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The mesmerizing English debut from the bestselling author of Meddling Kids—what begins as a gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt.
Months after the last of the Wells sons jumped out of his bedroom window in Axton House (incidentally forgetting to open it first), a strange couple of Europeans arrive in Virginia to take possession of the estate. A. is the 23-year-old unforeseen scion; Niamh is the mute punk teen girl he refers to as his associate or his bodyguard. Both are ready to settle into their new cushy lifestyle, and the rumors about the mansion being haunted add to their excitement. But ghosts are not in any way the deepest secret of the house.
Through journals, letters, security footage, audio recordings, and ciphers, we follow A. and Niamh as they delve into Wells’ dubious suicide, the secret society he founded and its mysterious Game —a “bourgeois pastime” of global proportions— in Edgar Cantero’s dazzling and original gothic adventure.
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Edgar Cantero is a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona working in Catalan, Spanish and English. He was born in 1981.Review:
“The kinetic action of a graphic novel wrapped up in a literary thriller.”
—The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg)
“A clever and engrossing horror-thriller mash-up that delivers genuine scares.”
“A wonderful, enthralling book. . . . One of those rare literary creations that shortens the long hours of night. You emerge from its pages at sunrise, suddenly aware that you’ve spent the whole night reading. Few authors create such books. Edgar Cantero does it gracefully.”
—Jason Mott, bestselling author of The Returned
“A spectacular debut novel. . . . Cantero’s fresh, original prose style and the steady flow of twists, turns, and code breaking will have mystery, thriller, and supernatural fans glued to their seats until they reach the electrifying conclusion.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“Eerie, puckish, and full of surprises. . . . Cantero pays homage to Bram Stoker and H. P. Lovecraft and The Shining, but he’s no less enamored of The X-Files, fax machines, and punk girls with dreads. The result is a propulsive, beguiling novel that is as easy to get swept up in as it is hard to describe.”
—Justin Taylor, author of Flings
“Quirky in presentation and good fun throughout, Cantero’s yarn pleases at every turn.”
“A fun and addictive read.”
“Cantero sets the novel up to be one type of mystery and then he lets other mysteries float into the story. It’s not that he invalidates earlier mysteries . . . but rather he makes them no longer as important because this next one is crazy!”
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Book Description Ebury Digital, 2014. Condition: Very Good. 0th Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP96001543
Book Description Del Rey, 2014. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009326873
Book Description Del Rey, 2014. Hardback. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: No dustjacket. First. A First UK edition hardback with a full 1 to 10 number sequence indicating a first printing. Published without a dust jacket. Unread. Very tiny bump to head to book spine. SYNOPSIS: "Everybody loves a ghost story. The heir to Axton House and his companion are delighted to find themselves living in one. With it come nightmares, a secret society and a curse. A ghost may soon be the least of their worries. Part ghost story, part cerebral mystery, this is a wholly original supernatural adventure. Discover what The Supernatural Enhancements is through the journal entries, scrawled notes, recovered security footage, letters to a mysterious "Aunt Liza", audio recordings, complicated ciphers and advertisements, that make up this book. This is not just a book, this is a supernaturally enhanced book." Packed weight 725gms. IN STOCK FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH. Seller Inventory # 11930
Book Description Ebury Digital, 2014. Gebunden. Condition: Gebraucht. Gebraucht - Gut - The first English book by Cantero, a writer and cartoonist from Barcelona, this mixes a haunted house story with a supernatural conspiracy. Told through a series of journal entries, scrawled notes, recovered security footage, mysterious letters, ciphers and even advertisements. 364 pp. Deutsch. Seller Inventory # INF3002600908