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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,084 ratings  ·  428 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 brokers 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, its too good to pass up.

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
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
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
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. :)
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
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
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!
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 ...more
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 was ...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 dont 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) wasnt 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 a
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
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 ...more
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
Bad writing, bad dialogue, 75% annoying. Ending was ok.
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ever since I read Winter's wonderful "The Last Policeman" trilogy, I told myself that I've got to read everything else by this guy.
This one is a slow burn horror tale that pays off in a very satisfying way.
I would suggest not reading this book if you have bed bug problems. You might never go to sleep again.
Amy Curtiss
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super cringy and icky, perfect October read! Nice little microcosm of horror in a New York apartment, some predictable plotting, but mostly a super creepy fun read.
Cindy M Berg
if you want to itch and scratch and be grossed out, read this book.... it was OK, and I had it free on audible, so I listened to it while I did some deep cleaning (kind of ironic...)
Sahina Bibi
Aug 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Quirk books firstly for sending me this book (: another awesome read, this time, I couldnt help shivering at the creepiness this book emanated. So a word of warning should you read this book Do. Not. Read. It. At. Night. No seriously, the saying sleep tight, dont let the bedbugs bite? too true in this case.

Analysis of plot:
We start the story off with our main character Susan and Alex who move for various reasons and come upon a cheap apartment for rent, and they snap it up as Susan
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bedbugs is a horror novel narrated by an insomniac, unemployed mother who has anxiety problems.
Told through Susan Wendts impressions, the reader is never sure what is truth and what is imagined by this woman who is so influenced by media and her own insecurities. The novel blurs the line between reality and imagination at every turn it is not until the very last chapter that the reader learns the true story and knows who to believe.

The story begins with Susan Wendt searching for the perfect
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sleep Tight.

Susan and Alex Wendt are the prefect couple in search of the perfect brownstone and they find their dream house in the heart of Brooklyn Heights. Sure, the landlady is eccentric, and the handyman drops cryptic remarks about the previous tenants. But the rent is so low; its too good to pass up.

Big mistake: Susan soon discovers the brownstone is crawling with bedbugs or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An
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 doesnt know if she and her husband will be able to afford it since shes 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
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Reading this book gave me the creeps. I felt like bedbugs were crawling all over me - YUCK!! So, it really was the perfect way to kick off Carl's, R.I.P. VI Challenge. There was a bit of the supernatural mixed in with some crazy people and tons of creepy crawly blood suckers swarming about to make you itch and gasp in surprise.

Bedbugs tells the story of the Wendts - Susan (wife), Alex (husband), and Emma (daughter) - a small family looking for a dream home in a better neighborhood. Susan wants
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
"Jesus H Christ," you're saying. "Get off the Ben H. Winters kick, for the love of all that's holy and good. It's like you're feckin' stalking him, for crying out loud."
Look. Let's just everybody calm down, okay?
What *happened* was I was in the library. I was nearly done with The Last Policeman. I searched the library database (no card catalog, what are we, barbarians?). They had Countdown City! Woohoo! Upstairs, in fiction!
So up I went. W - W - W - W, Winters, here we go... The Last
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you are the type of person who sometimes imagines spiders crawling up your arms, or who reads webmd and becomes convinced that you have blastomycosis, this subtle piece of horror will be keeping you up nights. The thing is, we're all that type of person, aren't we?

Winters' novel starts out with a happy(ish) young family ready to move to a bigger place. New Yorkers might think that's basis enough for a horror novel! Winters does a lovely job of creating characters who are likable and
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