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Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.
Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs... or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she's going mad - until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.
©2011 Ben H. Winters (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Mother of three wonderful girls! I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute. Love to hear about any good books.
I bought this because it was on sale. I thought it was going to be kinda silly. It actually wasn't bad at all. It was a nice little thriller that kept my interest. A nice in between listen.
So, we have a main character that is lazy, self centered and mooching off her husband while she ignored her kid by having a baby sitter daily. And people found this woman likable? By the end of the third chapter, I was wishing she'd get eaten alive and let her husband and child have a new decent person in their lives. Ben, if you can't write female protagonists that aren't needy and useless, perhaps you shouldn't try.
I was sure that she didn't really have bedbugs. I was sure she was just crazy. I had a bedbug scare a few years ago that turned out to be eczema.
Boy was I wrong about her situation. DAYUM!
She had very distinctive changes in voice for each character, including accents.
Not until the end. At first I was too stressed to listen for very long; feeling Sue's anxiety and stress. Then I got to the point where I had to listen to find out if she'd be okay
A nice, judging book by it's cover, find.
It is so difficult to find a good, original, scary story. For those of us who have exhausted the Audible collection of Stephen King and Joe Hill and cannot tolerate Dean Koontz, this is a great book. It has actually been a while since I read this, but I remember it fondly. The people to whom I have recommended this book agree that it is a great,frightening book that is especially eerie to the urban dweller.
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
This is a very today version of Night Gallery, Amityville Horror, Rosemary's Baby and The Tell Tell Heart.
It is more then just about a bug infestation. At times you will wonder if there are bugs, what is in the basement, is the main character going crazy, why does the husband not like the landlady, how far is the main character going to go? It is a scary story with several twists that you will not see coming. I found it very entertaining and scary.
I am surprised no reviewers have mentioned the main character. I guess because it is politically incorrect. The main character is a woman, who is married and has a baby girl. She talks her husband into letting her quit her well paid job at a law firm, so she can paint. Then months go buy and she never paints a stroke. They continue to pay $400 a week in child care for the little girl. The husband does the cooking and he is very understanding and never lays a guilt trip on her. She insists that they need a bigger a apartment, even though it will be more expensive then what they already are renting. The only have sex about every other week and the husband is loyal. This guy needs to grow some balls.
Even though I did not like the main character, I still loved the story. This is story has enough elements in it that some well known writers would have stretched it out into a lot longer book, I appreciate the brevity.
I almost knocked off a star on the narrator, as I thought maybe she played the child too irritating. The kid sounds pretty spoiled the way she reads it and I am not sure that is how it was written, but considering the wife, maybe so.
If you're sick of Stephen King's books which now seem long on the characterization and short on the chills (or it always ends up being aliens!) this is a great alternative. It's not overly long and weaves a good tale that nicely creepy for Halloween. I really enjoyed this!
It's difficult to scare me with a book. In fact, there's just one that's kept me awake nights and made me wonder what might be hiding in the dark space under my bed. This one didn't even come close, though it turned into a decent thriller in the last couple of hours.
Inspired by recent troubles in New York City, Bedbugs is just too familiar. An ordinary family moves into a too-good-to-be-true apartment and one of them--in this case, the wife, Susan--begins to suspect something is not quite right about their new home. Strange facts about the place's history come to light. Worry turns to paranoia and then to apparent insanity. I can think of a half dozen similar stories. The ending offers some excitement, though; I admit I didn't guess correctly who/what was behind it all, and the family's fate seemed in doubt at several points.
Technically, the recording is perfect: no awkward cuts, missing words or sentences, etc. And the narrator does an excellent job. It just wasn't scary or original enough for me.
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...
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 have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it
Sadly, Bedbugs is a great idea that never quite takes off, in my opinion. This is the stuff low budget Sci-Fi Channel movies are made of...wholly cliche and predictable. Just when I would think the story was about to take some mind-boggling, Lovecraftian turn, the author would abandon ship and slide back into the same dog-eared script shows like the X-Files, the Outer Limits, and the Twilight Zone made so predictable. Don't get me wrong, Bedbugs is well written and narrated with equal polish. There is even a moment or two of brilliance. However, in the end,Bedbug falls way short of its mark.
If you're really starving for an excellent non-cliche story about rampaging killer bugs, Check out "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson.
Ultimately, a great idea executed poorly. The story drags too long in the beginning, builds to a fair boil by the middle and, just when you think you're in store for supernatural greatness, our protagonist goes from a compost heap to a hospital room. By the end,I swear I could hear the Sci-Fi Channel director yell, "Cut! That's a wrap!"
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