this novel feels both modern and yet surprisingly retro at the same time. Bedbugs is a very enjoyable helping of old school psychological horror. It's a quick read (250-ish pages) and so much better than you may think from casual appraisal. It's a book that is as much about relationships and trust as it is about bloodsucking bugs. But do beware when reading this, you may find yourself scratching every now and then... --Kamvision, Sept, 2011
I was reminded of the best episodes of The Twilight Zone. Susan s escalating doubts over the state of her sanity, and everyone s initial indifference to her plight has a classic feel. I think it also helps that there is something marvelously creepy about insects. As the novel heads towards its climax, there are enough unpleasant situations that will make the most stout of heart exclaim Ick or Arghhh out loud. Bedbugs is only around two hundred and fifty pages long and I think it is safe to say this falls into the quick read category. If you enjoy psychological horror that you can rattle through in a couple of easy sittings this would be a good choice ...The Eloquent Page, October, 2011...Ben H. Winters very slowly builds the tension until things really kick off at the end. I was reminded of Rosemary s baby crossed with a more standard thriller. I was surprised how much I liked it. The book is simply but well written. It is also fairly well-paced but I did feel that the ending, while satisfying, seemed as if too many things kicked off at once. It gets very intense very quick but I suppose that could be the point. This was a minor gripe though, as it was an exciting and surprising ending that I didn t see coming. The characters are well rounded although it was here I had my only real problem with Bedbugs. I found the main character Susan a bit too neurotic and paranoid from the start. Curiously, once she starts getting bitten and her paranoia is justified I found myself warming to her. So it isn t that much of a problem as my empathy was there by the time the final scenes started to escalate. Ben H. Winter s Bedbugs is enjoyable and well written. It s a quick read, with some genuinely chilling moments and tension ...Sci-fi Ward....Mr. Winters does a fantastic job of expounding on the public paranoia (especially in New York). The setting, especially the borough of Brooklyn, is rendered perfectly in the book, too, from the hipster coffee shops to the trendy, yuppie young families so populous in Brooklyn Heights...The Book Smugglers, October, 2011....Bedbugs is a gothic novel (among Winters previous work is the novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters ) convincingly moved to our time and our neighborhood. It has a refreshingly modern take and while I can t give away the outcome the story had me in its pincers start to finish...Brooklyn Bugle, Sept, 2011....The book is a lot of fun and a great fall read for when you re bundled under a pile of blankets that may or may not be full of creepy-crawlies. The uneven start leads to a pretty crackling finale; just stock up on calamine lotion before you start flipping pages. . --Den of Geek, October, 2011
About the Author
Ben H. Winters is the author of the New York Times bestseller SENSE AND SENSIBILITY AND SEA MONSTERS (Quirk 2009). More recently, he published the critically acclaimed YA novel THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN (HarperCollins, 2010). He spent ten years living in Brooklyn before a battle with bedbugs sent him scurrying off to Boston. Website: benhwinters.com Twitter: twitter.com/ben.h.winters Facebook: Ben Winters.