Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Science Fiction, 2013

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....
©2012 Peter Clines and Permuted Press (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"A riveting apocalyptic mystery in the style of LOST." (Craig DiLouie, author of The Infection and The Killing Floor)
"A wholly original story that weaves together mystery and the apocalypse like a finely tuned band." (Evan Roy, Bricks of the Dead)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 24-06-2015

14 gets 14/10 from me

WOW, what a great book, I didn't want it to end. It had many different aspects - starting off with us getting to know a group of people renting an apartment building. A small group formed a friendship and began to explore the building. This led to mystery and lots of unanswered questions. Suddenly it was all Sci Fi and I loved every word, sentence, paragraph, chapter. Is this a movie? If it isn't then it should be.
I am so glad I found this author, now to see what else the wonderful Mr Peter Clines has written....

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5 out of 5 stars
By Katie on 16-02-2015

Excellent Story

I couldn't get enough of this novel. It was really interesting. I loved how it integrated real life history/people in to the storyline to make the story more believable.
If you like conspiracy theory fiction, then you just might like this. It's great FUN.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jeeves on 20-05-2018

Mystery? Not really

This was a recommendation from a friend, so I thought I'd give it a go. Based off the description, I went in preparing for a mystery/thriller...what I ended up with was an episode of Fringe. Overall, it was ok- maybe if I went in expecting more sci-fi aspects I would have liked it more.

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10 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By GreenAdam on 23-07-2017

Started out strong, sort of fizzled at the end.

The first half of the book was OUTSTANDING - I couldn't stop listening when my car pulled in the driveway. The longer the story went, the less interested I became. The ending was... strange. That's the best way I can put it. It almost felt like the author created this outstanding mystery around the building in the story, but couldn't figure out a reasonable conclusion to the story and just said "screw it - I'll throw some crazy sci fi monsters together, make up some crap to tie the loose ends together, and THE END". That's probably a bit of an exaggeration - I did give the book 4 stars after all... but I was expecting so much better over the last 100 pages!

Regardless of the ending, I absolutely loved the witty dialog throughout the book. I seriously laughed out loud several times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 23-11-2016

A good one!

The blurb on this one didn't really appeal, so it was with hesitation that I bought it. So glad I took the plunge.

I can see why another reviewer may not have liked the last quarter of the story.....but on balance, it didn't detract sufficiently from the rest of the story to warrant a lower rating. This was a great listen. The quiet dread starts to build from the opening scene, and keeps building (intentional excessive use of "building"), despite the light-hearted tone of the characters. On balance, this is book is good entertainment.

It's not possible to say anything else about the plot without giving too much away. I knew it was sci-fi, but I had no inkling of what was coming for at least 3/4 of the book. It kept me listening into the small hours more than once.....so much for getting a good night's sleep courtesy of the building (not a spoiler of consequence!). Now I know why the editor's intro says what it does....but it doesn't really give much of a clue.

Narration was excellent.

Not surprising that Audible.com selected this as its best sci-fi novel of 2012 - just sorry I took so long to listen to it.



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20 of 21 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By P on 13-04-2013

Un-expected pleasure.

I didn't know what to expect with this one, I got it because I really enjoyed clines other creations.



But I quickly fell in love with the whole story, you get to know each and every character and the twists are great.



It is hard to review without giving anything away, alls I can say is very enjoyable and really well narrated to the point where you can easily pick out each character by the narration.

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