Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Bedbugs" - Review

Author: Ben H. Winters
Publisher: Quirk Books (September 6, 2011)
ISBN: 9781594745232
Paperback: 256 pages
(also available in e-book)

About the Book:

Alex and Susan Wendt are the perfect couple in search of the perfect brownstone-and they find their dream house in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric, and the handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the previous tenants. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up!

Big mistake: Susan soon discovers that the brownstone 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. Exterminators search the property and turn up nothing. Neighbors insist the building is clean. Susan fears that she's going mad-but as the mysteries deepen, a more sinister explanation presents itself: She may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from hell.

An understated horror story filled with loving references to Rosemary's Baby and other classic tales of urban paranoia, Bedbugs will keep your skin crawling into the wee hours of the night.

My Thoughts:

Susan and her husband find their dream apartment for a price they can afford and there doesn't appear to be anything wrong with it. They can't believer their good luck, so they take it. Soon, Susan hears about the bedbug problem in the neighborhood and starts fixating on it. Her imagination starts working overtime, and soon she feels those little critters...

I have enjoyed books by Mr. Winters in the past, so when I found that he had written a new book, I new I had to have it. Mind you, I hate bugs and the thought of bedbugs brings shudders. Take that and mix it in with a bit of horror and I held in my hands one great story that made me itch to find out what happened next. This book was a very captivating read and had an ending that I really didn't see coming. I guess you could say I was blindsided - although I had pieced some of the puzzle together.

If you are looking for a good horror story that will make your skin crawl, make sure to add this one to your reading list. It will keep you entertained and keep you up way past your bedtime reading (and searching under your covers...)!

About the Author:

Ben H. Winters is the New York Times best-selling author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (Quirk, 2009). His most recent book, the YA novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman (HarperCollins, 2010), was nominated for an Edgar Award.

To learn more about Mr. Winters or view more of his writings, you can visit him at: http://benhwinters.com/

I received a copy of this book from Quirk Books to read and honestly review.

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