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Horrorstör

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.

To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift. In the dead of the night, they’ll patrol the empty showroom floor, investigate strange sights and sounds, and encounter horrors that defy the imagination.

A traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting, Horrorstör is designed to retain its luster and natural appearance for a lifetime of use. Pleasingly proportioned with generous French flaps and a softcover binding, Horrorstör delivers the psychological terror you need in the elegant package you deserve.

This was supposed to be my bookclub book back in October but as it was sold out everywhere at the time, we went with another book. When I saw this on audible I swooped at the chance to read it. I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars.

The physical book is written in the format of an IKEA catalogue so I was initially a little worried that the book would work well as an audiobook. I was totally wrong about that as the audiobook was brilliant! I really enjoyed the inserts of furniture descriptions which were placed between scenes. The furniture names were, I suspect, purposely hilarious!

Right away, I disliked Basil because he reminded me of ‘Team Leaders’ back when I worked in retail. The whole vibe of the shop was so creepy but in a way that felt familiar to my time in retail. I absolutely hated working in retail. This book did a great job of embodying the horror that was retail. Have you even worked in retail if you haven’t had to deal with mysterious poops on the shop floor/fitting room? I found myself really liking Basil as the book progressed.

This book felt like it was split into two halves; the set up which was all about the reality of working in retail and the story then turned into an actual ghost story/haunted house. I honestly didn’t actually expect the book to have horror in it. I sort of expected it to be something silly or an overreaction but there was horror.

Parts of this were pretty scary, I am a huge wuss though. This book included ghosty possession due to the history of the area and I did enjoy that. The spooky bits made me jump! The story took a bit of a turn and included some gory bits which made me feel a bit queasy.

I found a lot of moments in this book to be relatable with regards to financial troubles and trying to find your place in the adult world.

I’ve read a book by this author before but didn’t realise that until after I’d finished. I will definitely read more books by this author as I enjoy their style of horror. I would be interested to read this book in physical format to see if I get something more from it.

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