Bedbugs

Bedbugs

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by Ben H. Winters
     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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.

Big mistake. 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.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The man behind Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters returns with an original novel set in New York's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, a tony enclave of young families, high-end strollers, and fancy cookware (in Winters's mind if not exactly in reality). The Wendts—infrequent artist Susan, husband Alex, and daughter Emma—newcomers to New York City, move into a suspiciously cheap apartment as a nearby mother rolls her twins off the roof, sparking a general turn to the creepy. Susan gradually becomes isolated as she encounters a "massive" stranger staring from the shadows of the yard, a noise of uncertain origin, a suicide close to home, and mysteries surrounding the apartment's last tenants. Increasingly troubling events culminate in a case of bedbugs that is demonic in scope. By turns gruesome and compelling, fueled by a slow-burn tension, and full of in-jokes about contemporary Brooklyn culture, Winters's breezy summer read will leave readers compulsively scratching. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Susan and Alex Wendt, along with their wee child, Emma, have finally made the move into a lovely brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. Alex's commercial photography business has just been blessed with some major-name clients, and Emma loves her new school. All sighs of relief and with settling in behind them, Susan embarks on her renewed career as a fine artist. But wait. Who's been tampering with her paintings? And what about these ever-present insects that the exterminator never seems to see? Is Susan a victim of the paresthesia phenomenon called formication? Or is something more sinister going on? VERDICT Winters, author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, delivers up a grand B movie-style psychological thriller complete with some genuinely creepy moments. Read it with the lights on so you can keep an eye out for those squirmy little buggers.—Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594745379
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
230,468
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Ben H. Winters was nominated for an Edgar Award for his novel The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman. He is also the author of the New York Times best seller Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. He lives with his wife and children in Boston. 


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