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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,244 ratings  ·  455 reviews
FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.

Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Quirk Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it
OH GOD, A REVIEW FROM A SIMPLER PAST! having now lived through a bedbug invasion, i can tell you, there is no greater horror in this world or the next.

every book starts out as a four-star book for me. i am hopeful, but realistic. and then as i read, the book will either gain a star, or lose one (or more). this one maintained its four-star rating until the very end, when an epilogue i thought was a wishy-washy letdown ruined it for everyone .too brief, too neat, too facile, and it made every flaw
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this a year or two ago, and just realized I never rated/reviewed it. I thought the psychological aspect of it was really strong. Even though much was predictable to the seasoned reader, there were a couple (one in particular) revelations that really got to me. The fact that I can still remember virtually the entire novel a year or two later is a pretty good sign for me. :)
Adrienne Strock
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
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I love, love, love, the slow, subtle creep of this one. Bugs of any sort represent the ultimate squick factor for me, and an entire story dedicated to a bedbug infestation was almost more than I could stand. I'm still scratching and feeling paranoid. I definitely won't be looking too closely at my pillowcases tonight for fear of actually seeing something I just don't need to see: ignorance is bliss on this account. The less I know the better.

In its setup and slow build, the book reminded me a l
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Vastly disappointing in comparison to Winters's excellent Last Policemen trilogy but, frankly, even without the impact of that comparison, pretty bad. Only Winters's writing keeps it above a single star rating. It's really pretty dumb.

SPOILERS BELOW (can't hide b/c on phone) SPOILERS BELOW

I guess the ONLY way this makes sense at all is that the bedbugs were indeed badbugs, because otherwise how did the exterminator fail to find any signs of them initially? Absolutely no idea how to explain the
Sep 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, horror
I can take characters I don't like. I can take stupid but likable. But stupid and unlikable doesn't work for me.

Sheena at Hot Eats and Cool Reads
I have a huge bedbug paranoia, no joke. So glad this book didn't give me the major creepy crawlies like I thought it would.

I won a copy of this book through First Reads from the publisher, Quirk Publishing. Finding out they also published one of my favorite books Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, I was very excited to read this one.

This book was a fairly quick read for me and I enjoyed it, but I felt it needed more action and more of a climax. The ending was definitely different and
Penny Watson
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Winters did a good job slowly building up the madness. I liked the gradual pace, the moments of confusion and self-doubt.

The end was a big surprise for me. Did not see that coming.

I'm def. interested in reading more by this author.

4/4.5 stars
Sean McGovern
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
There's a great episode of CBS Radio Mystery Theater (circa 1970) called "The Real Printer's Devil" - where a married couple (plus one child) rent a "too good to be true" apartment turns out to be just that, with one of those dark endings that doesn't feel tacked on, and leaves you feeling equally sad and invigorated.

Now I told you that to tell you this: Internet Bookstore 002 suggested Ben H. Winter's "Bedbug" to be based on a review I wrote of Joe Hill's "Heart Shaped Box" - and when I read th
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read. Especially if you are a fan of those books where a couple moves into a too good to be true home where the husband works and the wife stays home and unpacks and takes care of the kids and discovers strange happenings type books. Which I tend to love. But there is something for everyone in this novel especially readers who enjoy a well written thriller with a hint of horror.

The Wendts, Alex and Susan, find the perfect brownstone in Brooklyn from a Craigslist ad. It's owned b
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rosemary's Baby meets Amityville Horror with parasites sprinkled on top. Woah. ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rather disappointing tale from Winters about a young couple and daughter who move into a new apartment that may or may not have a bedbug problem. The two main characters, Susan and Alex, are annoying, self-absorbed millennials and I really didn't care what happened to either of them as the story progressed. The plot moved from somewhat interesting in the first half to eye-rolling silliness in the second half, with an ending that was just plain dumb. Had its moments but just ended up falling apar ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror-fiction

A skin-crawling horror for any reader.

Puns are great.

I’ll be honest, this isn’t a book that I sought out. The one that I had originally wanted had been checked out at the local library, and so I wandered the last shelves, looking for that beloved screaming sticker on the spine of a book that would announce it as a horror, and low and behold, I found this one that I was pretty positive I hadn’t read before. I didn’t skim the back, I didn’t look it up, I just placed it on my pile and headed
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Carol by: review
Shelves: fiction
Not for the squeamish or anyone with paranoia regarding bedbugs; this creepy, crawly, quick read is is just the ticket for the week leading up to Halloween. Don't know how well I'll sleep tonight. Itchy! ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This wasn't the book I hoped it would be, which isn't really the book's fault. Basically it starts out with a privileged New York family whining about things, and ends with the same privileged New York family whining about different things without having apparently learned anything. ...more
May 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2011_publish, bea
Susan is dying to move into a bigger place in Brooklyn, but doesn’t know if she and her husband will be able to afford it since she’s recently quit her lawyer job to take up painting. Then, the perfect apartment becomes available, and with such a low price, they move in immediately. Everything seems wonderful, except for the room Susan has chosen to be her studio. As her concerns with the apartment grow, so does the strain on their relationship and domestic situation. And Susan is also waking up ...more
Aug 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Normally I love to read horror books once the weather starts to get a little chillier. There is something about having that nip in the air and the shorter days that makes me want to curl up on the couch, with as little light as possible, and delve into something that will scare the hell out of me. Sadly, due to time constraints, I had to read this one when it was over 100 degrees outside and not getting dark until after nine o'clock. For once, that didn't bother me, I was still able to forget ab ...more
Jordan Anderson
I don't know why it happens but it seems that books I've never heard of, know nothing about, and therefore have zero interest or intention of reading, always turn out to be one of the surprise best books of the year. Bedbugs was one of those.

Like I just said, I had never heard of Bedbugs or even it's author, Ben H. Winters. And I would have never had the fortune of reading it if it hadn't come up under one of those ubiquitous "best horror novels" lists that seem to pop up everywhere online. I di
Aug 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Bedbugs is a thoroughly creepy read. It's not horrific in the way we commonly think of the horror genre. Bedbugs gets into your psyche, instilling a paranoia that will have you scratching incessantly while convinced you just saw a bug out of the corner of your eye.

I loved the family in Bedbugs and would have enjoyed their characters in any story. I particularly "got" Susan, a woman who has recently quit her job to pursue her dream of being an artist. She and her husband have a daughter, with a n
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bedbugs is about when the Wendt family rents an apartment at an very low price in a neighborhood in Brooklyn. The family rent it from an old widow named Andrea Scharfstein, who lives just below on the ground floor. Susan, Alex and their young daughter, Emma, are the perfect family to move in as soon as possible. Basically when Susan first sees it, she falls in love with the apartment. Susan wants to try and “revive” her passion for painting that she had to put aside whenever her daughter Emma w ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well, I know for a fact I will not be able to sleep with my pillow for at least a week! Shoot, I don’t even know if I can sleep in my bed tonight! The bedbugs might get me! And, let me just say right now, I have never been more thankful in my life to not have a landlord.

Bedbugs has a slow build through the first half. I was starting to wonder if the mother (Susan) wasn’t just going crazy. To me she had a pretty easy life: she sort-of worked from home, she has one three year old daughter, she has
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm scratching all over.

Brilliant cover. The author's name is teeny tiny, the title is understated and the focus is the bright white of the pillow and sheets.
I really liked that there were no endorsements from other authors on either the front or the back of the book. Just a short blurb on the back to describe what the book is about, and a couple of sentences about Ben H. Winters. It made Bedbugs all the more mysterious. I am very wary of books that come out with tons and tons of praise from all
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am terrified of bedbugs and I loved this book. I can absolutely understand being driven to insanity by the nasty little suckers. After making it out of childhood unscathed despite my long, thick hair I was shocked to discover that I had lice a few years ago in my thirties thanks to my boys Contracting them from a neighbor. Apparently the lice treatments do not work as well as they once did but my boys were easily cured with very short haircuts. My long hair got progre
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! And that does not even describe how much I enjoyed this book. This book sucked me in (no pun intended) right away. There were so many terrific elements in this story, the setting, the characters but most of all the story. Living in NY I was able to easily relate to all the locations that the author described. I could picture where the characters were and that made it all the more fun for me. The characters were truly wonderful. The story is told from the perspective of Susan which to me was ...more
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
Freaky! It has been quite a while since I have read a good book of this genre. The 3 authors I devoured for years started going a bit funky so I was so excited to read someone and something new.

I really liked how the author used a current problem and put a twist on it. He kept you wondering about the reason this was going on right til the end. The climax of Bedbugs was action packed and pretty freaky. Loved the ending!

I felt the characters were well developed and I liked them. The NYC aspect was
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
Working in the city has made me terrified that I would get bedbugs. One time I even thought I had them like the protagonist in this book. But turns out it was just me picking my pimples because of anxiety. That sounds gross but I would take that over having bedbugs. Its interesting how the author took something the fear of something so small and elevated that fear into something huge. Thats what happens a lot with the fear of acquiring bedbugs. We all fear them because getting rid of them is inc ...more
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it
The buildup was fantastic but the end was a little bit of a letdown. Either way, I still enjoyed the creepy crawly read.
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Bad writing, bad dialogue, 75% annoying. Ending was ok.
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
A wholly unsympathetic protagonist ruins this book. At the end I was rather sorry she survived.
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