Blog Tour – Review, Audio Excerpt: Lurk by Adam Vine

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Welcome to my blog tour stop for Lurk by Adam Vine and narrated by Kevin Meyer. You can see the rest of the blog tour below!

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lurk3Audiobook Title: Lurk
Author: Adam Vine
Narrator: Kevin Meyer
Publisher: Lilydog Books | 2017
Genre: Horror
Length: 9 hours 46 minutes
Audio Release Date: Jan. 16, 2017

Some secrets should stay buried….

College student Drew Brady never wanted the power to spy on his friends. But late one night, he finds a box of old Polaroids buried under his house that can change to show him whatever he desires, and Drew finds himself with the power to watch the people around him without them ever knowing.

Yet as Drew falls deeper into the rabbit hole of jealousy and despair, he begins having strange visions of the students who lived at the house 20 years ago and the gruesome fates they met after moving out. He finds evidence of a stalker who may be living on the property. The line between reality and nightmare blurs. Drew realizes there is something under the house that is manipulating him through the pictures, an eldritch, not-quite-dead thing that will drive him to do unspeakable evil if he doesn’t look away….

A blistering horror story, Lurk is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

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Review

I really didn’t know what to expect when I started Lurk. While the horror genre isn’t new to me, it isn’t one that I often find myself delving into, so I really went into this book with an open mind.

In the beginning, I was skeptical. With the language that was used and the obvious stoner, party people trope, I wasn’t so sure this was going to be the type of book for me. However, the further the book went along the deeper I found myself getting pulled into Drew’s story. While Drew struggles with his outward, overweight appearance and how he fits in with his popular, likable, friend group, Vine subtly introduces tension filled moments that gradually build the narrative of the story. It’s both creepy and complex in a way that I definitely wasn’t expecting. I spent most of the book being a bit annoyed with Drew and his constant “oh woe is me” mentality, but as

I spent most of the book being a bit annoyed with Drew and his constant “oh woe is me” mentality, but once Drew’s mind slowly started to unravel around the strange situation he finds himself in the middle of, everything started to make more sense. The psychological breakdown was a side to the story I was far from anticipating, one that really makes the reader think of the big picture and how history seems doomed to repeat itself. These people that Drew finds himself loving and admiring, hating and obsessing over are only doomed to a fate they seemingly have no control over, though it’s their very actions that put their fate in motion (maybe with a slight nudge from Drew).

Kevin Meyer’s narration was superb. Thanks to the small inflections in his voice and change of tone between characters I was easily able to distinguish each player in this game. His voice only made Drew that much more real to me.

This is a slow burn of a book with a mystery that even when it seems solved has glaring holes in it. One that gives nods to classic horror while creating a genre all it’s own, making you think twice about the world around you.

Rating: 4 stars


Adam VineAbout the Author

Adam Vine was born in Petaluma, California. By day, he is a game writer and designer. He has lived in four different countries and visited almost thirty. His short fiction has appeared in various horror, science fiction, and literary fiction magazines and anthologies. When he is not writing, he is traveling, reading something icky, or teaching himself to play his mandolin. He currently lives in Germany.


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Kevin MeyerAbout the Narrator

A devoted Midwesterner, raised in rural Wisconsin and transplanted to Tulsa, Oklahoma over three decades ago. A career-long voice-over and music radio guy, my iPhone playlist ranges from Alice Cooper and Waylon Jennings to Twenty One Pilots and The Zac Brown Band. Favorite reads are dominated by political biographies (Lincoln, Truman, Kennedy)…and Stephen King.  And now Adam Vine…’cause day-um that Drew Brady is one twisted mother!

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Tour Schedule

May 7: Read Day and Night (Review)

A Book and A Latte (Author Interview)

May 8: Dab of Darkness (Review)

May 9: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 10: CGB Blog Tours (Spotlight)

May 11: The Pursuit of Bookishness (Spotlight)

May 12: Lomeraniel (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 13: There Are Books (Review & Audio Excerpt)

May 14: Lilly’s Book World (Review & Audio Excerpt)

May 15: The Bookworm Lodge (Spotlight)

May 16: Ronelle Antoinette (Review, Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 17: Avid Book Collector (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 18: Between the Coverz (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

May 19: A Book and A Latte (Review)

May 20: Bound 4 Escape (Review)

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adam Vine. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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