Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013
Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s. Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends. Or the end of everything....
©2012 Peter Clines and Permuted Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST." (Craig DiLouie, author of The Infection and The Killing Floor)
"A wholly original story that weaves together mystery and the apocalypse like a finely tuned band." (Evan Roy, Bricks of the Dead)
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.
It's hard to find the right descriptors for this story. It paints a very clear mental picture, which I think easily leads us down the story's path even when it gets a little odd at the end. By that time, you're engrossed in the strong characters and interested in the outcome of their mystery.
I liked Veek the most within this story. I knew she was mysterious and enjoyed her dry humor as well.
The story was refreshing and full of well detailed characters which suck you in. This audio book was ideal for playing during a long, long drive, as there are no dull spots which lose your attention.
Characters were realistic and it was fun to experience the friendships being formed as the story progressed. There were also a lot of good one-liners and some humor in the story.
Tim and Nat. Tim because at some point you figured out he wasn't a book publisher and Nat because he was a great "any man" character and me, along with many people I'm sure, could certainly relate to his boring job.
The first two thirds of the book were really good and mysterious as they tried to figure out what the building was all about. The last part was fun but got a little too hard to believe.
The end is just a little strange. I would make the ending very different.
I don't think he is the author for me. A little too far out Science Fiction to keep me entertained.
Zelah was great! Ray has a knack for capturing personalities of women which is unusual for a male narrator.
I could see it in a movie. Although it would be more of a 3 part movie. It doesn't have enough substance to be a TV series. The stars would be Keanu Reeves and Zelah could be Megan Fox.
The story is well written and well passed. Characters you care about. Great narration. Light and mysterious. Just a really great read!
The off beat story line
Cant give that away.
Just when I should the book should be over it takes a twist. love that!
A Riveting Listen
His different "voices" were clear without being overdone.
Raiders of the Lost Ark meets X-Files
I listened to this book on my short commute and found myself sitting in the car extra minutes to finish a chapter! It was great!!!
I thought that the ending could have been much better... I almost felt the the writer started writing this book with no clear vision as to where it was going to go, then got backed into a corner when he finally had to reveal what the building was all about, panicked, and created a totally contrived unbelievable ending. Not only was the ending poorly created, the character development of a key character was not flushed out properly, and it just seemed lazy on the part of the author. (It felt as though the author thought it was just easier to kill off said character instead of explain him) This book started out promising, but ended VERY poorly, I felt it was a waste of my time! So my advice is do not waste yours with this book!
The book was somewhat intriguing until you reached the end. I feel the author could have done a much better job reaching the conclusion.
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