The chrysalis

Brendan Deneen

Book - 2018

"Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving "the city" is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs. For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny's unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He's not ready for this kind of responsibility. Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his s...enses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks--enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true. The Deckers' dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom's obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all. No one ever really wants to grow up...but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive"--Amazon.com.

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Genres
Horror fiction
Published
New York : TOR 2018.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Physical Description
304 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
076539555X
9780765395559
Main Author
Brendan Deneen (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Priced out of their apartment in the city, a young couple relocates to the suburbs, where they luck into a large, old house. But they don't find the stability they seek, as their lives are jarred by job stress and a surprise pregnancy. There's also a monstrous thing in the basement that provides temporary relief at an awful cost. The novel struggles a bit in the early stages with clunky exposition but quickly settles into a brisk and fluid narrative peopled with solid characters. Deneen (The Ninth Circle?, 2014) is especially skilled at managing relationships between the characters, and their interactions always feel authentic. The central conceit recalls addiction/corruption tales like Kathe Koja's The Cipher (1991) or the film Brain Damage, but this novel is far less squishy and surreal. A fast-paced, unsettling read that should appeal to readers who crave shocks without a glut of bloodletting and gore. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

No longer able to afford the New York City lifestyle, Jenny and Tom Decker relocate from their cramped apartment to a sprawling old home in the New Jersey suburbs. Adding to the stress of new jobs and home ownership, the couple learn they are pregnant. As the months pass, Tom grows distant and reclusive, retreating to the basement, fixated on a strange anomaly he discovers among the clutter left by the previous tenants. Is the object real, imagined, or otherworldly? Whatever the object's explanation, the threat to the Deckers and their unborn baby is certain. VERDICT Reading like a Hollywood horror flick, Deneen's (The Ninth Circle) recent release has all the elements of a successful scary story: a spooky old house, a foreboding basement, and an eerie psychological breakdown. Recommended for readers of thrillers, supernatural horror, and sf.—Carolann Curry, Mercer Univ. Lib., Macon, GA Copyright 2018 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Deneen's haunted house novel is riddled with creeping terror and the relatable growing pains of early adulthood. Tom and Jenny Decker live and work in New York City until their budget buckles under one too many rent hikes. After viewing increasingly bleak options, they luck into a once-in-a-lifetime deal on a three-bedroom Victorian in New Jersey. Soon after the move, personal trainer Jenny discovers she's pregnant, so Tom gives up bartending—and his ponytail—for the corporate world. Suburban life seems to be looking up until Tom starts unraveling, and it becomes clear that the house hides an insidious entity that has Tom, and their lives, firmly in its grip. Deneen (The Ninth Circle) gives readers a horrifying peek at the darkness beneath the suburban veil with a macabre story that will thrill horror fans. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Forced to leave their Manhattan apartment for the New Jersey suburbs, young couple Tom and Jenny find a dream home that soon turns into a nightmare as something in the basement unravels Tom's psyche.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving "the city" is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs. For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny's unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He's not ready for this kind of responsibility. Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks--enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true. The Deckers' dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom's obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must exposeeverything. Before it destroys them all. No one ever really wants to grow up ... but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive"--Amazon.com.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted."--New York Times bestselling author Jonathan MaberryDon’t Go in the BasementIn a brutal spasm of bad luck, Tom and Jenny Decker lose both their cheap Manhattanapartment and their barely-above-minimum-wage jobs.Their luck runs hot when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in thesuburbs, an old friend of Tom’s offers him an amazing opportunity, and Jenny discoversthat she’s pregnant.But there are dark secrets galore in the Deckers’ new/old house. The place has aviolent past. There’s a thing in the basement, a bizarre chrysalis Tom conceals fromJenny.Touching it makes him feel like a winner, like he can tackle any challenge—themortgage, the commute, impending fatherhood.Until the night everything goes horribly wrong and the Deckers’ dream life isexposed as the phantom it always was. The night the chrysalis starts to hatch.