11 January 2013

Audiobook Friday #10: Review - 14 by Peter Clines

14 by Peter Clines

Published: 5 June 2012 by Permuted Press

Pages: 306 (Kindle)

Genre/s: Horror

Source: Own library

Audio Version:
Published: 9 June 2012 by Audible Frontiers
Narrated By: Ray Porter
Length: 12 hours, 38 minutes


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..

My Thoughts

I found 14 on a random browse through Audible, but the author's name name was instantly familiar to me as the author of Ex-Heroes.  I hadn't heard anything about 14 before I started listening, so I went in completely blind - I didn't even read the synopsis.

Nate is an average guy, with an average job - something that is becoming more and more prevalent in horror novels and it's a damn good thing.  There's nothing worse than the main character turning out to be either a) ex-Army/Navy/Black-Ops; or b) completely untrained in combat but puts Macgyver to shame, and I quite liked him as a character.  Although there's nothing special about him to make him memorable, I liked his tenacity and the fact that things didn't just fall into place for him.  There's a whole cast of characters in the apartment building, but Veek with her sarcastic, sharp wit was definitely one of my favourites.  The only one that didn't really work for me was Xela - I could see where Clines was trying to go with her, but just didn't quite hit the mark for me.

As for the actual plot itself, I really didn't see it coming - I thought this would be a standard haunted house, ghosty kinda story, but it was far more complex and intricate than that, and the last part of the book gave me serious heeby-jeebies.  

I really enjoyed 14 as a horror novel with a touch of other elements, with interesting characters and a mystery thrown in for good measure.  There were a couple of plot lines, especially regarding the history of some of the characters, that didn't feel completely tied up, but also fit in with the mystery element of the book.

The audio version is quite good, I enjoyed the narration and it fit well with the feel of the book, right down to giving me literal goosebumps at the climax.


  1. Oooh heebie jeebies! It takes a lot to give you the heebie jeebies so I am instantly curious about this one! I love a good mystery and I don't think I have read a haunted house type book before, though I love movies in the sub-genre. Great review, Kat! Happy Friday!

    1. It was a lot of fun to listen to, and had lots of surprising twists too. I LOVE haunted house movies!

  2. AAAAHHHH! This sounds so good, I got goose bumps when you said the last part gave you the heebie-jeebies..eep! I love when that happens. Awesome review Kat :)

  3. Ahhh, I love Permeuted Press! The synopsis vaguely reminds me of the show '666 Park Avenue,' in that there is something not quite right about the building and/or residents living there. And I'd have to agree with you, that I love the Everyman of sorts in horror books/films. It makes things much scarier when you feel like it could happen to you. I'm so excited about this, I think I'll download it when I get home. I'm happy to hear that the narration lives up to the creepiness of the story!



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