by Peter Clines
Genre: Mystery, Horror, Science Fiction
Date Read: 07 May 2014
Reading with my ears
Narrator: Ray Porter
Unabridged audio - Length: 12 hours 38 minutes
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...
This book was such a nice surprise. I had started the ebook a while back but had to set it aside for a shiny new title and totally forgot about it until a friend suggested I give it a try. I expected horror (I love horror!). But this story was more of a mystery. The first three quarters of the book, we are trying to figure out where the crazy was coming from (and there are a lot of crazy!). Huge illuminating cockroaches anyone (I would have not even unpacked!)
Very soon, the tenants of the apartment building getting to know each other, having fake movie-nights so that they can discuss the mystery without the supervisor noticing. I loved the way that all the friends had their own story and background explained. There were not many that were not very quickly a beloved part of the story.
This was a four star read for me until just a few chapters from the ending. I do not want to give away spoilers, so I will just say that the book took a strange turn that I did not enjoy. But all in all it was an enjoyable experience.
Audio: I really enjoyed the voice of Ray Porter. I think I could listen to him read the phonebook. His voice is so smooth – it just flows over you. I just felt sorry for him when he had to read some of the drama in the last few pages – wonder what he was thinking