BOOK REVIEW: 14 by Peter Clines

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Another story about a strange and creepy apartment I hear you say! But is 14 like all the others, or something a bit different?

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…

Nate moves into a new apartment. At first he thinks he has struck gold as the rent is so cheap, however as Nate gets to meet his neighbours and see how different each apartment is, he soon starts to realise that there may be a reason the rent is so low – the building is not all it seems.

When I started this book I first thought it would be yet another book about a creepy and haunted apartment block, however I couldn’t have been more wrong. The plot slowly (but not too slowly) builds, finding out new and strange things about the building and each apartment as Nate does. When the major reveal occurs I was nicely surprised and didn’t see it coming – it was original and very cool. The characters are all well rounded and described, and I felt caught up in their investigations.

This was a great story and I really enjoyed it. Also by re-reading it again I’m sure you will pick up on little bits of plot originally missed.

Brilliant and intelligent story – read it now.

AUTHOR: Peter Clines
PUBLISHER: Permuted Press
eBOOK: 372 pages
RRP: £4.99
ISBN: 1618680528

Rating: 4/5
Reporter: Darkphoenix1701

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