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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.
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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.
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      • content: "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."
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      • source: Penthouse
      • content: "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."
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      • content: "After reading Bedbugs you might want to fumigate any apartment you rent. You also might want to call in an exorcist."
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      • content: "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."
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      • content: "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 water' crawlies for days after."
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      • content: "You'll want to crawl under the covers while reading the super-spooky new novel Bedbugs, by Ben H. Winters--but you won't, because it does for the bed what Psycho did for the shower!"
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      • content: "Bedbugs is a psychological thriller with Hitchcockian suspense."
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      • content: "...the bloodcurdling Bedbugs manages to succeed in doing what rarely happens off the screen: Keep things spooky enough that it's impossible to go to sleep without knowing how it ends. Even then, you may leave the lights on and sleep on the floor."
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      • content: "Clean and taut with soul-baring inner monologues...Winters delivers prose that delicately piles on the novel's mounting intensity, using both light humor and doom...Bedbugs gets under our skin with the best of old-fashioned horror and newfangled gore."
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        July 11, 2011
        The man behind Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters returns with an original novel set in New York's Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, a tony enclave of young families, high-end strollers, and fancy cookware (in Winters's mind if not exactly in reality). The Wendts—infrequent artist Susan, husband Alex, and daughter Emma—newcomers to New York City, move into a suspiciously cheap apartment as a nearby mother rolls her twins off the roof, sparking a general turn to the creepy. Susan gradually becomes isolated as she encounters a "massive" stranger staring from the shadows of the yard, a noise of uncertain origin, a suicide close to home, and mysteries surrounding the apartment's last tenants. Increasingly troubling events culminate in a case of bedbugs that is demonic in scope. 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.

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        September 1, 2011

        Susan and Alex Wendt, along with their wee child, Emma, have finally made the move into a lovely brownstone in Brooklyn Heights. Alex's commercial photography business has just been blessed with some major-name clients, and Emma loves her new school. All sighs of relief and with settling in behind them, Susan embarks on her renewed career as a fine artist. But wait. Who's been tampering with her paintings? And what about these ever-present insects that the exterminator never seems to see? Is Susan a victim of the paresthesia phenomenon called formication? Or is something more sinister going on? VERDICT Winters, author of Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters and The Secret Life of Ms. Finkleman, delivers up a grand B movie-style psychological thriller complete with some genuinely creepy moments. Read it with the lights on so you can keep an eye out for those squirmy little buggers.--Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ

        Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        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. Susan and Alex Wendt can't believe their luck when they find a reasonably priced Brooklyn Heights brownstone apartment. The landlady, Andrea, is a chatty widow who welcomes the Wendts and their young daughter into the apartment above her own. At first Susan is thrilled to have a space to paint and pursue her artistic aspirations, until she's greeted with a horrible smell in the room she's set aside for her studio, and she finds one of her paintings altered. When small bites start appearing on her body, Susan is convinced the apartment is crawling with bedbugs, despite the fact that neither her husband nor her daughter has been bitten. As Susan researches the insects, she starts to believe the bugs are the manifestation of a curse that drove the previous tenant to her deathand is now threatening her. Winters expertly builds suspense in this chilling thriller.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2011, American Library Association.)

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Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.
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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.
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