The Bonus Room: A Novel (Paperback)

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The Bonus Room: A Novel (Paperback)


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From New York Times best-selling and Edgar Award-winning author Ben H. Winters, this supernatural page-turner about a real-estate nightmare will make you think twice about your dream home

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment in a gorgeous Brooklyn brownstone.

Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.

Big mistake. Susan awakens every morning with fresh bug bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter, Emma, has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she’s going mad—until she makes a chilling discovery in the bonus room.

Filled with Hitchcockian suspense, The Bonus Room is a horrifying tale of a dream home that becomes a nightmare.

Previously published in 2011 as Bedbugs.
Ben H. Winters is the New York Times best-selling, Edgar Award–winning, and Philip K. Dick Award–winning author of Big Time, The Quiet Boy, Golden State, Underground Airlines, the Last Policeman trilogy, and the mash-up novel Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Ben has also worked extensively in television; he was a writer on the FX cult hit Legion as well as Manhunt on Apple TV+, and he is the creator of the CBS drama Tracker. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, three kids, and one large dog.
Product Details ISBN: 9781683693826
ISBN-10: 1683693825
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Pages: 256
Language: English
“A diabolical tale of paranoia and domestic unrest.”—Vanity Fair

“A psychological thriller with Hitchcockian suspense.”—Los Angeles Times

“By turns gruesome and compelling, fueled by a slow-burn tension, and full of in-jokes about contemporary Brooklyn culture, Winters's breezy summer read will leave readers compulsively scratching.”—Publishers Weekly

“The author of the monster mash-up hit Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) offers up a chilling tale of life in the perfect New York abode gone horribly wrong…Winters expertly builds suspense in this chilling thriller.”—Booklist

“The book is a lot of fun and a great fall read for when you’re bundled under a pile of blankets that may or may not be full of creepy-crawlies.”—

Praise for Ben Winters:
“Winters, author of the stunning Last Policeman trilogy and the mind-bending The Quiet Boy (2021), doles out another heaping serving of metaphysics. . . . Winters asks us to open ourselves to the impossible by following real, relatable characters. Another strong, thought-provoking novel from a writer who gets better with every book.”—Booklist
“Winters is an expert at gripping adventures that invite readers to ponder big existential questions. Here he explores the balance between scientific advancement and ethics, a timely theme. . . . A fast-paced and thought-provoking speculative thriller with well-drawn and relatable characters.”—Portia Kapraun, Library Journal
“Winters plays with readers’ expectations like a virtuoso in this stellar technological thriller. . . . Jaw-dropping plot twists are always grounded in pitch-perfect depictions of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events. Blake Crouch fans will be in heaven.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“I get excited anytime Ben Winters has a new book coming out. His writing is so intelligent, his worlds so inventive, and his novels have a rare combination of being equally entertaining and thought-provoking. I will read anything by Ben Winters, and am always eager to see what he does next.”—Charles Yu, National Book Award–winning author of Interior Chinatown
“The always-surprising Ben H. Winters writes books that combine genres, infusing the realistic with the fantastical. . . . Winters is such a fine writer that by the time he asks you to suspend your disbelief, you’ll follow him anywhere.”—Sarah Lyall, New York Times Book Review
“Winters has proved himself to be one of our most fascinating genre blenders of crime and speculative fiction, a writer who never fails to challenge his readers to embrace new ideas and new forms of reality. A wonderful, thoughtful book.”—Booklist
“A genre splicer, taking what he likes from every kind of book and braiding it all together to create his own species of fiction.”—Publishers Weekly
“Thought-provoking, genre-bending . . . Winters seems to have a real affection for unusually compelling premises. Another fine novel from a writer whose imagination knows no bounds.”—Booklist
“Winters is an expert at combining social commentary with gripping mystery plots, and the novel never slows down enough to be accused of didacticism.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
“It is a rare thing when a writer has a fresh new provocative idea—and then executes it beautifully.”—James Patterson
“Smart, quick and tricky, Ben Winters knows how to pull off a high-concept thriller.”—Stewart O’Nan, author of The Speed Queen