Padlocked doors. Strange light fixtures. Mutant cockroaches.
There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment.
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...
14 by Peter Clines
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There's a strong Lovecraftian influence and throwbacks to real scientists. When I was a teen, I read a lot of Christopher Pike - this story reminded me of some of his sci-fi influenced books.
This felt like it was written for the young adults/new adult market. There's some sexual situations in the story, nothing too graphic for my tastes - older kids might find it thrilling.
The characters are one-dimensional and the mystery wasn't mysterious to me. I guessed everything that would happen. Set-ups are obvious for hard-core readers or sci-fi/fantasy buffs but a younger reader -like a teen- who hasn't read much Lovecraft or watched Doctor Who might not pick up on those threads so the mystery would be a mystery (take that as you will).
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a free review.
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