by Ben H. Winters
Release date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
Paperback: 256 pages
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FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.
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.
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.
We give it a few days. If we so much as hear a bug farting in the night, we are out of here.
- page 148, chapter 17
I found this to be a slow creeping kind of horror. The kind of horror that gently envelopes you to the point where it's too late to turn back and you just have to push forward. And then you're glad you did.
* review copy courtesy of publisher