I almost gave this one five stars, but right at the end things kind of devolved into nonsensical plotting and cliche horror tricks.
Don't get me wrong, the whole book is craziness, but much of it is in a good way, with witty plotting and dialogue, a super original feel, and an addictive suspense that keeps you hooked to find out what's next. I can't say much about the book without giving away spoilers, due to the nature of the unfolding mystery, but let me just say that this is an addictive story. Unfortunately the buildup *just* isn't quite able to deliver on all its promises. The book makes a lot of tongue-in-cheek references to itself as a Scooby-doo story, and it's a very good analogy, but the story deviates from that at the end. I think Clines reached just a little too far, trying to go too epic when staying in the Scooby-doo formula would have been the better move.
The supernatural elements and the unraveling of the mysteries of the apartment building.
No extreme reactions.
It sucks you in slowly while building some very good and memorable characters. It is funny and thoughtful with a mix of steam-punk, fantasy, and modern day Mystery Machine. I could not stop listening. I felt, I was right there with the rest of the gang along for the ride. Cline takes what appears to be mundane and ordinary and surprises us into a journey that begs the question, How did we end up here? Then, when your done, he leaves you wondering, Are things really what they seem?
Enjoy history, self help, novels, not a sequel follower.
Kind of slow and unreal in some parts and it mixes reality and out there. Would NEVAH gone over to ridge to find Oscar.
Started very slowly and my husband and I wondered if we wanted to continue it during our daily commute. Well stick with it for an hour or so and it will definitely pickup and then we found ourselves sitting the driveway waiting for a good place to stop until the next morning. New concept, loved it.
Having never read any Peter Clines before I did not know what to expect. Boy was I impressed! It was very hard to stop listening to the whole thing in one sitting. The story took me completely by surprise and went somewhere I could never have imagined in a thousand years. (The end!! WOW!!) The characters have great depth being both believable and flawed. The narrator was great as well, telling the story without overacting. (There is nothing worse than an awesome book with a terrible narrator!) 14 impressed me enough to write my first review. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a good mystery!
Although the storyline was a little far fetched--other worldly and all--it was laced with sarcasm and humor which made it realistic enough for me. I loved ALL the characters, and the narration was awesome. I went searching for more Peter Clines, but, nothing caught my eye like '14'. Definitely credit worthy.
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The story was suspenseful and creepy but not so creepy that I couldn't listen at night! A fun, suspend your disbelief tale!
Nate! Liked the way his mind worked.
Mr. Porter did a great job narrating this novel.
Definitely. I was completely engrossed from the very beginning. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next and was constantly on the edge of my seat for the last half of the book. I couldn't wait for the next piece of the mystery to be discovered and, with new piece of the puzzle, I was more intrigued then chilled as the truth was finally revealed.
I couldn't choose a specific character as a favorite. All of the primary characters were well-written and voiced.
The narrator did a great job voicing all of the different characters although I did listen to it at 1.5 speed.
It was too long to hear in one sitting but I would have liked to if it were possible.
Mystery, suspense, romance and horror...hurrah!
Never trust anyone who doesn't enjoy reading.
Peter Clines was definitely a fan of the show Lost.
The suspense steadily builds and keeps you enthralled. You HAVE to know what happens next. The final reveal was sad and disappointing but only because I didn’t want the story to end.
The narrator was excellent! I’m glad I listened to this book instead of reading it because it added so much more to the characters.
Absolutely! And I did!
This was an amazing read and one of the best mystery/horror/thriller books I have read.