A boy in a basement, a man in a booth and a darkness that threatens to swallow them both…

New York audiobook narrator Peter Larson and his wife Hannah head to his hometown of Maple City to help Peter’s ailing father and to put a recent tragedy behind them. Though the small, Midwestern town seems the idyllic place to start afresh, Peter and Hannah will soon learn that evil currents flow beneath its surface.

They move into an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town—a house purchased by Peter’s father at auction and kept secret until now—and start to settle into their new life.

But as Peter sets up his recording studio in a small basement room, disturbing things begin to occur—mysterious voices haunt audio tracks, malevolent shadows creep about the house. And when an insidious presence emerges from the woodwork, Peter must face old demons in order to save his family and himself.


Where do I even start?

This was such a treat of a novel.

Let me start by thanking Chris for sending me a signed copy.

Whenever I can, I try to grab multiple copies of a book (ebook, audio, physical). This isn’t always possible, of course.

Fortunately, I managed to make grab a Kindle edition AND listen to the audiobook on Scribd.

Why is this a big deal?

Well, it means full-immersion.

I absolutely love listening to the audio while reading. It literally boosts my reading experience. I’m often able to listen at 1.5 speed without compromising my experience.

And from this particular experience, I’ve learned that Chris is not only a great writer but also an amazing narrator.

Have I mentioned that the main character (Peter) is also an audiobook narrator?

“Perhaps it was the size of the place or the vacant windows that stared down like dead eyes. Whatever it was, Peter disliked the house immediately.”

Poor Peter.

Why would you set up your little audio recording studio in the basement? *facepalm*

“A boy in a basement, a man in a booth and a darkness that threatens to swallow them both…”

If you haven’t checked this out yet. Go for it!

As for me, I’m ready for book #2: “The Hungry Ones”.