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The Consultant

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  623 ratings  ·  116 reviews
CompWare is in serious trouble after a promised merger falls through, so they do what other businesses have done to bolster their public image: they hire a consulting firm to review and streamline their business practices.

But there's something strange about the firm they hire--more specifically, the quirky gentleman who arrives to supervise the project: Mr. Patoff, tall an
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Hardcover, 477 pages
Published September 2015 by Cemetery Dance Publications
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Bandit
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
When did Bentley Little get so good? I've read a bunch of his books with mixed results, but this was by far the best out of all of them. It's most ambitious in sheer size and breadth, but most importantly it's subtle in a way so many horror novels fail to be. Little has always had a knack for taking an everyday subject and making it scary, but seems like now he's doing it in such a deliciously slow creepy clever way as to optimally disturb and frighten his readers. And what can be more important ...more
Bill
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Trouble in the workplace?

Declining employee morale?

Financial troubles looming?

No worries! BFG consulting firm and consultant extraordinaire Mr. Regus Patoff to the rescue. He will streamline processes, increase productivity and even make house calls. Might even mastermind a few employee terminations, while he’s at it. Hell of a job…Or a job of hell? Either way, CompWare Corporation is in for some serious reorg.

I am a little embarrassed to say that I have not read a lot of Bentley Little’s work.
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11811 (Eleven)
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bentley Little continues to be the master of corporate horror. Dude must have a fear of capitalism or something. He writes what he knows and he writes it well. Amusing and entertaining. Recommended.
Joshua Hair
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel I should begin by saying that I've been a huge fan of Bentley Little for quite awhile now. That said, as is the case with most of his fans, I have often found myself reading his books in a formulaic sort of way: the beginning catches me with its brash and intriguing opening scenes, I get swept through the middle very quickly by the swiftly moving, often zany action that progresses into such a crazy crescendo of violence and unique horror that I've read it before I realize it's over, and t ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
Office Horror? Only Bentley Little can make this a thing!


This was an bizarre horror novel that takes workplace issues to a whole new extreme. From spam emails to midnight calls to never-ending meetings, this story tackles the worsts aspects of working a white collar job. More satirical than scary, this novel will appeal to readers who have worked with terrible bureaucratic organizations. I would have preferred a shorter book, but I'm still glad I read it because it was such a unique st
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Tressa
Oct 25, 2016 marked it as never-finished
Shelves: horror
As much as I love Bentley Little and enjoy his polite-Everyman-against-evil-incarnate-in-everyday-situations, I feel that this plot is a little silly and derivative of Little's best books that executes this formula much more successfully—e.g., The Store; The Policy; The Mailman; The Resort; The Ignored. It makes little sense that the consultant is consulting not only at the main character's business, but also his kid's school and wife's hospital. I think I know how this one ends, so I'll put it ...more
Melissa
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, horror
This book doesn't REALLY fit into any of the typical horror genres. A better description would be workplace satire. Hate your job? Find certain policies and the people who create and/or enforce them to be abhorrent? Is corporate culture complete bullshit? Does your job encroach upon your personal freedom? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you will enjoy the humor in this book. (A word of caution: some of the content is downright rank, so pass on this one unless you can laugh off t ...more
Sara
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Great build up but ending was horribly unsatisfying and explained nothing :(
Kay Oliver
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way Little can take a common every day event and turn it, ever so subtly, into the most horrific nightmare is absolutely PERFECT! The man is a literary genius and this novel is a perfect example. I couldn't put this down, excellent writing, excellent characters. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Jeanne25
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew absolutely how I felt about and would rate this book – up until the last 5 pages.

This is only the second book that I have read by Bentley Little. It won’t be the last. There are very few authors whose books I will read again and again, Stephen King being at the top of that short list. So far, I am not sure that Little will make that list either. I read The Consultant over the course of two evenings and I can honestly admit that I haven’t slept well in the last two nights. I could turn off
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Stacey
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So my opinion of this book is going to be a little biased, considering that Bentley Little is my favorite author.
It's been so many years since I've read one of his books, reading it was like kicking back in an overstuffed, comfortable, warm chair with an old friend. I picked up on his style immediately, in my opinion, he always stays true to it. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but he has specific traits that seem to set him apart. He can make anything creepy.
I really liked this new book, it
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Renny Barcelos
Now this is the Bentley Little that I liked so much in The Handyman. The horror here feels so real, so close to reality that it truly scares. Corporations are terrifying already but I was in a crescendo of desperation, agony, anxiety in a claustrophobic way with this tale.

My only problem and why I took one star of the final rating is how Little insists on graphic and, in my view, unnecessary rape scenes that are triggering and just crude. His stories could do without that or, at least, I would
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Bobby Stringini
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is classic Bentley Little. A true return to the satirical horror that made The Store so great, but with a dash of the brutality that made University so memorable. Totally chilling and shocking, and with just enough well placed dark humor. Highly recommended.
Nick Cato
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Classic Little is back. Full review 7/13 at http://thehorrorfictionreview.blogspo...
Bob
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of Bentley Little's books since I picked up his interesting vampire novel, The Summoning, many years ago. His titles all seem mundane( The Mailman, The Store, The Ignored) until you read the first page or so and BAM! you're sucked into horror in the commonplace. The Consultant falls into the same pattern. Regus Patoff, consultant for BFG Associates, is hired to sort out CompWare after a failed merger. His draconian methods lead to division, distrust and murder among the employees ...more
Jami
Fair warning: there is a graphic animal cruelty scene that us quite disturbing and lots of sexual references.

The book was good in terms of a satire of consultants. Some parts were outright funny, such as the consultant telling them how much toilet paper to use per wipe. However the sci fi element didn't do it for me and I was disappointed we didn't find out what BFG stood for. Overall it was a decent story but some parts dragged.
Samantha Stemler
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I was confused by this book. It could be a matter of expectations or misunderstanding, or perhaps becoming accustomed to a certain fast-moving genre and trying to adjust to a different style, but I couldn't get into it. I got about 150 pages in and had to give it up, realizing it was simply not for me.

For the first 100 pages or so of the book I waiting for something to happen, or some intriguing hint or clue about what to expect that would keep me looking anxiously onward. There were a lot of v
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Tessa Ingram
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Bentley Little really gets on my nerves. His simplistic titles and skin-crawling book descriptions deceive me every time. I think I'm going to get a super scary experience and instead he has the same formula. Start off slow, maybe a hint of foreshadowing, then too much goes too crazy all at once and I wait to see if it's all supposed to be a joke or was that on purpose? The Consultant starts with a little manipulation here and there. Some small hints as to this (man/thing/?)'s abilities, its pow ...more
Michael
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Squire
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Little, this time focusing on the horrors of the work place. A good set up with some well-developed characters provides for some unsettling moments. And, of couse, Little's resolution leaves a lot unanswered (but that's typical--and classic--Little). A mean little melodrama that had me staying up late at night.

Note: The consulting firm "PERFECT Practices" suddenly became "PRIVATE Practices" on page 179. It doesn't really matter, I suppose, since PP is being phased out at that point (it's
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Stacy
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: twisted-horror
There were parts of this book that I really enjoyed, but they were overshadowed by the frequent voice in my head that asked "Why doesn't he quit?" and "Why are they so determined to sacrifice every outside interest to be with their son every moment he's home?" I realize the book couldn't have been written if he'd quit, but a better, more compelling reason would have improved the story. A middle manager in IT has options, as does his body in Sales, and his Admin, and every else there. And the hel ...more
Alice
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book sounded like a good idea at the time. This should have been a terrific book. It wasn't. I'd never read this author & won't be reading him again. Although it started kind of slow, it gained momentum. The first 3/4 of it was really good, building to something maybe 4 star worthy. Then I don't know what Little was thinking, but whatever it was he ruined his own story. The reader will never know what actually happened or why or who was really involved; nor will they care. It's ...more
Douglas Castagna
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Horror, gross out situations, humor, and some interestingly creative plotting are hallmarks of much of the work of Bentley Little. All of the elements you have come to expect from his books is here and the novel, as a whole does not disappoint. If you have any job where there is someone there rating you, measuring your worth, making your day to day just a little bit more annoying and hard to deal with then the Consultant has that little bit extra for you. BFG was hired to streamline the business ...more
Robert
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Having a bad day at work? Sit down with this book here and enjoy a truly bad day at work. This is the story of a guy working at a computer software development company that is going in the shitter. To save themselves they hire a consulting firm, or is it a consultant (singular). There is a lot of graphic stuff in this one, more than I have seen previously from this author. That plus the page count does make for a bit of a long story. Yet with all that I still enjoyed this and could find myself r ...more
WT Sharpe
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ramiz Monsef did a great job as narrator of this book, and despite many negative reviews of the overall story, I quite liked it. After a failed merger, CompWare hires the consultant from hell, whose sole goal is to downsize the company to make it lean and mean. Before the demonic Mr. Patoff is through doing what he was hired to do, the company is very much both, and the phrase "terminate an employee" has come to have very sinister connotations indeed.
Trevor Holyoak
Sep 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book was actually pretty horrible. I'm glad it wasn't my first book by this author or it would have put me off of him entirely. The story was totally unbelievable, full of plot lines that went nowhere. And it had totally gratuitous sexual content that sounded like it was written by a 14 year old. Also, we never did find out what BFG stood for.
Justin Tate
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Loved this! A gripping horror novel set in the terrifying world of corporate America. Regus Patoff is a marvelous villain symbolic of everything we hate about the daily grind. The novel is occasionally humorous in its social commentary, but mostly terrifying. Docked one star because the ending was somewhat unsatisfying.
Dan Kloch
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I go back and forth on whether or not Bentley Little is a mostly successful provocateur who uses explicit over-the-top gore and sexual violence to make a visceral point about the horrors of more seemingly mundane things, or just a one-trick-pony, above-average shock-jock-type writer who revels in the most easily plucked, low-hanging fruit on the horror trope tree.

Stephen King said in "Danse Macabe," (I'm paraphrasing): "My goal is to terrify. When I can't do that, I will try to horrify, and if
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Janet Richards
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audible
Would have been more funny if I hadn't lived a consultant review and subsequent downsizing. Reality is far more terrifying.

This is my first Bently Little book. It's not my usual type of reading or listening preference (I listened to an Audible recording), I enjoyed his dry humor and commentary on the modern downsizing atmosphere.
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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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