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 neighbour 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…
As we’ve already established, I’m a huge Peter Clines fan. I mean, the man Instas his Warhammer figurines and Lego constructions, peppers his prose with Doctor Who references, and does a blog that gives some sensational writing advice. So I might be a tad biased.
But! All that happened AFTER I read this book. And it was because I loved this book so much that I found him on social media and looked up his advice on writing. Not the Doctor Who bit though. I loved Doctor Who even before I read this book.
Which is a freaking fantastic book! I just wanted to let you know that if you read this book, you will be sucked into the Clineverse (Peterverse? PClineverse?). So…beware and all that.
14 has a wonderful cast of oddball characters, and I loved each and every one of them. But what really drew me into the narrative was the bizarre. Imagine a cross between the madness of Alice in Wonderland but with a Lovecraftian vibe. That’s what you get in this wack-a-doo apartment building that Nate, our main character, finds himself in.
The atmospheric, scenic horror was out of this world…
Ok, that was a terrible pun, but seriously, the dread and suspense Cline can build is phenomenal. I did a late night binge reading session of this book because the mystery of the odd apartment was overwhelmingly compelling. I had to know what it all meant, what horrors awaited Nate and the other apartment dwellers, and I chop that up to Cline’s amazing writing. This book deserves 5 out of 5 stars.