Friday, September 9, 2011
Review: Bedbugs by Ben H Winters
Bedbugs is a novel of Fiction by Ben H Winters from Quirk Books.
Susan and Alex Wendt are the perfect couple in search of the perfect brownstone - and they find their dream house in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Sure, the landlady is eccentric, and the handyman drops cryptic remarks about the previous tenants. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.
Big mistake: Susan soon discovers the brownstone is crawling with bedbugs - or is it?
Susan Wendt gave up her legal career to stay home and focus on her art. Her husband Alex, has a small photography business that he is hoping will take off and allow them to live their dream.
With a young daughter, the family has outgrown their small apartment and Susan decides to start searching for a bigger place. Combing through the internet listings, Susan finds what looks to be the perfect place.
And it is - on the surface.
Not long after moving in, Susan begins showing signs of paranoia. She is thinking irrationally and soon believes the house is over run with bedbugs.
When the exterminator declares the home bug -free, Alex is relieved - but Susan is not so sure. Determined to find out more, Susan begins researching the internet for bedbugs and ends up at the library.
What she discovers is unbelievable - but Susan believes - to rid her house of the ‘blight’ that has been placed upon it will take an unspeakable act.
Bedbugs is a creepy read and I loved every minute of it. I found myself feeling phantom feet skittering across my skin and checking between the cushions of my couch for unwanted critters.
I give Bedbugs 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (9-6-11)