Narrator was just okay. I HATED the main character- this author had a GREAT idea for a story, but every single one of her characters is unlikeable. The young mother is a self involved, selfish and unbelievable character. Seriously, what money scrimping mother leaves her child to a relatively full time nanny when she's not working AT ALL and goes off to do all sorts of silly self involved things while her one dimensional husband ostensibly hates her, and then is all of a sudden very supportive and understanding when it seems that she is mentally unstable? The little girl as opined by the narrator is whiny and obtrusive as well as one dimensional as well, and the little old lady landlord and super are in turns sinister and silly. Redeems itself somewhat at the end, but in a fairly predictable manner. Not a bad story- in fact, a good story, but perhaps a green (great idea, though!) writer who's editor should have stepped in a bit.
This is a truly creepy book. A good story and a surprise ending. You'll be checking your sheets every night for a while after reading this one.
I'm pretty much awesome!
It was a pretty enjoyable book to listen to. The performance was great. The story kind of lost me towards to the end. The bedbugs were real then or was she just imagining them? The ending was a little weird but overall the book was pretty good. As if bedbugs weren't creepy enough....
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I got this book because it was on sale and I recognized the author's name from the Last Policeman series... I didn't actually know anything about the story, or even what genre it was. Turns out I quite liked it. It is in the horror genre which does make sense, but it is a terror-horror, not a slash and gash. There is some thought put into the characters, and we get to see the descent of one of them from normalcy to insanity - or DO we?
It is not the deepest storyline you'll come across, and it is not The Shining in its psychological deterioration terror, but it is strong enough that I would have been willing to pay full price for it. How could it have been better? Maybe if we liked the main character a bit more (she was really a bit of an entitled beotch, even without the terror component making her more so). Overall, it is an entertaining and quick, non-slashy story and I will keep my eyes open for more books by Winters.
The narration was very good. There is no sex or swearing and it isn't gory, but it is a bit creepy...
If you truly can stand creepy crawly references.
It was part woman losing her mind, part Murder Mystery and mostly gross bugs..
This is a strong book, you are either going to hate it or love it.
The reading by Elisabeth Rodgers was spot on.
The female perspective is strong in this book, she pulled it off perfectly
To many to mention, a good cast that all relied on each other
Bugs...everywhere ! In your throat, your ears.. Aiiieeeee
The narration was well done. You could just picture everything.
Starter House. It was so intense trying to figure out if the main characters are crazy and its all in their heads or if something is really happening to them.
When the exterminator came back and they realize too late that it's the old woman from downstairs.
The exterminator. She was such a zany, intense character. Can anyone really be that serious about eradicating bugs?
This was a fun read. I bought it on sale because it sounded kind of interesting. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. There were parts when I didn't want to leave my car!
I have a fear of bed bugs and this book helped me take a step back and be entertained and not irrationally afraid, at least for a little while.
The description of the bugs themselves….
The bugs… they took on a personality of their own...
It was a good book in the vein of Rosemary's Baby.
Bedbugs is a pretty standard horror. A young family moves into a new home and it seems like a dream come true, until of course things start to go wrong. Strange smells, strange noises, strange neighbours, and increasing tension within the family itself. Where it differs from a lot of horror, however, is that this time it's the mother, rather than the father, who is affected by the new place and whose sanity slowly starts to unravel and turn her against her own family.
I really liked this different perspective on the classic horror narrative. I liked the family at the centre, and loved Susan and Alex's relationship, making it hard to watch it start to unravel. True, Susan thinks some awful things even before she starts to go crazy, but that didn't make her an awful character - I found her to be incredibly realistic, actually. Everyone has bad thoughts they wouldn't ever say out loud, and it was kind of refreshing to see them on the page. I also really related to Susan's own guilt and anxiety, particularly about her painting - she left her job to focus on her art, and finds a million things to instead so she doesn't have to begin and risk failure. I wasn't expecting to connect so much on an emotional level in a simple horror story, but I guess deep down good horror is about everyday anxieties amplified.
Which I suppose is why this book puts the hysteria over bedbugs that happened in New York a couple of years ago at front and centre. It's a good device, a threat that most people recognise, and yet I do feel like it wasn't used entirely effectively here. What was most interesting was Susan's inner chaos, and the bedbugs could have been substituted with any kind of threat or annoyance, really. They didn't form an essential part of the story. If anything they made Susan's unravelling seem a little more unrealistic, because not a lot actually happens regarding bedbugs before she's totally freaking out over them and becoming obsessive. I get that there were other things affecting her but it just seemed a little ridiculous in spots.
There's a slow build to this book that I quite liked but it did drag in spots. It was very creepy for the most part but sometimes I just wanted something to happen. But when something did happen I was a little disappointed, the creepiness disappeared and it just felt a little... silly. I still liked it overall but I didn't LOVE it.
The narration for the most part was very good. Elisabeth Rodgers captured Susan's voice really well and the supporting characters were great, with one exception - Emma, Susan and Alex's daughter. I get that it's hard for a grown woman to do a toddler's voice but it really got on my nerves. I think part of that was also the writing - some of the dialogue coming from Emma just didn't sound authentic to me, it was frequently overly cutesy, like how someone thinks a toddler would sound and not how a toddler actually sounds. But otherwise it was a pretty good listening experience.
A fun listen. I totally identified with the main character as I'm always imaging vermin in my house. I did feel sorry for her as I know she was miserable. I was a psychiatric nurse and I know the torture a person suffers when no one else believes their fears. You'll have to listen to the book to find out if there really were bedbugs.
I liked the plot twists the best, that was probably the only thing that kept me listening. I did not relate to the main character. She struck me as selfish