Audrey's Door

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Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B's astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants . . . except for Audrey Lucas.

No stranger to tragedy at thirty-two—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother's hopeless dementia— Audrey is obsessively determined to make her own way in a city that often strangles the weak. But is it something otherworldly or Audrey's ...

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Overview

Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B's astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants . . . except for Audrey Lucas.

No stranger to tragedy at thirty-two—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother's hopeless dementia— Audrey is obsessively determined to make her own way in a city that often strangles the weak. But is it something otherworldly or Audrey's own increasing instability that's to blame for the dark visions that haunt her . . . and for the voice that demands that she build a door? A door it would be true madness to open . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Romantic TimesBOOKclub
"Believable characters, deft writing, and an intriguing take on the haunted–house tale."
Brian Keene
“...[I]nnovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling...”
J.C. Patterson
“[THE MISSING is] as engrossing as a dagger poised at one’s throat.”
Lindsay Hunter
"[THE KEEPER] will scare the heck out of you."
Peter Straub
“[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career.”
Edward Bryant
"...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper..."
Ramsey Campbell
“A dark and bracingly bleak tale of supernatural terror. Its brooding atmosphere comes as much from the social and psychological as from the ghostly, and best of all, from the quality of the prose.”
Douglas E. Winter
“Deft and disturbing, THE KEEPER twists expectations into surreal surprises. Sarah Langan’s tale of haunted lives and landscapes is hypnotic reading - an assured and impressive debut.”
Tim Lebbon
“THE KEEPER is a brilliant debut, heralding the arrival of a major talent. This disturbing, spooky novel is written by someone who knows about dread, and imagery, and fear, and who knows that a good ghoststory needs soul.”
Kelly Link
“Sarah Langan’s debut novel THE KEEPER kept me up, late into the night. Do I bear her a grudge? Of course not! I’m hoping for a whole shelf of novels by Langan, and many other sleepless nights.”
4 stars! —Lindsay Hunter
“[THE KEEPER] will scare the heck out of you.”
-Edward Bryant
“...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper...”
—Rue Morgue
“A subtle, bleak tone and well-drawn characters elevate this one above the pack.”
4 stars! --Lindsay Hunter
“[THE KEEPER] will scare the heck out of you.”
--Rue Morgue
“A subtle, bleak tone and well-drawn characters elevate this one above the pack.”
Rue Morgue
"A subtle, bleak tone and well-drawn characters elevate this one above the pack."
Baltimore Sun
“A beautiful, suspenseful novel... that sets out to do exactly what it should: scare the reader with a combination of well-crafted prose and page-turning velocity.”
Madison County Herald
...Combines a witches brew of toxic styles, mixing in bits of Stephen King, Lovecraft, Poe, and Peter Straub, then pours out a thoroughly nasty concoction all her own.
Washington Times
“Echoes of Stephen King resound throughout Ms Langan’s rich depiction of a mill town...the first fruits of a most promising career.”
New York Times Book Review
“It’s the only horror story I’ve read recently that finds adequate metaphors for the self-destructive properties of anger.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Believable characters, deft writing, and an intriguing take on the haunted–house tale.”
Booklist
“Langan’s idiosyncratic blending of supernatural horror and character-driven, psychological insight proves captivating and pleasurably bone-chilling.”
Publishers Weekly
Langan's lackluster third horror novel follows emotionally stunted, mentally ill Audrey Lucas as she moves into the Breviary, which seems the perfect Manhattan home for an up-and-coming architect. Rent is cheap; the building's Chaotic Naturalism architecture is rare and intriguing; and it lets Audrey get away from her troubled first romance. After learning that the apartment's last occupant drowned her four children before committing suicide, Audrey still opts to stay, but as apparitions and the building's other residents urge her to “build a door,” her sanity begins to slip. What follows is a slow, uninteresting story full of dead-end digressions, with nothing to keep a reader engaged. Langan (The Missing) knows how to write strong prose, but the story lacks punch and likely won't even appeal to fans of haunted houses. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061624216
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 654,507
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.34 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Langan received her MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She studied with Michael Cunningham, Nicholas Christopher, Helen Schulman, Susan Kenney, and Maureen Howard, among others, all of whom have been instrumental to her work. The author of The Keeper and the Bram Stoker Award-winning The Missing, she is a master's candidate in environmental medicine at NYU and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    engaging haunted apartment house horror thriller

    Following the break up with her fiancé Saraub and her mother's lapse into a coma, architect Audrey Lucas feels fortunate to find an apartment in Morningside Heights for under a $1000 a month as she was thinking of relocating to Queens. She moves into the historical Breviary, which was construed in 1861 and is an architect's delight with its rarely used "Chaotic Naturalism" style.

    Audrey is a bit taken aback to learn the previous occupant drowned her four small children before killing herself, but prefers bad vibes to the boroughs. Soon after moving in, Audrey's mind begins to lose its grip on sanity. Ghosts and other renters warn her to construct a door before it is too late although the other living occupants are urban hermits of sorts hiding behind the doors they each built. Still even as she is aware she is losing it, Audrey obsessively begins to build the door so they can escape

    AUDREY'S DOOR is an engaging haunted apartment house horror thriller that grips the readers mostly because of its Columbia University location; a seemingly unlikely place for a haunting unless you know the neighborhood overlooking Harlem. Audrey is a wonderful protagonist who is loaded with neurotic tendencies. Although the climax can be on a foggy day as far away as Hoboken, fans will enjoy Sarah Langan's tense Gotham thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Not worth the price.

    I kept wondering why I finished it. Wasn't worth my time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    Book unreadable

    Threw it away....gruesome

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