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Lesath (The Stinger #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Locked in his dark cell, Greg lay awake in bed, fidgeting with the small cassette recorder, pressing the rewind and stop buttons to listen to the heavy click and spring-loaded clank that initiated and punctuated the faint whirring mechanics. He knew well enough no one was going to come looking for him―not while he was in between jobs, living in a four-door pickup truck, an ...more
Paperback, 254 pages
Published September 30th 2019 by Asma Kherbash
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is not my cup of psychotropics.

2 stars for the plot and the claustrophobic atmosphere created by the author.

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A.M. Kherbash
Jun 16, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Thank you all for taking time to read, review and/or rate Lesath.

Originally I had intended it to be a stand-alone novel, with no plans for a sequel. Even while I was editing the first draft and making side notes for what a sequel might look like, it was nothing more than a spark of an idea, and I didn't want to commit to a sequel without having something substantial to work on.

But reading these reviews over these past few weeks––whether positive or negative, they shared a common thread regardi
Blake Evans
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-arc, horror

“It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.”
― Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

I think the quote pretty much sums up my experience. I downloaded the netgalley ARC a while back and kept putting it off. I don’t know if it’s the ratings that made me enjoy the book more, but holy s*** is it underrated!

I’m guessing this is one of those books that agitates the average reader, like watching your first Kubrick and leaving the
Danielle Kemp
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a very interesting read. While it was full of gory descriptions, and had a sinister atmosphere of non-stop tension, the author never gives you all the facts. Although I found myself feeling confused throughout the story, I thoroughly enjoyed the mysterious plot, the intriguing characters, and the fantastic descriptions. Overall, I would give this novel a 4 star rating. It is definitely worth a read!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't usually read horror books but this one had a cool cover so I decided to check it out.
Greg wakes up in a mental institution of sorts. Only he is not a patient and he has no memory of entering this place. The doctor tells him that he has an uncanny resemblance to an escaped patient, only Greg doesn't have the same scars. And so Greg will have to be stuck in there until the escaped patient is found. And then all sorts of crazy stuff starts happening.
I didn't really vibe with this book. Th
* I received an arc of this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts *

This book was weird. After a while I thought I was going insane because I never knew what was going on completely.

Then I realized, that's the point. So I just sat back, got sucked in, and enjoyed the weird, messy, and creepy ride.

This book is definitely not for everyone, but it was for me. If you like speculative twists, unreliable narrators, and gore, this may be for you as well.
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lesath by AM Kherbash is an X-Files-esque read tinged with elements of Shutter Island, Inception, and the Agent Pendergast series by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. We mostly follow Greg, an unreliable narrator if ever there was one. A drifter who lives in his truck, and hopes to create a career in free-lance writing, Greg follows hints to a secret facility in Duncastor (or does he?), where he ends up a captive of the place. The facility director, Dr Carver, tells Greg that he must stay in plac ...more
Captain Darling
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stabby-books, arc
Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars, or 5 stars with a caveat: this book is not for everyone. Those looking for a simple, straightforward read where the author explains everything probably better steer clear of this one. Those who enjoy a mind-bending story that reads like a fevered dream (Think P.T. or Silent Hill 1+2, or survival horror by way of David Lynch) will probably like this.

I’m of the second group of readers, and to be hone
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was a convoluted story that was not really what I was expecting or hoping for from the description. It felt like less of a horror and more of a sci-fi thriller which is really not my thing. It started out well enough and there is lots of action but the longer it went on the less I enjoyed it. The ending left me with more questions than answers. As a horror lover I certainly don't need every little detail to make sense but I do at least need to know what is going on and why. It also helps if ...more
Steve Stred
DNFing at 25%. I just can't keep going here. The story has so much potential but I'm really stuck with the total absurdity of them keeping this guy in the institution just because he kind of looks like him but doesnt have the same scars. Everything now is just grinding my gears.
I really was intrigued by the opening scene, and I'd assume it would come back around to it, but the institution stuff after just wasnt't flowing for me.

Simoné Eloff
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-read
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is a bit of a tough one. (Note that in this review, I won't be discussing the plot at all. This is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better.)

First things first, I feel I need to point out that my two-star rating is not reflective of the writer's ability or even really the novel itself, but rather my own experience of it. As I will explain, Lesath is in no way a bad book - it has a pretty intriguing plot and some good writi
Richard Banks
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a tricky one to write. Lesath is one of the most confusing books I’ve read in a long time, and even by the end I was still completely baffled, trapped in an answer-less void, desperate for more information but a little thankful that it was all over.

But that’s Kherbash’s aim, right? Such is the testament to our authors understanding of his contemporaries, the psychological web is weaved to absolute perfection. We waste no time in Lesath, immediately throwing Greg into a medical ward in t
Publication date: September 30th 2019

No rating because DNF.

I received an e-arc through NetGalley.

I can’t rate Lesath. DNF at 10% because this book just wasn’t for me. Ten percent isn’t much of a book, but I could feel it in my bones that this was not going to suddenly become interesting for me.

It’s not poorly written (as far as I read) nor is it a boring story idea. Mistaken identity institutionalization is super terrifying. The beginning especially pulled me in, but soon after I found my attent
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
by A. M. Kherbash
due 9-30-2019

#netgalley. #Lesath

What a wild ride! This was really creepy, some parts were gory, building atmosphere was really well done. This is a psychological thriller that worked for me, overall.

Greg, a loner living in his car, has heard of an old abandoned building in the forest. Its surrounded by hot wire and broken glass. Curiosity gets the best of him, and he wants to see what's inside the building.
He wakes up inside the building, with gauze on
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
A hallucinatory horror story that is unfortunately more style than substance. I started out really liking the concept of this book but I'm disappointed in the execution. While I'm a huge fan of weird horror and stories that leave a lot to the imagination, I didn't think the book provides enough explanation to satisfy the various plot threads. There is a flashback to a character's childhood that I wish had provided further enlightenment but instead adds to more confusion. The point of views keep ...more
Istoria Lit
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
A creepy little read for the cold long nights as we edge into winter. This book is for readers who like something strange, unusual and the unexpected. I really enjoyed the weird and experimental feel that it had. I would recommend this for those looking for something strange.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of psychological horror because it truly brings the tension that I love in the horror genre. This book throws you right into the situation from the beginning. Greg, an amateur journalist, wakes up in a cell. He finds himself to be "captive" due to a case of mistaken identity and though a doctor claims to be an ally, can Greg really trust him? What is going on in this facility and will Greg make it out? WHO IS GREG? With every page, I found myself wondering what was real and what wasn' ...more
Jennifer M.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Did you read Borne? Read Borne. Then read Lesath. They both fall into that "weird" genre, which is becoming an actual genre for books. I'm finding that I'm drawn to this weirdness. Maybe it's because I'm weird, I don't know. ANYWAY, Lesath starts out with guy who is being imprisoned because he looks like another prisoner who escaped and also looks like him and could he take the place of this guy so no other prisoners know there's been a breakout. Honestly, what the hell is that?

It's a damn good
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook
Finally, some good fiction.

Honestly, you know how something is so good, you have this impulse to eat it, but can’t because it’s a book, or it’s in an intangible form (in the case of an audiobook or e-book.)

I began Lesath in the summer, DNFed for a while because it was a bad time and I didn’t have the right headspace for it.
But I could not stop thinking about it.
It’s not House of Leaves level of confusing and difficulty, but you do require faith or forbearance. At the center of the story is a m
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
This ARC's been sitting on my TBR list for a while now.
My interest has been yo-yo-ing with every bout of positive and negative reviews. And as much as I like to think I am an original individual with an individual mind and individual tastes, I'm like everyone, subject to the influence of numbers and popular opinion.
The reviews have been divisive and all it did was make me put it off thinking it was just one of those books with an attractive cover and a promising premise that doesn't deliver on
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley.

Lesath by A.M. Kherbash is taut, eerie, and disconcerting. It's a modern creature feature of a book, which embraces tropes of Gothic literature, psychological horror and X-files style secrets to create a surreal journey through... What? A prison? An asylum? A mad scientist's laboratory? All three? It never becomes entirely clear.

Indeed, not a whole lot does become entirely clear. The protagonist, Greg, an aimless man living from h
Timothy Grills
Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley. Thank you, NetGalley and Kherbash for your work.

I wanted to like this book more than I did. I really struggled reading it even though it was shorter than a lot of the books that I have encountered before. However, there was something about the way that Greg, the main character, narrated that I just couldn't figure out. Some of the text seemed to coalesce around images that weren't vivid--thus, I could not picture them. However, I do think that Khe
Shayney Hardcastle
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book*

What the f*** is happening??? This is what I found myself thinking for the majority of the time while reading this book, understanding virtually nothing and not even taking a guess as to what could be going on within this story. For a book that started of relatively normal, normal compared to rest of this book, this book then took a super weird turn. But one that I found myself needing t
Jul 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
What a weird reading experience this was. I spent nearly all of this book confused at what was happening and who was who. This is definitely the author’s intention, as they have stated on Goodreads they wanted to write an unconventional narrative that leaves much open to interpretation.

Lesath reminds me a bit of Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilation series. That is a very mysterious story and also doesn’t really provide any answers, however I felt satisfied at the end, unlike Lesath.

Literally everyth
Chad Guarino
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This one may require some future re-reads.

Lesath plays out like a waking nightmare: you're immediately dropped into the brain of the narrator, a seemingly random, out of work journalist investigating an abandoned complex in the middle of nowhere. He's promptly knocked out and becomes a defacto prisoner of the actually-not-so-abandoned complex. Explanations are in short supply throughout this taut novel: characters appear and disappear with dizzying rapidity, POV changes come in intense bursts,
Clazzzer C
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good read, totally not my usual genre, but I do like to read outside the box ever now and again just so I can discover what I am missing. I'm very glad I chose Lesath as my feeler this time around. It's a horror novel, a psychological one, that gets so deep into your psyche that you will end up questioning everything. That's what happened to Greg who travelled into the mountain to investigate rumours he had heard about an abandoned building. in which prisoners are detained, hel ...more
Brenda Feinen
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was very different from my usual. Overall, the bulk of the book is confusing and at times challenging to keep track of the time frame. The ending helped piece together the story line without providing all the answers. The author doesn't give much away, just a few tidbits to enhance the mystery and confusion of the reader. Very well done.
I couldn't put it down - the creep factor is 5/5, suspense 5/5, interest 5/5. Seriously - the creep factor.
I love the cover - definitely grabbed my a
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books-read
This was a quick thrilling horror read, praying on the terrifying prospect of getting trapped in a psychiatric facility and knowing you shouldn't be there.
As a whole I enjoyed the book, it was action-packed the whole way through, there wasn't a second spare for you to get bored.
However, I did find the plot somewhat all over the place. I struggled to gather what was happening a lot of the time and was often confused as to who was who,
Aimee Lee
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have no Idea what to say about this book. I loved the story and it kept me on my toes with twists and turns and unexplainable events. However, no loose ends were tied up and it ended leaving me with as many, if not more, questions that I started with which was disappointing. I hope this means there will be a second installment.
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A.M Kherbash this book is amazing 😉 it’s such a good book 📖 I want to read it again thankyou so much☺️ can’t wait for your next book😁
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