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Audrey's Door Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2009
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...Combines a witches brew of toxic styles, mixing in bits of Stephen King, Lovecraft, Poe, and Peter Straub, then pours out a thoroughly nasty concoction all her own. -- Madison County Herald
“Sarah Langan is one of the bright new hopes of horror ― and intelligent, literary, ambitious author capable of scaring the ever-loving crap out of her readers.” -- Romantic Times BOOKclub
“Sarah Langan’s debut novel THE KEEPER kept me up, late into the night. Do I bear her a grudge? Of course not! I’m hoping for a whole shelf of novels by Langan, and many other sleepless nights.” -- Kelly Link, author of MAGIC FOR BEGINNERS
“...[I]nnovative, sharp, and absolutely chilling...” -- Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award winning author of Ghoul and Dead Sea
“THE KEEPER is a brilliant debut, heralding the arrival of a major talent. This disturbing, spooky novel is written by someone who knows about dread, and imagery, and fear, and who knows that a good ghoststory needs soul.” -- Tim Lebbon, author of DUSK and BERSERK
“Believable characters, deft writing, and an intriguing take on the haunted–house tale.” -- Romantic Times BOOKclub
“[A] distinct and juicy flavor all its own. THE KEEPER begins what should be a very fruitful career.” -- Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of IN THE NIGHT ROOM
“[THE MISSING is] as engrossing as a dagger poised at one’s throat.” -- J.C. Patterson
“Deft and disturbing, THE KEEPER twists expectations into surreal surprises. Sarah Langan’s tale of haunted lives and landscapes is hypnotic reading - an assured and impressive debut.” -- Douglas E. Winter
- Publisher : Harper; Original edition (September 29, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061624217
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061624216
- Item Weight : 7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.08 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,571,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not true with Langan's story! She has succeeded in crafting and developing characters that we can relate to, while managing to provide a 4-star 'BOO' factor. Some may feel that we have, 'been there, done that,' with her premise, but Langan states her inspiration came from some of the greatest: The Haunting of Hill House, The Shining and Rosemary's Baby, to name a few; a time when horror stories were character driven; a time when those characters remained unforgettable. She added she hopes she has done well by them with her story. I believe her unique spin on all of these stories, combined, is a triumphant success. Well, almost---there are some flaws.
Audrey, the primary protagonist, is a fragile, psychologically damaged young Architect, with commitment issues, who moves into a steal-of-a-deal Manhattan apartment, The Breviary. She is seeking space from her boyfriend, and attempting to empower herself, in light of some serious emotional issues. She is carrying around enough baggage to fill a dozen Pullman suitcases, including OCD and a mom with debilitating mental illness. I grew to love her for her imperfections.
Langan sets us up with a suspenseful, atmospheric, supernatural thriller, as very strange things begin to take place, and a host of peculiar neighbors begin to unveil themselves. We're left to wonder if Audrey is experiencing a breakdown, or if these events are actually happening. Secondary characters effectively drive the plot. Jayne, the only other young tenant in The Breviary was engaging, and Sarub, Audrey's boyfriend, was endearing, in spite of some serious issues of his own. I thoroughly enjoyed these characters.
Langan does a great job describing her characters. In one scene, an intrusive neighbor accosts Audrey in the hallway. Langan describes this lady so well, I could actually see her through Langan's eyes, all the way to her crusty, fungus-ridden toenails. This is where the subtle creepy factor begins to pinch the nerves.
Build the door and they will come. Ah, yes---this is where I had issues. In a supernatural world, suspending disbelief is often required, but with a little more development in this area, I feel, that for the genre, this would have been a strong 5 star read. All said, I know I will be watching this author closely, and I plan to pick up her other novels, to date.
Glad to see a gem in the mostly male dominated genre of horror. Bravo Ms. Langan!
Overall a great, dare I say, creepy read!
The story rambled and as another review says, was hard to tell if it was horror or a tale of a woman having a nervous breakdown. I wouldn't have minded either to be honest, I just like to know what it is I'm meant to be reading. The whole thing felt very self indulgent and rushed in parts. For me, it just never got going. I wanted to like it, I feel bad that I didn't.. but I didn't. I think of my books very personally and love to re read them over and over and over. I won't re read this book ever and sadly, I don't feel I can recommend it either. (Well except maybe to my ex - but I don't like him!!)