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)
Heck yeah. This was an awesome listen. Great characters, great plotting, great performance!! I can't say much without spoiling it because of the tightness of the plot, but should you decide to take this adventure, you're in for a treat with some twists and turns.
It is completely original and unexpected. Clines took everyday occurrences and people and made them interesting, scary and unpredictable. Everyone has experiences that can relate to the characters in this book, but then the story line develops and it is like a roller coaster. Great work.
One of the best books I have read in a long time. Really loved the characters and the storyline. Reminded me a lot of the move "the mist" but way better. Also reminds me of the TV show Fringe, which even got a reference in the book. Lots of fun Scooby Doo references also.
Everything you could want in a thriller/mystery/scifi story. Well worth reading.
I hope they make a movie out this outstanding book. Soon.
It's up there as one of the best thrillers/mysteries I've ever listened to.
Books by Stephen King or Dean Koontz.
I don't want to spoil this for anyone...but I will say that choosing just one scene would be very difficult.
If I could have listened to it in one sitting, I would have. I will admit that on one day the fridge and kitchen cupboards got a very thorough cleaning and on another passers by must have wondered why I was sitting in my car in the supermarket carpark for so long.
The fantastic narration and superb writing make this book an all round winner.
I have a listening addiction.
You do not want to read a review with any discussion of this book's plot. This book is best as a leap of faith.I am writing this scant review as a SciFi reader of 50 years. Seriously, just get it. You will enjoy every minute.
After you read this please join me in prodding the author to hurry with his next book!
I really liked this book at the beginning it was a nice mystery that kept unfolding... then all of a sudden it was like the book switched genres. Suddenly there were weird alien things and other dimensions. I guess that's great for people who love that kind of book but I'm more of a fan of the mystery/"something weird is happening so lets figure it out" type of book. I will however acknowledge that this is a personal preference and other reviews do say this is a sci-fi book. I personally wish the book resolved itself differently but it was true to its genre and I can't fault the author for that. Some things in the story also didn't make a lot of sense as far as the character reactions to things that were happening. But also I don't have a lot of frame of reference as to how people should react in a sci-fi setting.
On another note, Ray Porter was FANTASTIC. His voices were perfect and switched seamlessly. I will definitely find other books narrated by him if they are available.
This book was such a surprise! I didn't expect it to be THIS good, and from an author I've never heard of. I think Stephen King may have some competition in the future. :D
I expected the story to be predictable, and it's been anything but....I never thought it would take the turns it has. The characters are richly developed, and I can very easily see them in my mind. I'm from Los Angeles and the book has captured that area well.
The narrator is also doing a top-notch job. One of the major chracters is a young East Indian woman, and the narrator has the accent down perfectly. This woman is also the comic relief for the book (very witty comments, BTW) and I find myself chuckling whenever "she"'s talking. The narrator makes me feel that there are 6 - 8 more people in the room, and that's quite an accomplishment!
I'm really glad I chose this novel, and I'm wondering if they are eventually going to make it into a movie - it would be a good one.
When I first saw the title I could not believe that another book about an apartment would be a top seller. In fact, I purchased it only because nothing else interested me. Man was I wrong, Peter Clines really came up with something new from a dull and boring subject. The book was definetly something to listen to.
I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't wait to get to the end.
I was a little let down by the end. He seemed to sell out. And the book got complicated about two thirds of the way through. And i loved the references to Scooby doo throughout the book;.
no, i have not.
I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book. I enjoyed it, and wanted to read it. I loved it, and listened to it for several hours at a time but it didn't make me laugh or cry.
One might have a greater appreciation of this booj if one is familiar with the work of Lovecraft.
I am a Chef and have two boys. I also have 2 accounts.
BORING BOOK TO ME. I DID NOT FINISH LISTENING TO IT. THE PREVIEW SOUNDED GOOD, BUT IT WAS NOT TO ME.
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