Author: Adam Vine
Narrator: Kevin Meyer
Length: 9h 46m
Publisher: Lilydog Books⎮2017
Release date: Jan. 16, 2017
Some secrets should stay buried….
College student Drew Brady never wanted the power to spy on his friends. But late one night, he finds a box of old Polaroids buried under his house that can change to show him whatever he desires, and Drew finds himself with the power to watch the people around him without them ever knowing.
Yet as Drew falls deeper into the rabbit hole of jealousy and despair, he begins having strange visions of the students who lived at the house 20 years ago and the gruesome fates they met after moving out. He finds evidence of a stalker who may be living on the property. The line between reality and nightmare blurs. Drew realizes there is something under the house that is manipulating him through the pictures, an eldritch, not-quite-dead thing that will drive him to do unspeakable evil if he doesn’t look away….
A blistering horror story, Lurk is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.
About the Author
Adam Vine was born in Petaluma, California. By day, he is a game writer and designer. He has lived in four different countries and visited almost thirty. His short fiction has appeared in various horror, science fiction, and literary fiction magazines and anthologies. When he is not writing, he is traveling, reading something icky, or teaching himself to play his mandolin. He currently lives in Germany.
About the Narratorx
A devoted Midwesterner, raised in rural Wisconsin and transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma over three decades ago. A career-long voice-over and music radio guy, my iPhone playlist ranges from Alice Cooper and Waylon Jennings to Twenty One Pilots and The Zac Brown Band. Favorite reads are dominated by political biographies (Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy)…and Stephen King. And now Adam Vine…’cause day-um that Drew Brady is one twisted mother!
I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
Drew Brady lives in a typical college party house with other students. Drew is overweight and has low self-esteem because of his weight and his inability to attract girls like his friends do. He also has a history of depression probably for the same reasons. Of course, no one realizes this because he always presents himself as Mr. Nice Guy. In reality, he’s not even close to a nice guy. He is a complex and troubled person. The other characters in Lurk aren’t as well developed as Drew’s character and are typical college kids trying new things and “finding themselves.”
After Drew and his friend Bea find a box of polaroids under the house, strange things start to happen to Drew. It becomes more and more difficult for him to know what the difference is between fantasy and reality. It was also difficult for me, as the reader, to know the difference at times. How much is in his mind and how much is real?
As I listened to Lurk, there were times when my mind started to wander when it got slow or wordy. The narrator, Kevin Meyer, did a good job at telling the story and had good rhythm and timing. For the most part, he didn’t try to distinguish between the different voices which was fine. Once in a while, he changed his voice a little though, especially with the landlord’s voice, but since others weren’t changed it seemed unnecessary.
There are some interesting twists in Lurk and even though it did get slow here and there, anyone who likes horror or the supernatural should like this book.
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