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Lurk

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Some secrets should stay buried....

College student Drew Brady never wanted the power to spy on his friends. But late one night, he finds a box of old Polaroids buried under his house that can change to show him whatever he desires, and Drew finds himself with the power to watch the people around him without them ever knowing.

Yet as Drew falls deeper into the rabbit hole of jealousy and despair, he begins having strange visions of the students who lived at the house 20 years ago and the gruesome fates they met after moving out. He finds evidence of a stalker who may be living on the property. The line between reality and nightmare blurs. Drew realizes there is something under the house that is manipulating him through the pictures, an eldritch, not-quite-dead thing that will drive him to do unspeakable evil if he doesn't look away....

A blistering horror story, Lurk is unlike anything you've ever heard.

©2016 Adam Christopher Kennedy (P)2017 Adam Christopher Kennedy

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    Lucia Stegaru 02-23-17
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    "Lurk keeps you on your toes!"
    Would you listen to Lurk again? Why?

    Yes! The novel is pretty thought-provoking. You don't know whether to trust the narrator, if what he is saying is true/real. Listening to the book again would probably uncover some new nuances I may not have noticed before!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Definitely. You see Drew descend into his own mind, and are on the whole journey with him. Adam Vine very vividly depicts the kind of turmoil Drew goes through, and you just never know what is going to happen next!


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Meyer – was your favorite?

    Drew, probably. There was not too too much distinction between characters, especially the female ones. Kevin Meyer captured Drew's emotions pretty well, though.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Drew coming full circle at the end really shocked me! It was an unexpected surprise that really added to the creep factor. It also left me with so many questions, in a good way! By the end, you are not sure if you can even trust anything Drew says, which makes it all way creepier.


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    J 02-21-17
    J 02-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great debut novel!"

    Lately I've been trying to listen to several new audiobooks, but I eventually gave up on them due to poor narration or uninteresting plots. Thankfully, this didn't happen with Lurk!

    I was hooked fairly early on and I enjoyed Drew's journey. It was nice to have the main character someone you may not necessarily like or enjoy, but his motivations and thought processes are well developed. The other core characters were also well written.

    Now as a horror novel, is it actually worth it? Well it definitely creeped me out/unnerved me a good number of times. The vivid descriptions help and as an audiobook I think it's even better. Kevin Meyer's creepy as hell laugh/chuckle (you'll know it when you listen) was fantastic for example. Though his range isn't broad (female characters weren't distinct) and sometimes it was hard to figure out which character was speaking, I still enjoyed the narration overall.

    I'm looking forward to see what Adam Vine writes next!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cathryn Los Angeles, California 01-22-17
    Cathryn Los Angeles, California 01-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Book - More from Adam Vine Please"
    If you could sum up Lurk in three words, what would they be?

    I've always been the innkeeper


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Drew because his weaknesses were so well illustrated while still being completely relatable.


    What about Kevin Meyer’s performance did you like?

    Well delivered, great snark for the snarky tone. Great subtle shifts between characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end where Drew comes full circle


    Any additional comments?

    More from Adam Vine please.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Carmell 02-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "new twist on horror!"

    I enjoyed this book a lot ... Although... The narrator seems very prim and proper and middle-aged so it sounded a bit funny when he talked about smoking fat nasty blunts haha but I really did enjoy this book it was very creepy and cut my attention the whole time. I would definitely read more from this author would and would definitely recommend!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Devlin Jay Florida 02-08-17
    Devlin Jay Florida 02-08-17 Member Since 2016

    If it isn't difficult, it may just not be worth doing.

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    "Love the premise and twists"

    This is a book that hooked me from the get-go...I am a Stephen King fan and this felt like it had some vague nuances similar to that style but more so it was a very interesting story to me.

    I never go into details about books in my reviews as I do not do spoilers...

    This was entertaining, interesting and a bit creepy (hard to do for me with books so that impressed me). The first 60% of the book was awesome and the last 40% was good. There were some parts that felt as though it was filler but I thinking back, it was for a reason and necessary. You'll understand when you listen to it or read it.

    Some things that the author seems to cover that feel realistic to me...bouts of depression, suicidal thoughts and other similar themes. Don't get me wrong or misinterpret, this book isn't some completely dark one but it does feel like it gets into the mind of someone who has experienced some of those things before.

    This was a very good book; almost an awesome one! I will absolutely look for this author's next effort and recommend checking t out of you like the horror genre!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Edric Unsane 02-04-17
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    "Really liked it."

    Creepy and wierd, it was a blast of a read. Would recommend to just about anyone who is into horror.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Joplin, MO, United States 05-20-17
    Dawn Joplin, MO, United States 05-20-17

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    "Evil Lurks"

    I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

    Drew Brady lives in a typical college party house with other students. Drew is overweight and has low self-esteem because of his weight and his inability to attract girls like his friends do. He also has a history of depression probably for the same reasons. Of course, no one realizes this because he always presents himself as Mr. Nice Guy. In reality, he's not even close to a nice guy. He is a complex and troubled person. The other characters in Lurk aren't as well developed as Drew's character and are typical college kids trying new things and "finding themselves."

    After Drew and his friend Bea find a box of polaroids under the house, strange things start to happen to Drew. It becomes more and more difficult for him to know what the difference is between fantasy and reality. It was also difficult for me, as the reader, to know the difference at times. How much is in his mind and how much is real?

    As I listened to Lurk, there were times when my mind started to wander when it got slow or wordy. The narrator, Kevin Meyer, did a good job at telling the story and had good rhythm and timing. For the most part, he didn't try to distinguish between the different voices which was fine. Once in a while, he changed his voice a little though, especially with the landlord's voice, but since others weren't changed it seemed unnecessary.

    There are some interesting twists in Lurk and even though it did get slow here and there, anyone who likes horror or the supernatural should like this book.

    3.5 out of 5 stars for both the narration and the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilly's Book World Romania 05-18-17
    Lilly's Book World Romania 05-18-17

    Love to read, love talking about what I read.

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    "A story that goes beyond action"

    [I have received an audio version of this book for free, in exchange for a review. This has in no way altered my opinion.]

    I must confess since the beginning that I am not a such a fan of horror books. Having this one in the audio format was a very good thing, as I enjoyed the story very much!

    As the description says, a group of college students notice someone has been spending nights in their basement and also a bunch of Polaroids showing the old gang that used to live in the same house. All is nice and well until Drew Brady discovers that the Polaroids can show much more than that and have the power to spy on their subjects also. The story gets even creepier when he starts having visions of old people and Bea (his all-time crush) is stalked by someone.

    A bit of a trigger warning: we have a main character which is fat and has a history for mental illness. There is also a suicide which is described (with a fair amount of accuracy) in the book. So if you are not comfortable with these, you have been warned.

    I wouldn’t say this was a scarry, scarry book. For someone not used to reading horror books, this is a decent one. The author manages to align the words with the emotions of our main character, whose point of view we have. Narrated from his point of view, Drew feels alone, even if surrounded by his friends. All the other characters have a typical teenage behavior: drink, smoke, party, repeat. But Drew is far more complex.

    This character opens up a door to some other problems that young people may face these days. With a history of mental illness and a weight complex, Drew becomes jealous of his best friend Jay when he starts dating Bea. Even if the girl of his dreams never showed an interest beyond friendship, he starts hating them for this relationship. I believe he is the best example of a person who understands he has issues, but doesn’t do anything to overcome his insecurities. He starts hating others, instead of trying to improve his own attitude towards life. The author did a great job creating this complex character, which, if analyzed in detail, can become a great study case J

    The narrator did a good job wen telling this story, even if the voice acting was not that good. Sometimes I was a little confused because I did not realize who was speaking, but that was ok. I had no problems, however, to understand the message and that’s more important.

    Ok, rating time. I would go with a 3.5 stars for the narration and 4.5 for the book. I loved the main character, I love having things to analyze in a book outside of the story. Somehow I would have wanted more… horror. So a total of 4 stars for the complete audio version of this book, with my congratulations to the author and narrator for a great work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Miller 05-17-17
    A Miller 05-17-17 Member Since 2015

    author, book review blogger, and freelance editor.

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    "This one kept me awake at night...in the best way!"
    What did you love best about Lurk?

    I’m usually not one for ‘horror’ novels (I find them to be too similar to one another and they’re usually predictable), but the synopsis intrigued me enough to give “Lurk” a chance. The characters were by far my favorite. The ‘Sunny Hill Crew’ were interesting, alive, and very much resembled people we’ve probably all known in our lives. I think that’s what made the events of this novel so chilling and unsettling; we know people like this and probably have been one of them to someone else. Now, the lack of ‘background’ provided for Carter, Natalia, Bea, and Jay might bother some people, but their pasts really weren’t relevant so I’m glad Mr. Vine didn’t take up page space with unnecessary details. Suffice it to say that, through the course of the story, the group evolves and reveal things about themselves that make them so, so relatable and sympathetic. It was impossible not to be drawn into their world. Drew’s struggles in particular were sadly reminiscent of far too many college-aged students I’ve known, and as personal as this is to admit, I was one of them for a time. Lonely, complacent, doubting my self-worth in the eyes of others, just to name a few. His growth was…not what I expected, but to say anymore would spoil it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Admittedly, there were a couple of places when it got a little weird and started to lose me, but something always snapped me right back into the story. In the end, I’m really really hoping someone will make this into a movie because it was THAT good! Mr. Vine had just the right balance between violence and psychological shenanigans to keep either from ever becoming too much or too dramatic and overwhelming.


    What about Kevin Meyer’s performance did you like?

    Kevin Meyer was born to narrate this novel. Seriously, there could not have been a better choice. I never once felt like he was just reading or going through the motions, and while “Lurk” didn’t have a full soundtrack of effects, Mr. Meyer didn’t need them. He became the characters in a way that’s indicative of a true master. If there were typos in the manuscript, he handled them flawlessly, because not once did he stutter or stumble. His articulation and tone were great and he injected enough emotion into the narrative to make it believable. I will be watching for more of his work!


    Who was the most memorable character of Lurk and why?

    I'm sure most people would say Drew, and he was very memorable, but Andy was it for me. He was such a creep and on so many levels!


    Any additional comments?

    This would make an amazing movie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lomeraniel Spain 05-11-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 05-11-17
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    "Great psychological horror"

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

    The house at Sunny Hill has seen many tenants over the years. Drew Brady, one the current ones, a feisty group of college students, finds a box full of old polaroids buried in the cellar of the old house, showing tenants from twenty years before, mainly drinking and partying. It seems a random find until the pictures start changing and showing him what happened to the people in the pictures and how they died years later. They want something from Drew, and he is the perfect target due to the many insecurities has.

    I like horror novels, but I have to say that at first I was not sure about this one. The characters did not seem interesting at first, spending all the time drinking and partying. We do not know a lot about them, and it seems they never go to class or study. The language seemed a bit clanky until I found out that the complete story is written from the point of view of one of the college students. Also, most events happen during the Christmas break, so this justifies that they were not going to lectures or studying. I was not sure about it though, but then the story trapped me and did not let me go. This is a mix between horror and psychological thriller. We are inside Drew's mind, and we soon see that there is something terribly wrong with him, and that those polaroids are destabilizing him even more. I think the book also makes us think about Drew's choices and what we would have done in his place. It is easy to judge from outside, but Vine is so good at getting the reader inside the character's mind that I found myself sometimes completely understanding Drew and almost agreeing with his decisions.

    The plot was finely executed, introducing new elements and clues, but even like that I did not see most of the things coming, which is something I appreciate when listening to a horror novel: I need to be surprised. There is some gore but not too much compared to other books of the same genre, and the gore scenes are quick and not too detailed. The book focuses more on the psychological horror, and how everything depends on Drew's sanity.

    At the beginning of some chapters we are told Drew's evolution over the years by having a description of old pictures. I think this worked well with the main book theme.

    Kevin Meyer delivered a great narration. He was able to become Drew and transmit his fears and insecurities. I could clearly feel Drew's transformation not only by his actions and words, but also by Meyer's great interpretation. I have to say that Meyer was able to deliver a laugh so creepy that I almost got goosebumps.

    Against what I expected when I started this book, I can say that it is a hidden gem. There is a lot more than what meets the eye, and I would recommend it to anyone who would enjoy a psychological thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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