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READ KINDLE ⚢ Security ó Original and imaginative Ripping suspense, sheer terror, and a wrenching love story Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Friction The terrible truth about Manderley is that someone is always watching Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty story hotel on the California coast It s about to open its doors, and the world at least those with the means to afford it will be welcomed into a palace of opulence and unparalleled security But someone is determined that Manderley will never open The staff has no idea that their every move is being watched, and over the next twelve hours they will be killed off, one by oneWriting in the tradition of Edgar Allan Poe and Stephen King, and with a deep bow to Daphne du Maurier, author Gina Wohlsdorf pairs narrative ingenuity and razor wire prose with quick twists, sharp turns, and gasp inducing terror Security is grand guignol storytelling at its very bestA shocking thriller, a brilliant narrative puzzle, and a multifaceted love story unlike any other, Security marks the debut of a fearless and gifted writer Ever since I first came across Security, there was something intriguing about the book it has a big brother aspect about it that piqued by interest I downloaded the sample, something I would recommend, and was captivated and strangely intrigued by the point of view from which the story was told.I find it strange to say that the point of view was the best part of the book It is told in first person, but who is this person I ran with many theories as I continued through the story The narrat Ever since I first came across Security, there was something intriguing about the book it has a big brother aspect about it that piqued by interest I downloaded the sample, something I would recommend, and was captivated and strangely intrigued by the point of view from which the story was told.I find it strange to say that the point of view was the best part of the book It is told in first person, but who is this person I ran with many theories as I continued through the story The narrator has omnipotent knowledge, and complete access to everything going on within the Manderley Resort and its grounds, yet does nothing to influence what is going on.Wohlsdorf has created a unique premise with her cast of characters being hunted through the hotel as they are in their final preparations for the grand opening The story was filled with some great twists and turns It kept my interest and I wanted to know who was responsible for all of this mayhem.My biggest issue with Security was with the characters I just didn t care I don t know if I was just preoccupied with the narrator or if they were just lacking in development Perhaps, as in any slasher movie, I knew that they would all have to go eventually.The strength of Security lies squarely on the narrator Who is it Well, the question does get answered, and it all comes together then If you like to try new perspectives within a good story, Security could be a great change of pace 4 Stars That s not food It s meat, but it s not this book is not going to win the pulitzer, but if ponies ever become wishes and they start giving out literary awards in the category of fun, funny slasher novels, this book will have a very good chance at winning one it s a very simple premise centering around the manderley an ultra luxe hotel with an ominous name, complete with a mandatory horror hotel hedge maze, secret passages, an excruciatingly slow glass elevator, and asking for it white caThat s not food It s meat, but it s not this book is not going to win the pulitzer, but if ponies ever become wishes and they start giving out literary awards in the category of fun, funny slasher novels, this book will have a very good chance at winning one it s a very simple premise centering around the manderley an ultra luxe hotel with an ominous name, complete with a mandatory horror hotel hedge maze, secret passages, an excruciatingly slow glass elevator, and asking for it white carpeting on the eve before its opening night gala, the staff, hurrying from room to room making sure everything is impeccable for the overbearingly perfectionist owner charles destin, are spectacularly, splatteringly murdered one by one by unknown assailants, while security cameras feed footage to the twentieth floor monitors and to the individual within who is watching everything unfold because, as we are told The best security is invisible security The most thorough safety is safety one s object of protection doesn t know about, so there are cameras that the guests and staff know about, and then there are other cameras so many other cameras it s a slow reveal book which operates within the understanding fans make with the slasher genre you know what s going to happen to all the poor souls within the frame of the story, but you don t know how or when and, as far as modern horror understandings go, you know that at the center of it all will be a strong and capable woman who s gonna dig deep and surprise all comers with her fight back skills and her lateral thinking in a crisis.and spoiler alert for the movie you re nextview spoiler hide spoiler oh, indeed so here, the sharni vinson role is played by tessa, the most efficient hotel manager ever a good hotel manager can smile politely in the face of a cranky overprivileged guest s tantrum and find a solution to placate and mollify their outrage a great hotel manager can do that while covered in someone else s bloodLook, Charles thinks this is a game And what you and your team mostly do is cry wolf But if a wolf comes at me Last thing I m doing Is crying about it tessa s got a hundred tick checklist to deal with and the last thing she needs is a man from her past popping up again after eleven years and stirring up emotions when she s dealing with a french chef s hissy fits, a broken dishwasher, an owner verbally abusing the entire staff, electricians who are ready to walk, and now this head on the mantel the obvious criticism one could make and may already have made i haven t looked is that it reads like a screenplay, but to me it doesn t in my head, i can see someone excited to film this, but i think it would make a really mediocre movie there s something about this that works as a book that wouldn t as a movie, and i think a lot of it has to do with the power of a reader s imagination vs the budget limitations of your average horror film and the same vs the average acting ability of actors willing to appear in slasher films, regardless of how clever they are minus christian bale, who looked like he was having a fun time in a shitty adaptation i think this would be a completely forgettable movie, but as a book, although it follows horror movie conventions to a t insert sex scene here, place close call here, foreshadow object here, use as murder weapon there, etc., it was genuinely intense and it surprised me with some of its moves i also loved the voice of the watcher, who is responsible for the tone of the story equal parts detached robotic and funny, which tone would be lost in a cinematic version Brian is attacking the grease on his hands with a kitchen towel The towel has red stains on it, most likely cherry coulis One cannot rule out the possibility that the stains are not cherry coulis.which, now that i think about it, is one of the reasons that adaptation of American Psycho didn t work for me the narrative tone being the strongest appeal of the novel and sidelined in the film it s very cleverly done, and as the camera of the narrative pans back to show usof what it is we thought we were looking at, it just gets better and better until the end actually did make me feel something ME with FEELS it s not as high concept as cabin in the woods, and it s definitelyhorror than humor, but it s smart, funny, and bloody, which is all good things as far as i m concerned.come to my blog With sincere thanks to Netgalley and Algonquin Books, I offer my thoughts on Security by Gina Wohlsdorf, due to be published June 7, 2016.Now that was different Just when you think there s nothing new an author can do to shock or astonish along comes a book like Security Gina Wohlsdorf has been compared to so many horrors twisty writers but I ve got a new one to add I d call Security the book Agatha Christie gone mad might have written instead of And Then There Were None It s got all the el With sincere thanks to Netgalley and Algonquin Books, I offer my thoughts on Security by Gina Wohlsdorf, due to be published June 7, 2016.Now that was different Just when you think there s nothing new an author can do to shock or astonish along comes a book like Security Gina Wohlsdorf has been compared to so many horrors twisty writers but I ve got a new one to add I d call Security the book Agatha Christie gone mad might have written instead of And Then There Were None It s got all the elements It s a locked room mystery where the bodies continue to pile up but in a maniacal, yet calculated way There are herrings thrown about if you look closely Dark, funny, and unique, Security may not be for everyone, there s lots of gruesome scenes, but should appeal to speculative readers, horror fans, and thriller enthusiasts alike So, this book was amazing.I think perhaps I owe Joe Abercrombie an apology I almost gave up on this book once the violence started It s graphic, horrible, detailed violence and honestly it made me sick I don t enjoy reading about people being horribly, painfully and slowly murdered.However, I had it on good authority that this was a great novel And my authority was correct actually this is stunning, amazing novel Five stars On my favorites shelf, which is no joke.What does that have to do So, this book was amazing.I think perhaps I owe Joe Abercrombie an apology I almost gave up on this book once the violence started It s graphic, horrible, detailed violence and honestly it made me sick I don t enjoy reading about people being horribly, painfully and slowly murdered.However, I had it on good authority that this was a great novel And my authority was correct actually this is stunning, amazing novel Five stars On my favorites shelf, which is no joke.What does that have to do with Joe Abercrombie Well, as you know, Joe Abercrombie is an amazing author But I find it hard to truly enjoy his books because they are so dark Brilliant, wonderfully written, but very dark Wohlsdorf is NOT as dark as Abercrombie, despite being just as if notviolent than him in her writing But she has a rather jaunty attitude and acheerful one than him, whereas he feels like he has to permeate every corner of his novels with darkness That s why she is getting five stars and he is getting four Even though one could make a solid, convincing argument that he deserves five.As for the plot of this book, it s hard for me to describe it to you without giving anything away It s part slasher horror film, part romance novel, part action adventure novel It s creative, non stop, thrilling, both romantic and sexual, both horrifying and yet uplifting, both showcasing both the worst parts of humanity and the best It s also funny.I feel like I am not writing the best review for it, because I gobbled it down this morning without posting any updates So I don t have any pithy excerpts or witty comments on it.It s wonderful, amazing, surprising Wohlsdorf is immensely skilled.RELATED MATERIALSDie Hard Run by Joseph R Garber one of the best books ever writtenRebecca by Daphne du MaurierPerv by Dakota Gray Another stellar bookDeadpool Shining by Stephen King Another stunning bookAll Systems Red by Martha WellsI know this review could be better Perhaps I ll come back later and flesh it out I m not lying about the crass disgustingness that s in here, though I seriously almost DNFed If you are squeamish, if you don t like some crass, disgusting, deliberate and gleeful violence this may not be for you It almost was too much for me Luckily for me there isn t any sexual violence, I wouldn t have been able to tolerate that another difference between her and Joe Abercrombie People are comparing her to Stephen King, but come on There s only one Stephen King No one is like Stephen King and no one can be like Stephen King Not because I m some blind fan, okay, I m not, just because Stephen King is unique and no one can come close to him Which doesn t mean Wohlsdorf and others don t deserve five stars, of course they do, but I never believe Stephen King comparisons because the whole idea of making Stephen King comparisons is ridiculous I feel like this was a very bizarre review But I highly recommend the book Go read it I didn t regret it, in fact, I ended up loving it Very exciting and the writing is brilliant If you like ACTION ADVENTURE, if you like EXCITING, NON STOP ACTION then this is the book for you If you like SLASHER FILMS, and or films like DEADPOOL, then this book is for you