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3.28  ·  Rating details ·  2,491 ratings  ·  586 reviews
“Original and imaginative . . . Ripping suspense, sheer terror, and a wrenching love story.” —Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Friction

The terrible truth about Manderley is that someone is always watching. Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It’s about to open its doors, and the world--at least those with the m
Hardcover, 229 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Algonquin Books (first published June 6th 2016)
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Lucas The use of the split screen/page is annoyingly inconsistent. Sometimes the author depicts simultaneous events using the split page, sometimes she just…moreThe use of the split screen/page is annoyingly inconsistent. Sometimes the author depicts simultaneous events using the split page, sometimes she just jumps to another scene in her next sentence, and sometimes she uses parentheses. There's no rhyme or reason as to which device she uses, which makes the whole thing seem arbitrary and contrived instead of clever. It was a good idea, but I think the execution is lacking.(less)

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Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
"That's not food. It's meat, but it's not."

this book is not going to win the pulitzer, but if ponies ever become wishes and they start giving out literary awards in the category of "fun, funny slasher novels," this book will have a very good chance at winning one. it's a very simple premise centering around the manderley - an ultra-luxe hotel with an ominous name, complete with a mandatory horror-hotel hedge maze, secret passages, an excruciatingly slow glass elevator, and asking-for-it white ca
Mar 26, 2016 added it
Shelves: fiction
With sincere thanks to Netgalley and Algonquin Books, I offer my thoughts on Security by Gina Wohlsdorf, due to be published June 7, 2016.

Now that was different! Just when you think there’s nothing new an author can do to shock or astonish along comes a book like Security. Gina Wohlsdorf has been compared to so many horrors’ twisty writers but I’ve got a new one to add. I’d call Security the book Agatha Christie gone mad might have written instead of And Then There Were None. It’s got all the el
Apr 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: english
Your time is valuable. You don't need to read this.
Heena Rathore P.
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heena by: Kim
"The best security is invisible security."

First off, I'd like to thank Kim, one of the best book reviewers ever and a dear friend, who personally recommended this book to me. Thanks a bunch, Kim, you've introduced me to some pretty awesome books, but this one takes the cake.
Read Kim's review of Security here .

"The most thorough safety is safety one's object of protection doesn't know about."

Coming back to the review: This is an INSANELY AMAZING book!!!

I loved Security for more than a doz
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Tessa take her job as the hotel manager at the new Manderley Resort in Santa Barbara very seriously. She has her staff working on all the last minute details before the opening coming up in twenty four hours to make sure everything ends up perfect. The only problem is Tessa and the staff don't know there is a killer at large in the building and now this luxury resort is becoming one of nightmares despite the top of the line high tech security.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf is one of the books when f
Taryn Pierson
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-release
I can't think of the last time I had this much fun with a book. Security was pure enjoyment from start to finish. A high-rise hotel is about to have its grand opening, but before that can happen some assassins get in, and blood will be spattered like ketchup over a plate of fries before it's all over. Hotel manager Tessa is brisk and businesslike, but she's thrown for an understandable loop when a man from her past shows up unexpectedly...and when her coworkers start turning up violently dead. T ...more
Catherine ♡
Actual Rating: 3.75

*I won an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

The writing style for this was definitely something! It's a while before the identity of the narrator is revealed, and therefore the book is written in third person omniscient, which really adds to the eerie tone of the story.

There were some really cool formatted pages too - meant to depict the multi-view security perspective; I've read a few reviews who talk about the formatting made it difficult to understand. How
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: publisher, reviewed
This is a slasher novel, so I guess it's redundant to say that it is gory ("the Killer is throwing organs out of X as if she were a toy box") and unpleasant. Hapless victims are picked off one by one. It also has a romantic coupling with a back story straight out of a soap opera, leading to some icky, semi-incestuous soft core porn. If I could have skimmed my way past the "love" story, I would have, but the two threads of the story were generally jumbled together in the same paragraph so it was ...more
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Ever since I first came across Security, there was something intriguing about the book; it has a “big brother” aspect about it that piqued by interest. I downloaded the sample, something I would recommend, and was captivated and strangely intrigued by the point-of-view from which the story was told.

I find it strange to say that the point-of-view was the best part of the book. It is told in first person, but who is this person? I ran with many theories as I continued through the story. The narrat
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2015-reads
First, I much prefer the red cover opposed to the one pictured now.

This book was a bit of a head scratcher for me. I couldn't quite figure out the point. There wasn't much of a plot other than murder.

It felt like the author tried to give us a subplot with the main character's love story - which was really only a weak back story ending in current sex. I STILL don't understand the point of their story being told.

The killer(s)- there was NO plot. They killed. Period. There weren't any reasons wh
Crime by the Book
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original, twisted, gory, and an unexpected tragic love story all wrapped in one. Excellent, excellent read for fans of Stephen King. Had me sweating/gasping out loud on public transportation during its breakneck finale!! Full review to come on CBTB!
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Stunning premise, steady writing, and original presentation but the plot fell flat for me and it was too confusing to keep track of what was going on to whom in which room.. This was not my style.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley for this title and was really excited about it, since the blurb compared it to "A Visit from the Goon Squad."
I don't know if it was the copy I received, but the formatting was all off. Sure, there was the quirky way the book was narrated, flipping from story to story the way a security camera might, but there were also glaring incongruences like sentences finishing with the ending of lines a few lines down so you get sentences like this:
"The Kille
After all the hype I've read about this book and how it was going to be the book of the summer, I gotta say I was thoroughly disappointed. For me, the book was just okay. I finished it with a lot of unanswered questions and I skipped a lot of pages that were just seeming redundant. I also had a hard time reading it. I'm not sure if it's because it was an advance copy or not, but the editing was horrible.

I guess my biggest question is what was the point? Who were the killers and why were they doi
Jessica Woodbury
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Any time a mystery/horror novel can change the game, I am interested. And Security definitely has a gimmick. It's an ambitious one, too, so I recommend it solely to have the experience of getting into this book, being really thrown off by this book, and trying to figure out what is actually happening.

The formatting in my e-galley was wonky, so I don't actually know how well some of the structural decisions work, but even if Security can't hold up under much scrutiny (guns! why not just use guns?
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A SLASHER novel! Will be gushing about this book like blood from a deep flesh wound. (Sorry, just had to say that, Wohlsdorf made me do it.)

Review coming up soon.
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think it might actually be 4.5 because the ending goes a liiiittle over the line of plausibility - but holy shit I enjoyed the hell out of this book. Structurally interesting, with a voice to die for, it's the story of one night in a massive fancy hotel just before it opens. Supposedly the most secure hotel ever, it is anything but - and so, from the point of view of the security cameras, we track the whole evening. It's a little bit DIE HARD, a little bit SCREAM, and I feel like Edgar Wright ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The fabulous Manderlay resort is about to open. Just a small staff is currently on site, getting things ready for the opening gala. Unbeknownst to them, the hotel has been infiltrated by people bent on murdering them all. Why? Who knows. Up on the locked 20th floor, security monitors see all the action. The killer is tracking them down one by one.

Tessa is the hotel manager. An overachiever trying to make everything perfect for the grand opening. Complicating matters is the arrival of Brian, Tess
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bloody brilliant. Literally.
Security is an exciting, clever and brutal thriller. It's basically the book equivalent of a slasher film.

The writing style may not be everyones cup of tea but I loved it.
A majority of the book is told via security cameras so the pages occasionally split into multiple columns to showcase what is happening in different parts of the hotel. Because of this, I highly suggest reading the hardcover edition (I'm not sure how this would look as an ebook).
I really don't wan
Liz Barnsley
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this. I know people have had certain issues with e-copies and my first thing is - even well formatted I don't believe Security would work nearly as well in E-book so my strong recommendation would be you go for real book. Its a beautiful little hardback so worth the extra pennies.

Full Review soon. But this was great for me as a complete sucker for those "pick your survivor" slasher movies with plenty of innovative death scenes - this was that. With added extra's. And stuff. Really clever.
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was such a fun and crazy book! The last third of the book was insane, my heart was pounding and I could not put the book down - I had to finish! The ending was only a bit unsatisfying, a major question left unanswered, but it was still worth the read!
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book started out really good but then it progressed so slowly that it started boring me. It was ok, not horrible and not really good. Just meh. Though I do think this has a better potential for a movie.
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: yikes
Hoo boy, this was a perfect gut shot of gore & terror & who knows why any of this horrific stuff is even happening and WHO IS THE NARRATOR? & someone calls a guy "you Tantric whippet-bodied woman-stealer," so it was pretty incredible.
Flo Borgia
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non è un thriller come tutti gli altri. No no. Mi ha sorpreso.
Assistiamo da una narrazione 'esterna' impotenti a una serie di efferati omicidi all'interno di un hotel ancora da inaugurare progettato per garantire massima sicurezza.
Il lettore viene stranito da questa narrazione in cui i protagonisti vengono osservati da fuori velocemente senza poter entrare nella loro testa. La curiosità sale e il libro acquista davvero il suo massimo valore quando verso la metà si capisce cosa rappresenta la vo
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
An Unusual Thriller

There’s a bit of an unusual writing style here. It’s present tense, first person for the most part, but kind of an omniscient voice. It’s a long time before you figure out who your narrator is and it can be a bit disconcerting.

But once you get in the swing of it, what you get is a very sharp and unusual thriller. Because of the distance you have from the characters (all logical as you’ll eventually discover), it takes a little while for you to know and like them, but once you
Very well done! In fact; Bloody brilliant. Literally. Security is an exciting, clever and brutal thriller. It's basically the book equivalent of a slasher film. Well, maybe a slasher-horror novel with a little romance, and a LOT of humor in it, which actually made me laugh, a lot. I spent a lot of last night telling my friends certain scenes in the novel, with the chef, who was cooking his dinner....who's scene I loved.
The writing style may not be liked by a lot of readers, but I loved it. I
Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, audiobook
I thought this book was actually kind of cool. It's told through the eyes of an unknown watcher. The watcher is seeing and hearing everything on security monitors that are scattered throughout the resort. The way the story is relayed to the reader makes it feel as if you were sitting in the security office watching as well. This concept worked really well in audio version. The quick cutaways made the action move very quickly.

This book is pretty gory, so if that isn't your thing, you might not li
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Finally, a book that was worth my time this year. Thank you, LibraryThing, for not only bringing it to my attention, but also giving me a free copy to read and review.

Security was the most interesting and riveting book I have ever read.

Upon first inspection, I just thought that this was another murder mystery, which I was very excited about as it was, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was anything but. Everything about this novel was completely unique, but the narrator's point of vi
Jennifer Blair
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't planning on staying up way past my bedtime to finish this book, but it held me captive to the bitter end. Intriguing, inventive, and breathlessly tense, Security is a love story disguised as thriller--one I read in a single sitting, despite my best efforts.
Matt Abrams
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick, entertaining read. As the tagline says, someone is always watching, but who? There's a great amount of suspense in this slasher-thriller. It's also a bit gory. Some questions are left unanswered, but it adds punch to the ending.
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