Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Review: 14 By Peter Clines

Publication Date: May 7, 2012
Paperback: 370 pages
Publisher: Permuted Press
ISBN-10: 1618680528
Genre: Horror Fiction, Science Fiction
About The Book:
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... 

My Thoughts:
Absolutely Amazing!  Although Clines didn't make it to the final list of nominees for the 2012 Bram Stoker Awards, 14 was certainly a contender.  14 is a hybrid mixture of Lost, H.P Lovecraft, and the classic Twilight Zone series.  The characters were very well-developed with an extremely intriguing and complex story line.  The Kavach Building was certainly the leading character in this novel with its deeply hidden secrets that Nate Tucker and his neighbors are determined to unravel at all costs....and some pay the ultimate price.  Full of suspense and intrigue, I found myself easily reading into the late hours of the night.  Clines has certainly proven himself to be a gifted storyteller with his attention to detail and history as well.  Nate Tucker's fate seemed a bit predictable by novel's end but I really can't imagine any other for him. Well done and highly recommended....four stars!

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