Bedbugs by Ben Winters


Susan and Alex Wendt believe they found the perfect apartment.  Top floor, two bedroom brownstone recently renovated.  It is close to a park for their daughter Emma and the price is one they can not pass up.  The old widowed landlady is short of a full deck but harmless.

Shortly after moving in Susan starts to notice that some things are just not right.  First it is the mysterious lifted floor board that they did not notice when they moved in… then it is the strange smell in the spare room… then it is the bites.  Susan wakes up with bite marks on her that are consistent with bedbugs… oddly it is only Susan that is being bitten.  Alex and Emma are fine.  The house is checked twice by an exterminator with no finding…

so if not bed bugs what is it?



I have wanted to read this book since it came out in 2011.  I liked the mysterious cover, and the fact that author Ben Winters also wrote Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, this seemed like it could be a fun read.

It was.

And creepy too.

I enjoyed this read!  I learned a bit about bedbugs and while the book is a bit creepy it is leveled out with other interactions to keep it from going full on itchy!

The narration of Elisabeth Rodgers is good.  She does a great Emma!  You route for this family while at the same time there is enough suspicion to go around to keep you guessing as to what is really happening.  I am glad I finally fit this one in!

Like a little creepy?  A little edgy?  Something that would make a good movie?  Give Bedbugs a try!



  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 54 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • Release Date: September 6, 2011


  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books (September 6, 2011)



19 thoughts on “Bedbugs by Ben Winters

  1. I’m so excited that you finally got to this one. I read it when it first came out, and loved it. It has that retro 1970s horror feel to it,

  2. I’ve had this one on my wish list since I first heard about it. I am glad you enjoyed it! It does sound fun.

    I am not sure I will ever read Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, but I did like the author’s Last Policeman trilogy.

  3. Yea, we’ve lost a bed, matress, a set and 1/2 of sheets, spent $45 on bug spray and foggers, my spuose is sleeping on the couch and I’m in the guest room on a double bed. We do hope that when the student loans come in January, we can go direct to the local manufacterer and get a bed and matress. Thing is..that bed was handmade for her for $30 INCLUDING the matress, and even the wood was infested. I know what a new bed will cost but when we went window shopping, she was flabbergasted….oh well.

    Actually wish I might be able to do bees like you are, bees are my thing, even have a bee bangle, but my handicap wouldn’t allow for it anymore 😦

  4. Hmmm. This might creep me out a little too much, with the two NYC daughters preparing to come home for Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully bringing none of the little creatures in along with their luggage mingled in with everyone else’s in the bus compartment!

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