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Book Review: Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix

I’m not sure what I loved more about this novel. Both the design of it – meant to look like an Ikea catalog – and the writing by Grady Hendrix are stellar and deserve your appreciation.

Amy works in retail hell. Her employer is Orsk, an American equivalant to Ikea. The store is designed the same with a warehouse separate from the show room floor. Amy’s manager, Basil, wants nothing more than to be the best employee he can be while Amy just wants to get by with her paycheck and some sarcasm. When upper management discover that stock is being stolen and damaged, Basil employs Amy and Ruth Anne, an older worker, to spend the night in Orsk to see who is stealing. When they discover that Orsk was built on swampland that used to be a jail, the night turns horrific as past meets present and Orsk becomes a prison.

Grady Hendrix has created an entire book set inside a store that most people, including me, would get lost in under normal circumstances. If you’ve ever tried to move through an Ikea showroom on a Saturday, you know what I mean. But Hendrix turns the monotony of retail work into a horrific tale of deciding to do the right thing even if you hate your job and don’t get along with your coworkers. Amy and Basil must fight their way out together if they want to survive and save their friends.

This novel is brilliant in ever capacity. Words don’t seem to do it justice here. I simply could not put it down, and I loved the design of the book as much as I did the story. Bravo, Mr. Hendrix.

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