading it. The book relies more on your imagination than gory descriptions. There are several high tension events to remember long after finishing the book. For a new twist on an old idea, Alam has done an excellent job and I think the short length of the book helps with the suspense. 

 A great story well told and I understand that the film rights have been sold, and it's easy to see why - captivating, unusual and thrilling. Three great features of any story.

Thank you NetGalley, the very talented Rumaan Alam and HarperCollins Publishers/Ecco for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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