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Audrey's Door

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Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B's astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants . . . except for Audrey Lucas.

No stranger to tragedy at thirty-two—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother's hopeless dementia— Audrey is obsessively determined t...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 16th 2009)
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Tressa
Audrey's Door is a chilling read about cults and architecture reminiscent of Rosemary's Baby. Audrey Lucas runs from a painful childhood, a bi-polar mother, a demanding job, and a fiance, right into the welcoming arms of the Breviary, an old Manhattan apartment building with a questionable history of tenant suicides and murders. But the rent is cheap and the deal too good to pass up.

The incestuous, elderly, trust fund baby tenants of the Breviary need a door to the Other Side built, and through...more
Kasia S.
I absolutely adored this book, it was easy to read and it left me completely absorbed in the eerie, creepy Breviary building on the upper west side of Manhattan. In the novel, Audrey is a young architect who breaks up with her fiancée and moves into the strange building with low rent, perhaps the murder that took place there scared off everyone and the low price attracted it's next victim, Audrey was happy to live there at first, but then strange things started to happen. Voices and shadows, hor...more
11811 (Eleven)
I like this author and this was another good story but dear lord did it move slow. If the the first 75% were condensed into the first 25% this could have been five stars for me but those first 3/4 of the novel was one long boring romance that had very little impact on the story as a whole. The last 25% was awesome though - I can't let that go unsaid.
Becky
I'd never heard of Sarah Langan before, but this book drew my attention when I found it in the used bookstore. The cover was intriguing, and the description indicated that the book my share some similarities with Rosemary's Baby, which I loved. So I bought it, and then it sat on my shelf for over a year, waiting for me to get around to reading it. (As is the case with a lot of my random purchases.)

This is a story reminiscent of some of the classics - The Shining, Rosemary's Baby, Hell House, The...more
Doug
Well...I had to take a moment after reading this book to think about things. Whether I wanted to continue living in a world where this book can be published was the biggest question in my mind. The next was whether or not the smoke alarms in my building would go off if I did to this book what I really wanted to.

Audrey's Door is the third novel by Ms. Langan. Keep that in mind. She's a thrice published author, and that must mean that she knows how to write well enough. That being said, the only...more
Gregor Xane
I had to set this aside. I don't know that I'll come back to this one. The writing was good, but the main character's asides and interior voice got on my nerves.
Alan Conrad
Sep 23, 2009 Alan Conrad rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of haunted houses and the supernatural
“Casualties of Chaotic Naturalism”

“Audrey’s Door” is a modern haunted house story, with a measure of Stephen King’s “The Shining,” a sprig of Ira Levin’s “Rosemary's Baby,” and a dash of Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House.” Sarah Langan embodies her nightmarish psychological-and-occult horror theme in a mesmerizing plot, and as we read deeper into the tragic story of Audrey Lucas we can't help but share her vision…so much so that I often found myself lost between Audrey’s compulsion a...more
Amanda Lyons
OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS BOOK!

Overwhelmed by even the smallest and clearest of changes and life decisions Audrey came to New York to make a new life for herself. Her outlook colored by the darkness of her childhood and early adulthood she has trouble truly breaking free of the past that so haunts her and accepting the potential of a new and separate life with fiance Saraub. Looking for an escape route from her confusion and uncertainty she rents a dream apartment in The Breviary at a ridiculously...more
Erica M
Audrey Lucas is a girl with problems. Growing up she bounced from town to town with her crazy mother, drifting herself for awhile until she manages to pull her life together enough to get a degree in architecture and take back her life; as much as one can with a mentally ill mother and a healthy dose of OCD battle.

After breaking up with her boyfriend she needs to find a place to live and like mana from heaven The Breviary lands in her lap. It's cheap, it's big and it's the last of it's kind wit
...more
Shara
The premise: ganked from Amazon.com: Built on the Upper West Side, the elegant Breviary claims a regal history. But despite 14B's astonishingly low rental price, the recent tragedy within its walls has frightened away all potential tenants . . . except for Audrey Lucas.

No stranger to tragedy at thirty-two—a survivor of a fatherless childhood and a mother's hopeless dementia— Audrey is obsessively determined to make her own way in a city that often strangles the weak. But is it something otherwor...more
Angela
After Sarah Langan's most excellent novels The Keeper and The Missing, I was very much hoping to hit the proverbial third-time charm with her new horror novel, Audrey's Door. Survey says? She didn't hit it quite out of the park like she did with the first two; Audrey's Door has some issues, but it's still a good solid read.

Audrey Lucas is a woman with a whole hell of a lot of neuroses on her plate: she's escaped a destructive relationship with her psychotic mother and more or less established a...more
Tanya
*2.5 stars* I can't figure out what this book was meant to be. Horror? Character study? Psychological suspense? A book on architecture, mental illness and the environment? For this reason I found it difficult to get through. I found myself often checking to see how much more I had to go (never a good sign). The "scare factor" was more atmospheric throughout most of the book - until the last 20 pages or so. Audrey's own mental illness made for many passages that were just too "out there" for me....more
Charlene
4.5 Stars! A very creepy haunted house story, in the vein of The Haunting of Hill House. Loved it!
Maicie
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John
Lots of folk have recommended that I take a look at Langan's work, so -- although I can't really be described as a regular reader of horror -- I eventually decided to follow their advice. On the whole I'm glad I did so.

Audrey Lucas, suffering from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and decidedly frayed round her mental edges as consequence of her hellish childhood and young adulthood because of a seriously mad mother, is nonetheless a potentially brilliant architect. Arrived in NYC and regarded as a...more
Nancy O'Toole
After breaking up with her boyfriend, Audrey finds herself on the lookout for a new place to live, but it needs to be cheap. Then she finds The Breviary, a beautiful apartment that not only works for her wallet, but seduces the architect in her. To Audrey, her new apartment is almost too good to be true. Unfortunately, that's because it is. There is evil in this apartment that speaks to her in her dreams, begging her to build a door.

Audrey's Door is the October selection for calico_reaction's bo...more
Marvin
This is my second attempt at a novel by Sarah Langan. She is a good writer but tends to take a long time to say anything. Building background and atmosphere can be a good thing unless it takes over the plot. Audrey's Door is part haunted house story and part psychological thriller. It's the psychological thriller that falls flat. Essentially, without giving too much away, the plot hinges around a young architect that moves into a strange apartment building with strange residents. She begins to g...more
Nick Cato
Langan (author of the excellent, Stoker-winning novel, THE MISSING), pens a haunted house story in the vein of such classics as THE SHINING and THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. Unfortunately, this one is so similar to Jeffrey Konvitz' classic THE SENTINEL I had a hard time appreciating the fine writing and well-done suspense.

A trouble-infested woman named Audrey leaves her boyfriend and moves into The Breviary, an Upper West Side apartment building that she discovers has a dark history. She's so dete...more
Krystl Louwagie
This book got off to a bad start-the main character felt bitchy and closed minded, the writing felt... unpolitically correct? It felt submissively racist, in small parts. Near the beginning of the novel the author whines about how life has never been easy for her and she had to work at both university cafeterias just to afford her books-UH, YEAH most everyone has to have 2 jobs in college, and you're pretty lucky if they're university jobs. Later in the book, she's fairly justified in her whinin...more
Mark R.
Wow--no wonder Sarah Langan's won the Bram Stoker Award two years now, with only three books to her name. "Audrey's Door" is a fun, scary, and eerily haunting novel about a woman who moves into an old, oddly-styled apartment building, and ends up facing some of her own past demons as well as some very real supernatural demons that come with the house.

The woman at the center of the story arrives in New York after years of living with her psychotic mother, she herself overloaded with psychological...more
Tom Whalley
Horror is such an awkward thing to write. On the one hand, the genre exists to cause you to lose control of your body. Its purpose is to make you jump at a movie, scream at a sound, or even sit on the metro at 11am, hands shaking as you thumb page after page on your way to a job interview, terrified of what's happening on the next page. To create it is to just tap into the thing that keeps you awake at 3am. Horror is, along with comedy, one of the purest forms of emotional manipulation around. I...more
Christina
I don't read many thrillers or horror, even, but this one was pretty good. It was insidious, sneaky, & left you feeling powerless.

It had me pondering things, which surprised me by my responses.

Audrey & Saraub were both very likable characters, which made some of this journey hard to read. I'm glad I picked this up due to a fellow reader's recommendation.

The ending left me wanting, but I can't specify how. Still a compelling read.
Darin
Familial dysfunction, mental illness, dissolving relationships oh, and an incredibly creepy, old Manhattan apartment building featuring architecture that would feel right at home in the nightmares of, say, M.C. Escher. Langan skillfully builds suspense with an is she really experiencing this or is she crazy style.

Audrey of the title is a driven thirty-something single woman. Having grown up with a mother suffering from serious mental illness, she has never had the chance to blossom into her own...more
Daniel
There are many parts at work in this story, and these parts do not always fit well together; still, when Langan hits her stride, she sings with her prose and lulls you into the skin of people who sit amongst humanity with the same kind of desultory fit. Could be that Langan had her finger so close to the pulse of her desired effect, her own narrative waxed and waned outside of neat structures and clear lines of sight. Hell, one of the main characters of the story is a building that was built at...more
Corinna Bechko
Really wish half-stars were possible so I could give this 3.5.

Having read Langan's other two books I found the change of scenery from rural to the heart of NYC to be a nice change of pace. The set up is great, a creepy, decrepit, but once grand building in Manhattan that will thrill and frighten anyone who has ever lived in the city and wondered about all the lives that have passed through the spaces they now occupy. That said, there was something off about the pacing from the start. Audrey, th...more
Lyddie
This writer is in a category all her own... Highly entertaining and frightening.

I began this book last year and stopped two thirds of the way through. I couldn’t help it. I was truly scared for Audrey, who was a genuinely broken, tired woman. After reading Langan’s previous novel, The Keeper, which was brilliantly written but incredibly dark, I was beginning to worry that this poor girl would never have a moment of peace or happiness. Langan’s characters are so authentically pathetic and truly s...more
Sherry
Audrey's Door, a little too scary for me, but still a good read.

An architect moves into an apartment building on the Upper Westside to find that because of it's architecture, "chaotic naturalism", it's haunted by evil spirits. Audrey Lucas has just broken up with her fiance, her mother is in an insane asylum and she's already a little screwed up when she moved into "The Breviary". Audrey's Door has all the super scary themes, from ghost children, to a scary man staring at her while she sleeps,...more
Andre Farant
Audrey Lucas has found the perfect New York apartment and, best of all, it can be had for a very un-New York price. This is especially good since she is currently living out of a hotel after having left her boyfriend. Of course, there is the possibility that unit 14B, the rent, and the building itself, known as the Breviary, are all too good to be true. For instance, the apartment could still be haunted by the ghosts of the five previous tenants—you know, the ones who died violent deaths.

Sarah L...more
Ian
A typical haunted house story with creepy neighbours in a multi-story block.
Langdon's list of influences warns us that there will not be much original in the pages, but then again when is a tale truly original. What keeps a reader enthralled is the way it is writtten, hopefully keeping us on the edge of our chairs wanting to keep turning the pages.
Audrey's Door kept me looking for more, but some of the characters seemed to suddenly lose strength at points where they needed to be on top of their...more
Becca
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Sarah grew up on Long Island and went to college in Waterville, Maine, where she published her first story, "Sick People." She got her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

In addition to writing novels, she is also pursuing her Master's in Environmental Health Science/Toxicology at New York University.

Bram Stoker award winner for outstanding...more
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