Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much.
At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.
Because every room in this old Los Angeles brownstone has a mystery or two. Mysteries that stretch back over a hundred years. Some of them are in plain sight. Some are behind locked doors. And all together these mysteries could mean the end of Nate and his friends.
Or the end of everything… from Goodreads.com
After reading the summary of this book, I just had to have it and received a copy from Net Galley. This book kept me guessing – I honestly had no idea what was going on and had to keep reading so I could figure it out. I could never have predicted in a million years what it actually was that made the brownstone so full of mystery and intrigue.
The characters in this book drew me in right away. Yes, there are a few stereotypes, but it also made for interesting relationship dynamics. At times, I wanted to yell “Don’t go down those stairs!” or “Don’t open that door!” because I’ve seen enough horror movies and read enough books to know what usually happens. But I was almost always surprised in this novel.
Peter Clines has quite the imagination and although the latter third of the book initially left me feeling like maybe it had “jumped the shark”, it just seemed to work after a while. I felt the ending was justified and a perfect setup for a second book.
If you like a little sci-fi/fantasy in your reading, definitely check out 14.