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…
I read a lot of books…a LOT. There have been many that I have greatly enjoyed and I’m sure there will continue to be wonderful stories come my way. However, it had been quite a while since there was one that TRULY grabbed me and made me think, made me wonder, made me truly in awe of what I was reading. I’m not saying I had some great spiritual awakening while reading 14, but I have continued to think about this book days after I closed its cover.
Herein lies the difficulty, how do I review a book where every little nuance could potentially give away something huge? Any potential reader really wants to go in blind to this book in order to get the full effect. Attempting to avoid spoilers with 14 yet still talk about it is damn near impossible.
The characters are well rounded, believable and most of them are people I would love to have as my neighbors. As they are using their keen powers of detection to uncover the various mysteries hidden within the Kavach building, the group refers to themselves several times as Velma, Shaggy, Daphne etc. They are the Scooby Gang and quite honestly, for the most part, they fit the bill. The setting is primarily the Kavach building itself with the occasional journey to Nate’s office or some other mundane locations. *yawns over dramatically to make a point* I would even go as far as to say that the building itself is an entity with a number of wondrous secrets to be discovered and explored, as well as, keep hidden.
I know this review is rather vague and I apologize, but once you pick up 14 by Peter Clines, you WILL understand why it had to be this way. The characters in the story are completely engaging. The storytelling is spot on and extremely well researched. In regards to the mysteries behind the apartment building, I was kept guessing around every turn and around each of those turns I was shocked, amazed and in awe of what was going on.
Seriously! BUY THIS BOOK! If you have to don’t buy any coffee for 2 days and get 14 in your hands NOW…and that statement is coming from a coffee drinker.
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Espresso rating: QUAD