Book Review: Nightmare City by Andrew Klavan

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Title: Nightmare City
Author: Andrew Klavan
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller, Mystery


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Nightmare CityNightmare City
Andrew Klavan
Thomas Nelson Publishers, November 2013
ISBN 978-1595547972

From the author—

Tom Harding only wants the truth. But the truth is becoming more dangerous with every passing minute.

As a reporter for his high school newspaper, Tom Harding was tracking the best story of his life when, suddenly, his life turned very, very weird. He woke up one morning to find his house empty . . . his street empty . . . his whole town empty . . . empty except for an eerie, creeping fog and whatever creatures were slowly moving toward him through the fog.

Now Tom s once-ordinary world has become something out of a horror movie. How did it happen? Is it real? Is he dreaming? Has there been a zombie apocalypse? Has he died and gone to hell?

Tom is a good reporter; he knows how to look for answers but no one has ever covered a story like this before. With the fog closing in and the hungry creatures of the fog surrounding him, he has only a few hours to find out how he lost the world he knew. In this bizarre universe nothing is what it seems and everything including Tom’s life hangs in the balance.


Expect the unexpected—that should be the catchphrase for Nightmare City, especially since the description of this book is somewhat misleading, I’m sure unintentionally. I was expecting a story in the vein of a post-apocalyptic but, in fact, this is something else entirely and not in a bad way. Psychological terror is frequently the worst kind of horror, isn’t it?

When young Tom finds himself totally alone when he shouldn’t be, in a neighborhood that doesn’t look or sound or feel  the way it should, he grows more and more confused and, yes, scared. The real terror comes, though, when horrific creatures come after him. Or is that the real terror? Perhaps worse is the TV and cellphone and computer that work in ways one could never foresee. Then again, there are the voices.

Is this all a terrible dream from which Tom can’t wake up or are the monsters real?

Tom is a boy who can be obnoxiously selfrighteous and yet is one I’d like to know in real life. I fell thoroughly into his story and am grateful that Andrew Klavan has branched out into young adult fiction in addition to his adult thrillers. I was a fan of his work before and now I’m even more so.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, November 2013.


About the Author

Andrew KlavanAndrew Klavan is a best-selling, award-winning thriller novelist whose books have been made into major motion pictures. He broke into the YA scene with the bestselling Homelanders series, starting with The Last Thing I Remember.He is also a screenwriter and scripted the innovative movie-in-an-app Haunting Melissa.

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