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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  36 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
Expected publication: September 30th 2019
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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.
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!
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
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 ...more
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
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
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
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
Richard Banks
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
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
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,
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
Camille Derichs
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I regret to admit that I could not finish Lesath.

While the idea is nice and creepy, I could not make it very far due to the writing style. This is not meant to be a criticism on the author, as there are obviously fans of his work, but that it did not work for me. I have found it to be not exploratory enough for a literary fiction book, not enough descriptions and not enough of psychological reasoning behind actions - which is what I enjoy in the books I look into. From the excerpt/blurb that was
Joe Thomas
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Twin Peaks meets Shutter Island meets The Thing in this utterly disorientating, disorientating mystery. Blending psychological horror with a loosely sci-fi mystery, this is a very strange book, with a good hook and storyline, if the plotting and pacing is a bit flabby and disjointed at times.

Greg is an amateur journalist exploring a manor that’s rumoured to be a government black site, when he suddenly wakes up in a cell, imprisoned by Dr Carver. As Carver explains that Greg looks identical to a
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Scooter McDermitt
May 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I was given the opportunity to read a prepub copy of this book from Netgalley. So thanks and thumbs up. Now, on to the review.

I really enjoy Mystery Box books. You know, the type of book where weird things happen that seem completely illogical and inexplicable, but by the end make perfect sense? Well, this book is exactly that. You have a main character who wakes up in a strange facility filled with prisoners who never speak, a bunch of creepy silent nurses, abusive orderlies, and strange docto
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 stars
I am torn. I nearly gave up on finishing halfway through reading this book.

I enjoyed the horror, mystery elements and the atmosphere the author created. But it was so confusing and twisty plot wise, that I could not keep the characters straight or which one of them was narrating. I figured it would get better as I read on but not really. Some elements of a conspiracy and abnormal happenings were cleared up by the end. Mostly I felt like we got 15% of answers and 85% unknown. The descr
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Greg takes a hike into the woods in search of a mysterious legend of a facility. I could totally identify with that curious explorer side of Greg...but then he finds the facility and things go downhill quickly, for Greg and for me too. I wondered if the author was using the narrative as a metaphor for mice in a maze. I felt that for much of the book I was following various characters around in a maze of hallways, crawlspaces and ductwork and all too often I was lost in all of the running around ...more
amanda eve
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I has hoping for a really juicy, twisty horror-mystery and, unfortunately, Lesath is not that. There were a few tense/POV shifts throughout the novel that I found confusing and occasionally had to re-read passages to figure out who was talking or what had happened. (view spoiler) ...more
Sinead Donnelly
I wanted to get into this, the premise seemed creepy, the atmosphere promising, but alas it wasn't for me. It reminded me of when I tried to read The Enchanted the construction of the story is focused on snippets of scenes, and it's difficult to connect to characters. I feel like this style could work for some people, especially as the writing is decent, but just not my cup of tea.

Received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for review.
Morgane Krauth
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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.
Saleh Ahmed
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I should get my book club on this (a.k.a what the hell did I read?)
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If there's a sequel, sign me up for it. Kherbash is my new favorite writer!
Duke Bane
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Visceral, dark, gritty and sharp.
Anis Mahat
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Makes you wonder what personal demons the writer was battling while writing this...
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely loved every minute of it!
Dk Singh
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Add this to your Sbooktober/Spookathon/October-themed Read-A-Thon!
Janice Cueto
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its beautiful and interesting...i love this book
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