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Audrey's Door

Audrey's Door

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by Sarah Langan
     
 

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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

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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 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 . . .

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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061624216
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
1,227,861
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.34(h) x 1.17(d)

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What People are saying about this

Peter Straub
“[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Brian Keene
“...[I]nnovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling...”
Edward Bryant
“...The new author on the block is definitely a keeper...”
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.”

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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