Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 256 pages, 8 × 5.26 × 0.7 in
Published: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Quirk Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1594745234
ISBN - 13: 9781594745232
About the Book
Alex and Susan Wendt are the perfect couple in search of the perfect brownstone--and they find their dream house in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric, and the handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the previous tenants. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up!
Big mistake: Susan soon discovers that the brownstone 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. Exterminators search the property and turn up nothing. Neighbors insist the building is clean. Susan fears that she's going mad--but as the mysteries deepen, a more sinister explanation presents itself: She may literally be confronting the "bedbug problem from hell."
An understated horror story filled with loving references to "Rosemary's Baby" and other classic tales of urban paranoia, "Bedbugs" will keep your skin crawling into the wee hours of the night.
From the Publisher
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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.
About 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.
“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.”— Publishers Weekly “The author of the monster mash-up hit Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) offers up a chilling tale of life in the perfect New York abode gone horribly wrong…Winters expertly builds suspense in this chilling thriller.”— Booklist " Bedbugs infest the life of a young couple who move into a peculiar brownstone in Brooklyn in Ben H. Winter''s diabolical tale of paranoia and domestic unrest.”— Vanity Fair Hot Type “I would not recommend reading Bedbugs in bed; it’s that gripping—and grotesque. . . This creepy story is expertly told, and will having you scratching imaginary itches long after you finish reading.”— Penthouse “After reading Bedbugs you might want to fumigate any apartment you rent. You also might want to call in an exorcist.”— McClatchy Newspapers “The book is a lot of fun and a great fall read for when you’re bundled under a pile of blankets that may or may not be full of creepy-crawlies.”—DenofGeek.com “All in all, Bedbugs is a solid read, a good thriller, and I guarantee you will have the creepy ‘I need to bleach my pillowcases in hot w