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3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  2,170 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Bram Stoker award-winner Bentley Little cordially invites you to "The Resort."
Welcome to The Reata, an exclusive spa isolated in the Arizona desert. Please ignore the strange employees and that unspeakable thing in the pool. And when guests start disappearing, pretend it isn't happening. Enjoy your stay, and relax. Oh...and lock yourself in after dark.
Published September 7th 2004 by Penguin Group US
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Oct 05, 2015 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This author is the master of starting slowly and building to a crescendo. Knowing this going into the book helps the suspense build as little, bizarre things continue to plague this vacationing family.
It begins with people at this isolated, desert resort acting a bit weird and, of course, creepy. Everything seems just a bit off and becomes increasingly so as the story progresses which made it increasingly difficult for me to put down.
There were times near the middle where I felt like it was digr
Angel Gelique
Feb 07, 2014 Angel Gelique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 stars...

Welcome to the Reata, an exclusive resort located within the desert of Arizona. The Thurman family are taking advantage of the incredible off-season rates. For five nights, they'll be in for an unforgettable stay.

The Reata boasts the best accommodations...
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Unbelievable facial massages...
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A most...charming...owner...
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They won't have a care in the world...
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The Thurmans plan to have an incredible time. And no doubt, they do. But it is unlike anything they've ever expected. They experi
Nov 14, 2007 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007december
Nearly 48 hours after finishing it, I'm still not quite sure how I feel about this book.

Disturbed? Check.

A tad sickened? In there.

Smidge confused? Yup.

As for what else is in the mix, I still can't quite say. The basic idea was fun -- haunted desert resort tailors boogeymen to individual guests, pits them against one another. The Shining comparisons are obvious, but the differences plain enough that once you're past the setting, The Resort becomes its own book.

I'm just not sure that I liked what
Alistair Cross
Nov 04, 2012 Alistair Cross rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bentley Little's strange (but impressive) imagination is unparalleled in its ability to find, and precisely deliver, terror in the most complacent and comfortable places, and 'The Resort' is a great example of that. Bentley Little is one of the few writers who can give me nightmares, and this book in particular emblazoned some very creepy-cool and eerily bizarre images onto my mind that, years later, are still as terribly vivid as the day I read about them.

Bentley Little, (and 'The Resort' in pa
Phil Wolf
Dec 08, 2011 Phil Wolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty close to finishing this book. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I was afraid that Little would be one of those authors who write in non-linear weird-to-the-point-of-being-psychodelic authors but nothing could be farther from the truth based on this book. There is enough mystery about the supernatural to keep you interested and guessing. If there is an answer to the riddle, this is one kind of book where it is divulged in the very end. I have begun to wonder which Little book ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Doug rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the second book by Little I've read, the first being The Store (which I reviewed on my blog a little bit back, and it might be my last, depending on whether or not I try The Mailman. It's not that I dislike Little's writing—I have a fair degree of appreciation with his surreal gore-n-sex tableaus simultaneously parodying every-American-man's fear of society's trappings and also justifying said fears—but simply that his style and presentation continuously makes me wish for a shorter, more ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Edward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
If you like your horror weird and terrifying then you can't go wrong with Little. But if you like well crafted sentences without lots of exposition and adverbs you can do a lot better. The Resort is a haunted hotel tale if you will. One that had a lot of filler in my opinion. I get that the author was just trying to show all the weird things happening but it got to be an annoyance after a while. I just wanted the story to move forward and not see yet another strange sight and the character sudde ...more
May 16, 2011 Teipu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011, hardcover
I'm not really sure what to think of this book.
It was your typical Bentley Little book, idyllic scenario turned nightmare.
I liked the first 250 pages of the book, sometimes it even creeped me out and that doesn't happen a lot, but the last 60 were really hard to read through. I have that problem with a lot of Little books, I just think that most of his story solutions are far-fetched.
The last part of the book mostly consisted of the main characters running around, searching for someone instead
Apr 09, 2014 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Littles best book so far ! ...more
Сибин Майналовски
Когато започнах да я чета, си казах: "Това е "Сиянието" на Кинг, само че на стероиди". Сега, като я свърших, ми се иска да добавя "и на LSD".
Mar 15, 2011 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Continuing reading Bentley Little and now knowing what to expect, Resort was pretty much exactly what I expected. It followed the formula of taking an ordinary thing (in this case vacation at a fancy resort) and slowly turning it into a terrifying nightmare, one creepy thing at a time. I thought the story was a tad drawn out, but it was a very quick read, so that sort of cancelled each other out. The horror aspects of the book I can take or leave, it did go over the top more than occasionally, w ...more
Barbara ★
Mar 10, 2009 Barbara ★ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, read-2009
This is the one and only Bentley Little book I will ever read. What crap and a waste of money!

I found this book to be a disturbing parody of a horror novel. For inexplicable reasons, the characters all seemed to have Tourette's Syndrome. Out of the blue just blurting out weird sexual idioms and irrelevant comments. The story was very choppily written - just jumping all over the place with no real purpose to this style of writing. I did like the main characters (a family of 5) who where inexplica
Sep 27, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five big old stars for weirdness, for creating characters that I gave a shit about, for keeping me guessing, for making me chuckle, and for creating an environment that I could immerse myself in. I had so much fun reading this one. For most of the book, you get to sit back and watch normal people get thrown into the WEIRDEST situations, some of which are so strange that you have to laugh. There are also some epic battles towards the end that make Braveheart seem like a jerk-off waste of time. I' ...more
The Basics

The Thurmans decide to take a vacation, and what better place to spend it than a five star resort? The Reata has fantastic reviews, lots of activities, and reasonable rates in the off season. Then the inconveniences and the disturbances start to pile up, until it’s clear the Reata has a mind of its own.

My Thoughts

Sometimes you read a book because you want a good, gory time. I picked this out as part of my October reads because I had a feeling Little wouldn’t let me down on that score.
Feb 27, 2009 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-other
The Resort is a creepy tale of a haunted resort located in the desert of Arizona. Lowell Thurman and his family are booked to stay at The Reata for a restful five day retreat. This posh resort is supposed to offer the best accomodations money can buy and a discounted rate during the off-season makes the vacation seem like a dream come true. Unfortunately, something is wrong with The Reata. Lowell, his wife Rachael and their 3 sons begin to experience strange occurences and they are all feeling a ...more
Alan Overholser
Nov 02, 2011 Alan Overholser rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This horror novel was pretty flat. It was never particularly spooky, although it approached spooky at times. I have only read two of Bentley Little's books now, but I see a pattern. People find themselves in settings--whether it be a school, a resort, etc--where people are acting very strangely and it's clear that something sinister is at work. And it usually ends up being some supernatural force trying to kill everyone, but one of the main characters finds a way to expose and defeat the evil gh ...more
Mar 21, 2009 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, group-reads, horror
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Vince Liaguno
The Resort is one of those books only a writer with a loyal following like Little can get away with. Little, who is to the Southwest what Stephen King is to Maine, again sets his titular terror deep in the Arizona desert and again uses a working class family as the protagonists of this 2004 tome. Lowell Thurman and his wife Rachel are set to enjoy a well-deserved vacation with their family – teenage twins Curtis and Owen and thirteen-year-old Ryan – at an exclusive desert resort called The Reata ...more
Jun 13, 2008 Cher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Bentley Little's novels are so hilariously idiotic, my best friend and I read them aloud to one another for chuckles. Absolutely nothing scary about them, except perhaps the redundancy and ineffectiveness of his prose.

His characters are always uber-terrified of rather mundane things, yet underreact to serious horrors. There is never a single likeable character to relate with. 3 pages are devoted to one guy's spider phobia & the spider in his hotel room doesn't actually ever do anything but a
May 29, 2007 shay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: tourists (nahhh)
Shelves: horror
Here is some genuinely creepy stuff. It's eerie, disturbing, and most importantly, convincing - the kind of book that you still worry about once you've put it down. My only complaint is that the ending came out of nowhere. It was a really, really, convenient plot twist and not the climactic end that I was expecting...It felt rushed, which was disappointing because the rest of the story felt so refined in it's oddness. But I'd still recommend Bentley Little because everything else was just so dar ...more
Jeremy Hurd-McKenney
Little's forte is taking everyday topics and issues and subtly turning them in stages from mundane to strange to absurd to profane, all without the reader really noticing the tone shifts until after they've happened. I thought this was one of his better ones--not great characters, by any stretch, but instantly entertaining and quick to start the spooky stuff. When it started to get really twisted, I actually found myself chuckling heartily on several occasions, but that's totally normal, right?
May 11, 2016 Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Utter trash beach read...and I expected utter trash, so the one star is not for that. Rather, the one star represents that it's not trashy enough. Trash light, if you will, and I wanted full-on "Dynasty"-level hijinx and really scary horror. The reader doesn't get any of that here, but rather gets crass descriptions of breast size, panty stealing, and women begging for sex. I don't mind gratuitous as long as it isn't man pig gratuitous.
The ending is a little confusing, lots of things are never explained, but still, this is a very fun, escapist horror novel. Not for everyone, but if you like your genre reading to be on the bizarre side, you just might like it. I've read three books by Little, and he is a master of the slow build, with seemingly normal situations getting more bizarre by the page. Some shocking scenes and wacked out ideas. I liked it.
Sergey Lenkevich
Mr. Little's way of writing books is as follows:
Take ordinary things, like resorts, universities, mailmen.
Add some strange and disturbing details one by one, gradually: strange, very strange, WTF strange, etc.
Turn these ordinary things into an incredible nightmare.
This is a good method for 1 or 2 novels, but Little uses it way too often and almost without any changes, so after several books it gets pretty boring and is not at all impressive anymore
This was not a good story. It sounded good in theory-a family going to an exclusive remote resort which turns out to be the last place you want to visit. But the plot was very poor.

Basically, this book features kids sitting at the poolside to drool at half naked women, pervert employees and weird guests. It was all sexual references and no real story in between. I found it dull, boring and poor.
Oct 01, 2008 Merredith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
this was every horror movie you've seen, only written down. i think that made it scarier... there's a family who decides to take a vacation in the middle of the arizona desert, in nowhere of course. the resort turns out to be evil and the usual debauchery ensues... this is fun to read late at night, but i didn't like the ending.
Kurt Reichenbaugh
In the first half of the 90's I worked at a resort in Scottsdale. Two of those years were night shift in the security department. Anyone who has worked in the hotel industry can vouch for some of the crazy shit that happens at one. My expectations were probably too high for this novel. I liked it, but it seemed to hedge a little.
Oct 11, 2010 Greg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Well, the one thing I have to say about this book is a bit of a spoiler, so...
Jan 22, 2015 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very disturbing and strange but overall an interesting read.
Feb 15, 2017 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror
Shelves: own, 4-stars
Spooky mind chilling horror at an isolated Arizona resort.
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Bentley Little is an American author of numerous horror novels. He was discovered by Dean Koontz.

Little was born one month after his mother attended the world premiere of Psycho. He published his first novel, The Revelation, with St. Martin's Press in 1990. After reading it, Stephen King became a vocal fan of Little's work, and Little won the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 1990. He mo
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