Rating: 4.5 / 5
HORRORSTÖR by Grady Hendrix is set at a big store in the vein of Ikea. It is a store that funnels the customers in to see the some assembly required furniture in stylized rooms before taking them right to where they can pick up the boxes and check out. It is run like a well oiled machine, but somethings have started to go wrong. Someone (or something) is vandalizing and breaking things and the store is struggling. In an effort to figure out what the security cameras are missing, the manager enlists the help of a few employees to stay in the store overnight. What could possibly go wrong?
I have had this book on my TBR for ages, so it was perfect to pick up for the recent #SpringFlingOWeen readathon. I knew this was a book I wanted in physical form, but I also picked up the audio from the library and it wound up being a winning combo. The audio has some good production value, but you do miss out on some of the extra features of the physical book. The story is told in the pages of what largely appears to be a store catalogue, complete with descriptions and sales pitches for some of the furniture mentioned in the story itself.
The creepy elements of this story, a haunted house (but really store) story is also good spooky fun. This doesn’t pull punches with some of the body horror/gore, so do know that going in. It does a good job of layering in overlapping realities to mess with the characters’ minds and the reader’s too.
This was a quick and fun horror read and one I would recommend!
#AroundTheYearIn52Books – recommended by the NPR Concierge