Review: Bedbugs

by Ben Winters
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (September 6, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1594745234
ISBN-13: 978-1594745232

Product description:

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.

My thoughts:

Sleep tight don’t let the bed bugs bite

After reading this book, you may find out who your friends really are after requesting a body search for parasites.

I like Quirk Books. They, and other small publishers, give a stiff middle finger to the major publishers who are determined to serve us literary happy meals. Some publishers really seem to be publishing what they love. I can’t help but feel that Quirk gives us titles that they enjoy reading like Winter’s Bedbugs.

Bedbugs is best read in bed, late at night, while a storm is brewing outside. Every odd noise is magnified and a simple sound like an ice-maker dumping will make you jump out of your skin.

One thing I can say about Winters is that he is an excellent writer. The creepy mood of this psychological thriller is perfect. I liked the pace and the supernatural aspect. However, I wish that the ending was a little longer.

I give it 4 1/2 skin crawling stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Quirk Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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