The Key to Everything [NOOK Book]

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Cracked and weathered binding, hiding mysteries on pages tied closed by a bloodstained string. A happy young family enchanted by dreams and possibilities. A barren, empty room. A boy with no friends obsessively drawing angles, edges and diagrams.

In his debut novel, Alex Kimmell captures a vivid and startling tale of fear. Auden’s journey begins when he discovers a curious leather-bound book whose contents will soon endanger his entire ...
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The Key to Everything

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Overview

Cracked and weathered binding, hiding mysteries on pages tied closed by a bloodstained string. A happy young family enchanted by dreams and possibilities. A barren, empty room. A boy with no friends obsessively drawing angles, edges and diagrams.

In his debut novel, Alex Kimmell captures a vivid and startling tale of fear. Auden’s journey begins when he discovers a curious leather-bound book whose contents will soon endanger his entire family. The pages of this book draw him into a prison that cannot be breached, a place that can only be unlocked with a very special key.

In The Key to Everything, fear is explored and heightened through jarring imagery and a terrifying, unique menace, ratcheting up the tension until the novel’s gripping climax.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014704410
  • Publisher: Booktrope Editions
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 26,942
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alex Kimmell is a graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music. He lives in rural Rhode Island with his wife, their two sons, and a family dog.

This is his first novel.

He has nightmares.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

    It felt like someone had a LSD trip and made a book out of it.  

    It felt like someone had a LSD trip and made a book out of it.  
    It was confusing and the author tried to tie everything together in the end but you still were left sitting there wondering " what did I just read?" 
    The short overview given by BN didn't even seem to apply.  Maybe if some of the chapters were re-arranged, it may make a better, smoother read but as it stands it was too confusing.  


    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest re

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    In The Key to Everything, we meet a diverse cast of characters who each have one thing in common: somehow, their lives got entwined and connected to the Key. Auden, our main character for the largest part of the book, moves into a new house with his family. From the moment he sets foot inside, strange things start happening. An ancient, leather-bound book, calls for him. At first, he believes it’s just the stress of moving that’s catching up with him. But as he starts having nightmares about his family, with neck at an impossible angle, and their mouths impossible wide open, he starts to believe there may be something more sinister going on.

    I thought at first that this would be your average, ten in a dozen, haunted house story. But it turns out to be so much more. The writing is amazing. Alex Kimmell has a distinct narrative voice, a clean eye for detail as an author, and the ability to make his characters seem like real flesh-and-blood people. He masterfully writes down the gorey, gruesome scenes this book demands, but is just as skilled at slowly building up tension. While it may have started out as your average haunted house cliché, it’s anything but.

    If I had to come up with one flaw, it would be the second-person POV used when the chapter focuses on Auden. I’m not a fan of “you did this, you did that”. I much prefer third person, or first person POV. But it does manage to give the book a bewildering, surreal quality, so maybe it succeeded in what it tried to do.

    This book deserves to be read by all horror fans. Immensly flawed characters, great narrative, interesting plot, deliciously creepy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Not Bad

    Not bad. Some interesting twists.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Interesting

    A bit confusing. Scary. Read it for yourself. YOU figure it out. 494 pages. Read it in 2 sittings. Frightening,but you just can't stop reading. I will visit this author again, to be sure!

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  • Posted July 15, 2012

    I just finished this amazing novel....This might be Kimmell's fi

    I just finished this amazing novel....This might be Kimmell's first but it won't be his last. The imagery is breath-taking - you will get pulled in in such a way that you will be a part of this living, breathing world and forget that it is only a world that exists in the mind of a writer...Kimmell is truly one of the great wordsmiths of the 21st century. I am a fan! and waiting for the next book...

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    What a chilling and creepy ride!!! This is an AWESOME read - it'

    What a chilling and creepy ride!!! This is an AWESOME read - it's a story that sucks you in right away and you won't put it down. Reminiscent of Poltergeist, Hitchcock and the Shining, the context of intimate family life and the infiltration of malevolence within the forms of innocents is powerfully unnerving. Without giving anything away, the portal concept is novel both in metaphor and imaging. Plus, you are in the story, and the story breathes, it's unpredictable and fully resolves. The writing is excellent - I felt like I was in a movie where I could see it, hear it, and it freaked me out! I kept popping my neck from the tension while reading - no doubt, you'll be popping yours, too! Bravo!

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    Weird but good

    I haven't quite finished it yet, but so far it has been interesting. It definitely keeps your attention. If you like strange stories, you will positively like this book.

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