A new horror novel that I was mightily impressed with is BIRD BOX by Josh Malerman, and it’s a debut. Voyager sent me a copy and I read the entire book in one sitting on Christmas Eve.
Anyway, this was my response: “Having a big idea for a story is the easiest part; creating an emotional and psychological authenticity within characters whose world changes, permanently, and to a most perilous state, is the hardest and most essential requirement for imagining the apocalypse. And Josh Malerman achieves exactly that in BIRD BOX: a novel of unflagging suspense and ever present dread. But the greatest achievement of BIRD BOX is the creation and continuation of the enigma from the first to the last page.”