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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.
©2011 Ben H. Winters (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-30-13

All Bedbugs are Not Created Equal

This is a very today version of Night Gallery, Amityville Horror, Rosemary's Baby and The Tell Tell Heart.

It is more then just about a bug infestation. At times you will wonder if there are bugs, what is in the basement, is the main character going crazy, why does the husband not like the landlady, how far is the main character going to go? It is a scary story with several twists that you will not see coming. I found it very entertaining and scary.

I am surprised no reviewers have mentioned the main character. I guess because it is politically incorrect. The main character is a woman, who is married and has a baby girl. She talks her husband into letting her quit her well paid job at a law firm, so she can paint. Then months go buy and she never paints a stroke. They continue to pay $400 a week in child care for the little girl. The husband does the cooking and he is very understanding and never lays a guilt trip on her. She insists that they need a bigger a apartment, even though it will be more expensive then what they already are renting. The only have sex about every other week and the husband is loyal. This guy needs to grow some balls.

Even though I did not like the main character, I still loved the story. This is story has enough elements in it that some well known writers would have stretched it out into a lot longer book, I appreciate the brevity.

I almost knocked off a star on the narrator, as I thought maybe she played the child too irritating. The kid sounds pretty spoiled the way she reads it and I am not sure that is how it was written, but considering the wife, maybe so.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 09-26-11

For daytime hours only!!!

Great story Mr. Winters! At one point, I was so engrossed in it, I stopped listening to go have a shower just because the storyline was making me feel so creepy-crawly. Anyone who chooses to listen to this one while in the midst of moving, consider yourself warned!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan Mills on 10-03-11

Itchy (in a good way)

I like this book a lot. The author does an excellent job of painting a comfortable picture of normality, slowly introducing the peculiar and unpleasant until sudden all that is left is abnormality and insanity. It's a classic horror device, and executed here very subtley and effectively. The bugs in particular are a good theme - very few people will not have a reaction of some kind to bugs, from mild disgust to full blown phobia, and, when I started scratching part way into the book, I wasn't really surprised and took it to mean I was enjoying it. The author managed to keep me guessing regarding the eventual outcome, which I appreciate. The reader does a great job as well. I'd definitely recommend it, unless you have a phobia of insects.

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