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The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants the building’s secrets for herself. She hires a team to reverse-engineer the overnight construction. But she knows more than she’s letting on. A curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside, and goes exp The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants the building’s secrets for herself. She hires a team to reverse-engineer the overnight construction. But she knows more than she’s letting on. A curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside, and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind. Inside, the facade of an empty office building is quickly shattered. Ghostly figures stalk the explorers. The walls themselves are hungry. And something is waiting on the top floor.


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The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants the building’s secrets for herself. She hires a team to reverse-engineer the overnight construction. But she knows more than she’s letting on. A curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside, and goes exp The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants the building’s secrets for herself. She hires a team to reverse-engineer the overnight construction. But she knows more than she’s letting on. A curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside, and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind. Inside, the facade of an empty office building is quickly shattered. Ghostly figures stalk the explorers. The walls themselves are hungry. And something is waiting on the top floor.

30 review for It Waits on the Top Floor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karla Kay

    "This new tower didn’t belong. It was off by itself, in Northside somewhere, where it was all neighborhoods. Residential zoning issues weren't quite as eerie as the fact that last night, the building hadn't been there." When a mysterious skyscraper suddenly appears overnight, Chris, an architectural designer has been asked to go inside and reverse engineer the building. His wife has just left him and their newly adopted son and as much as he really does not want to take on this project, he needs "This new tower didn’t belong. It was off by itself, in Northside somewhere, where it was all neighborhoods. Residential zoning issues weren't quite as eerie as the fact that last night, the building hadn't been there." When a mysterious skyscraper suddenly appears overnight, Chris, an architectural designer has been asked to go inside and reverse engineer the building. His wife has just left him and their newly adopted son and as much as he really does not want to take on this project, he needs the money to pay the rent. In the mean time, his son Eddie overhears the conversation and decides that he is going to help find what he misunderstands to be a treasure hidden inside. So, Chris has not only entered the building to help find out how this building has appeared and how it was built, he is now there to also find his son. But there are things lurking inside (the lurchers) that have sinister intent upon anyone who enters or who is a threat towards the building. The last few chapters especially have some chilling moments as the protectors make their appearance and consume anyone who is a threat against the building. There is a sense of dread as the floors seem to change and shift and people seem to just disappear. Chris has to do the unthinkable to save his son Eddie and make it out alive. Chris's hope in the end is that he has broken the chain of events that continue to happen all over the world. But after a year, he receives a text stating that it is happening again. This time as a Ship that has appeared on the Ocean. There is a whole following of people that believe in what they call the "Deviser", the one that bestows these architectural gifts upon the world. But Chris believes otherwise and will do anything to stop the "Deviser" from once again reeking havoc and getting a foothold in this reality. The story will continue in the second book in the series of 'Horror Lurks Below', 'They Cling to the Hull' releasing 09/1/21. Description: A cruise vacation becomes a fight for survival and sanity... Riley boards the cruise ship Aria with plans to steal her inheritance back from her wealthy uncle. But this isn’t the Aria from the brochure. It’s been replaced. The hallways bend in on themselves in impossible ways. Ghostly threats creep out of the off-limits Deck Two. And a stranger claims this has all happened before, in a skyscraper that appeared overnight. Riley must survive the haunted ship and solve its mysteries, or the Aria will claim her soul forever. During the first half of the story, I wasn't quite sure what to think. It felt somewhat disjointed at times, if not a bit confusing. But as the story continued to unfold it starts to come together and make more sense as to what the purpose of the building is for and why it is there. I ended up enjoying this cosmic-horror and I am quite interested in reading the second in the series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Corrina Morse

    This is my second book by Ben Farthing and it was just as good as the first one, The Pipers Graveyard. A really cool, cosmic horror, with characters you feel for, and a storyline you don't want to stop reading!! I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it! 🖤 This is my second book by Ben Farthing and it was just as good as the first one, The Pipers Graveyard. A really cool, cosmic horror, with characters you feel for, and a storyline you don't want to stop reading!! I read it in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it! 🖤

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonathon Von

    A mysterious sky scraper appears in downtown Richmond. A newly separated young architect enters into a competition to urban explore and reverse engineer the alien building. He’s desperate to do so to save his recently adopted son. It’s a nice concept but the execution leaves something to be desired. First, the main character Chris is very good. He’s ambitious and stands up for himself. He’s a saint for going to such lengths to save this orphan child. He’s a competent architect. In fact, this book A mysterious sky scraper appears in downtown Richmond. A newly separated young architect enters into a competition to urban explore and reverse engineer the alien building. He’s desperate to do so to save his recently adopted son. It’s a nice concept but the execution leaves something to be desired. First, the main character Chris is very good. He’s ambitious and stands up for himself. He’s a saint for going to such lengths to save this orphan child. He’s a competent architect. In fact, this book has a fair amount of architecture talk which I found interesting. The other characters are good too, well-drawn and reasonably complex. The problem is the story itself and some of the writing. The whole Rendezvous With Rama with an alien office building is cool. Some nice exploration horror. But when you start to find out the meaning of the structure, it kind of loses focus. The whole thing is just abstract in a way that feels more lazy than mysterious. There are monsters too which are occasionally pretty effective and some creepy stuff here and there. The writing on the weak side though. Descriptions are often unclear and hard to visualize. The action is a little too abstract and the climax to be a little vague and visually confusing. You just don’t get a good sense of where objects and people are in relation to one another. It’s a well structured mid level pulp novel with a creative premise and strong characterization. But it also has the sense of being hastily written and not well thought out. There’s a sequel on a boat I guess.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Candace Nola

    Ben Farthing is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised by this one story. First off, the cover is gorgeous, the deep red tones are eye-catching and the overall tone of the image is just downright terrifying. The image also makes it clear that this is a cosmic horror, and I loved everything about it. The cover of a book is so important to me and this one absolutely nailed it. Striking, beautifully made, intriguing and deeply disturbing all at the same time. The story behind the cover w Ben Farthing is a new to me author and I was pleasantly surprised by this one story. First off, the cover is gorgeous, the deep red tones are eye-catching and the overall tone of the image is just downright terrifying. The image also makes it clear that this is a cosmic horror, and I loved everything about it. The cover of a book is so important to me and this one absolutely nailed it. Striking, beautifully made, intriguing and deeply disturbing all at the same time. The story behind the cover would delight me just as much as the cover did, as I soon found out. The book synopsis, loosely stated, is as follows; Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60 story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants to discover the building's secrets for herself. A curious nine year old believes it holds a treasure to help his father and goes exploring. His father races to find him. From the outside, it looks like a normal office building, but inside, ghostly figures stalk the halls, the walls are hungry and something waits on the top floor. Chris is having a bad day. His wife, Sherri, tells him she is leaving. His former mentor, Dr. Lance Terry, arrives shortly after with a shady business proposition. Eddie, Chris’s newly adopted son, listens at the window to see how he can be helpful so Chris won’t make him leave. Eddie blames himself for Sherri leaving, believing he wasn’t helpful enough. All of this, early on a Friday morning, while Chris was just standing outside, gaping at the new skyscraper that now sits proudly in the dawn skyline, a skyscraper that was not there the night before. Chris is heart-broken, angry, broke and distraught but determined to provide a good home for his son. Dr. Terry is the reason why Chris cannot seem to gain any real employment with the architectural firms around the city because he took all of the credit for Chris’s work with him on a project he did as part of his thesis for grad school. Dr. Terry made him out to be a laughing stock in the architectural world. But now, here is he, with the offer of a lifetime, an offer directly related to the skyscraper that they both were staring at from Chris’s driveway. Eddie listens from the window, distraught that his new mom left and he swears to be helpful to Chris. He hears enough of his dad's conversation with Dr. Terry that convinces him that the new building holds a treasure that could help his dad keep his house and get more jobs; so he takes off for the new building, as helpful as he can be. Soon Eddie, Chris, Dr. Terry and a few others are caught in an impossible maze of hallways, office floors, sub-basements and elevators that only go up. Elevators that hold numbers for twice as many floors as the building contains. The building itself becomes a menacing entity, looming over their every move as they try to navigate the building, all to discover its secrets for themselves. Eddie, to help his Dad. Chris, to help himself. Dr. Terry to rediscover his fame and possibly repair a past sin. And a billionaire intent on solving the riddle of how the building just appeared overnight. Soon, it becomes evident that the building is herding them to the top floor, where something devastating waits, where discovering the real secret may be more than any of them can bear. I loved everything about this book. The characters' relationships to one another and how they change throughout the book. The office building itself and how it takes on a role of a character, not just a location and the many hidden secrets of each floor. The creep factor only intensifies with each floor they climb. Find out for yourself what is waiting on the top floor. Four solid stars for this cosmic horror.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Freaky weird Beware: this book might give you nightmares about alternate universes. What a trippy thrill ride! The emotional rollercoaster this story takes you on is phenomenal. The characters are fantastic and you really care about them all - until you don't. Farthing writes about a building that is an entity but it's really just a building. Or something like that. I don't have the capacity to explain what I mean. You'll have to read it! I definitely recommend this! Freaky weird Beware: this book might give you nightmares about alternate universes. What a trippy thrill ride! The emotional rollercoaster this story takes you on is phenomenal. The characters are fantastic and you really care about them all - until you don't. Farthing writes about a building that is an entity but it's really just a building. Or something like that. I don't have the capacity to explain what I mean. You'll have to read it! I definitely recommend this!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lukas

    Super interesting story with a pretty tight narrative. This was an effortless read, but it severely needs an editor for grammar, out-of-place words, and a bunch of other weird errors. Note that I read this on my Kindle. That may account for the errors. 3.5/5 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    April Taylor

    Chris is contacted to look at a building that appeared overnight. But once he goes in, nothing will ever be the same again. This is the type of horror I absolutely love! It took some risks and had some original moments. It was also weirder than weird in sections, but that was part of the fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Rowan

    i love cosmic horror but i am so sorry i cannot stand children POVs

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tommy

    Cosmic creepy goodness with good characters that you'll root for. Supporting characters Robert and Cam each deserve their own novel. The environment in the building was tense and claustrophobic (in other words, perfect!). The above was posted 2/18/2022 with a 4/5 rating. Today, 2/19/2022, I kept thinking about this story and the characters so I'm changing to a 5/5. Chris and Eddie are well-drawn characters and I feel like I experienced the building with them and became quite attached to them. Cosmic creepy goodness with good characters that you'll root for. Supporting characters Robert and Cam each deserve their own novel. The environment in the building was tense and claustrophobic (in other words, perfect!). The above was posted 2/18/2022 with a 4/5 rating. Today, 2/19/2022, I kept thinking about this story and the characters so I'm changing to a 5/5. Chris and Eddie are well-drawn characters and I feel like I experienced the building with them and became quite attached to them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol Ann

    A twist on a mysterious building theme I had decided to read this as a break from a run of so-so books, on a whim. Glad I did. This isn't your run of the mill a building popped up overnight book. The characters had believable back stories that motivated their actions consistently throughout, and allowed glimpses of their humanity. While the title sounds like an old horror B movie, it is a sleek modern office building that will give you the creepy crawlies. It's Tardis like interior is the stuff dr A twist on a mysterious building theme I had decided to read this as a break from a run of so-so books, on a whim. Glad I did. This isn't your run of the mill a building popped up overnight book. The characters had believable back stories that motivated their actions consistently throughout, and allowed glimpses of their humanity. While the title sounds like an old horror B movie, it is a sleek modern office building that will give you the creepy crawlies. It's Tardis like interior is the stuff dreams and nightmares are made from , any type of vandalism is frowned on , and it is cousin to the Hotel California. Driving the story is a man"s realization that despite being blindsided by his wife's walkout and demand for a divorce, his love for his newly adopted foster child overrides any type of pity party , and drives him forward and through the oddities and horrors of the building. Somewhere inside this horror office block his son is in search of treasure for his new father, because he overheard his new mother's farewell, and knows there won't be money to pay the rent. His need to please keeps him moving forward through his own set of horrors in the building. The ending is satisfying, the book could be a stand alone. But, the twist to this mysterious building theme may hook you like it did me, and as soon as I post this, I'm off to read book 2 in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vix

    This was definitely something different to the usual horror books and it was thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed the story and the descriptions of the tower and what each floor contained were so vivid. I could even feel the panic and suspense whilst reading. I liked that it gave the views from both the dad, Chris, and the son, Eddie, as it gave the different perspectives. I thought the way it all fitted together was good as I was trying to puzzle it out along with Chris. Also, the monsters and for This was definitely something different to the usual horror books and it was thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed the story and the descriptions of the tower and what each floor contained were so vivid. I could even feel the panic and suspense whilst reading. I liked that it gave the views from both the dad, Chris, and the son, Eddie, as it gave the different perspectives. I thought the way it all fitted together was good as I was trying to puzzle it out along with Chris. Also, the monsters and forces they encountered all served a purpose rather than just being there to pad the plot. This is part of a series (next book out Sep 2021) so I'm not so worried that there were some bits I felt were unfinished. However, it doesn't end on a cliff-hanger so can be read as a standalone. Overall, an entertaining horror with some great imagery along the way. I can categorically say if I see a tower like that appear overnight I won’t be going anywhere near it! However, I will be checking out other works by Ben. *I received a complimentary copy of the e-book from BookSirens and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Saffron Roberts

    What would you do if a 120 story steel skyscraper, which should have taken months to build, silently sprung up overnight in the empty lot of a residential neighborhood a couple of miles from your house? You would break in and head straight down to the pitch black basement right? Chris certainly would not have if his nine year old adopted son hadn't gone charging into the mysterious building. When Chris follows him in with suspicions of where he might have disappeared to, he finds a structure that What would you do if a 120 story steel skyscraper, which should have taken months to build, silently sprung up overnight in the empty lot of a residential neighborhood a couple of miles from your house? You would break in and head straight down to the pitch black basement right? Chris certainly would not have if his nine year old adopted son hadn't gone charging into the mysterious building. When Chris follows him in with suspicions of where he might have disappeared to, he finds a structure that not only couldn't have been built in one night, but that has impossible proportions, nonsensical architectural decisions and dark, agonised things lurching inside its corridors. Well this was a hidden gem. This book is tense as hell. Fast paced, with imperfect characters I felt connected to within the first few pages, and scary AF. There were scenes in here that made me squirm. And if you're claustrophobic or have a fear of heights, good luck with this one. Fans of the supernatural and of Lovecraftian horror (of which there's a touch of) will love this! I absolutely did! My thanks to the author for gifting me this review copy for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Robin Ginther-Venneri

    It Waits on the Top Floor by Ben Farthing The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. What the heck! Chris, is an unemployed architect. His wife Sherri leaves him and their newly adopted son, Eddie. Eddie, a curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside the out of the blue mysterious skyscraper that appears like magic and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind. But Chris and Eddie a It Waits on the Top Floor by Ben Farthing The tower appeared overnight, but it wants to keep you forever. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. What the heck! Chris, is an unemployed architect. His wife Sherri leaves him and their newly adopted son, Eddie. Eddie, a curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside the out of the blue mysterious skyscraper that appears like magic and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind. But Chris and Eddie are not the only people curious about the mysterious skyscraper either; others are also feeling called toward the monstrosity intent on solving its mysteries. What they find is beyond terrifying. Like a maze they are being pushed up towards the top floor. And something is waiting on the top floor. This was an intriguing idea for a story. It was well thought out and written with twists and turns literally that made it an edge of your seat read. I’m hooked. I have already bought the next book in the series. They Cling to the Hull (Horror Lurks Beneath Book 2)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Russ Taylor

    Cosmic dread and liminal spaces This book was an awesome surprise! I had not read a Ben Farthing book before and I really enjoyed this! Great concept and fairly fast paced. For me the it did start a little slow but just as I was getting to that “okay, let’s get this going” point it really kicked in. If you like weird, cosmic dread and the creepiness of quiet, unused public spaces this should hit right. Reading the sequel next!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Clint Walker Jr

    Wow oh wow what a book! You know how you find those rare gems occasionally? This is one of those. The author did a fantastic job of pulling me into the story and once I started reading they kept me totally entertained! This was one of those rare books that had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! Kudos to Ben for giving me an enjoyable time!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Tooker

    Tower of Hell Full disclosure. I was provided with a copy of this book by the author or their representative, however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own. In the middle of the night in a Richmond, Virginia suburb a skyscraper appears. Where there was once an empty lot now stands a hulking mammoth of glass and steel. After waking up to his wife leaving him and his newly adopted son, this is the last thing that Chris Haberman wants to see. As a struggling architect wi Tower of Hell Full disclosure. I was provided with a copy of this book by the author or their representative, however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own. In the middle of the night in a Richmond, Virginia suburb a skyscraper appears. Where there was once an empty lot now stands a hulking mammoth of glass and steel. After waking up to his wife leaving him and his newly adopted son, this is the last thing that Chris Haberman wants to see. As a struggling architect with his career almost destroyed at the hands of his “mentor” this building seems too familiar. And when his professional nemesis appears on his doorstep with an offer to work with him to determine how the building appeared in a matter of hours, Chris is skeptical. But with his current situation, the money being offered would ensure that Eddie and himself did not become homeless in the near future. When Eddie overhears his dad’s conversation he decides to save the day and set out to the newly appeared building to find the treasure and save his family. Chris finds himself in a race against time as he joins up with his once mentor, an icon in the construction industry, and her associates with one goal in mind - break into the building and learns its secrets. But for Chris Haberman, he also needs to find Eddie before he falls victim to the evil lurking at the top of the tower. The second I saw the cover for It Waits on the Top Floor, which features what I can only describe as an almost Cthulu-esque creature perched larger than life atop an equally eerie building I knew I had to read this book. It Waits is a wild ride that’s part Urban Exploration, part Twilight Zone and all deliciously sinister. Just when you think that the building cannot get any more bizarre, Farthing ups the ante with another floor and another anomaly. Tending to the seemingly abandoned tower are the “lurchers”, who for the most part mind their own business… unless you try to hurt their property. The main character Chris is the perfect example of a father who will do anything to save his son, which adds to the charm and likeability of the character as an adopted father. Eddie is the personification of a broken child who only wants to be loved and tries to be helpful to keep the adults in his life from leaving. It’s heartbreaking, but Eddie’s child-like qualities including referencing a video game as his game plan for searching for the treasure in the tower really made the character a welcome respite from the evil lurking within and was probably my favorite character in the entire novel. Farthing’s descriptions of the tower and each different floor were so vivid that the tower transcended from just a building and became part of the cast of characters as each nuance and twist was discovered. Farthings, descriptions of events, floors, and situations are so vivid it was not hard to imagine myself tagging along, trying to find the purpose of the tower, and then ultimately trying to make it out alive. This is the first of Farthing’s books that I have had the chance to read, but I was not disappointed, and I am now looking forward to the second book in this series “They Cling to the Hull” which is set to be released later this year. If you like your horror twisted, mysterious, and unique It Waits on the Top Floor would be a great read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    One day, it's a dirt lot. The next, it's what appears to be a deformed 60-story skyscraper, and Chris is being asked to reverse engineer it to find the secret of its impossible construction. The last thing he wants is to work with the professor that basically stole a successful career from him, but he doesn't have much of a choice. With the ink barely dry on adoption papers, his breadwinner wife walked out, leaving Chris with no way to care for the child she apparently didn't want. Money is mone One day, it's a dirt lot. The next, it's what appears to be a deformed 60-story skyscraper, and Chris is being asked to reverse engineer it to find the secret of its impossible construction. The last thing he wants is to work with the professor that basically stole a successful career from him, but he doesn't have much of a choice. With the ink barely dry on adoption papers, his breadwinner wife walked out, leaving Chris with no way to care for the child she apparently didn't want. Money is money, and he's being offered a lot of it. If that wasn't enough to convince him to enter the mysterious building, his new son overheard the conversations of the morning, knows there's money trouble and thinks there's treasure to be found inside the skyscraper. He sneaks off, leaving a note that gives Chris the motivation he needs to take the unwanted job. Once inside, Chris and the rest of the team are met with floor after floor of Twilight Zone-esque rooms. As intriguing as this could all be, it's overshadowed by a missing child, and the horrors that await them at every turn. It Waits on the Top Floor by Ben Farthing is a book I struggle to review. I loved the concept, and the possible purpose of the skyscraper. Even better was the history given as to the pattern of this type of construction. Is the creator benevolent or sinister? There's some great potential here, but it somehow fell kind of flat for me. The presence of Eddie, Chris's new son, inside the building was just a constant sort of distraction. It didn't seem to serve much purpose beyond being the catalyst that led to Chris actually feeling forced to enter it himself. Moreso, even if I could convince myself a 9-year-old would run off to break into a building looking for treasure based on his belief in a video game, it was even harder to swallow that a teenage girl would actually think she could retrieve money from the basement of the building that she had buried on the dirt lot prior to the construction. At her age, she would know better. Although the tension and horror grew as the pages turned, I wasn't turning them faster in an effort to find out what was behind the entire thing. I just wanted to finish the book. I don't normally mention issues with grammar and such when reviewing an ARC, but there was so much of it here that it absolutely affected my enjoyment this time. Missing words, incorrect words that were close but not quite right … it had the feel of having been dictated via talk-to-text. I truly hope this was caught and remedied before the final printing, but between that and the other issues, I will not be reading the next book in the series. I'm sure there are many, however, that will be able to overlook the issues I had with it and will look very much forward to They Cling to the Hull, the second book in the Horror Lurks Beneath series. I received an advance review copy of this book and voluntarily chose to leave this unbiased review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Geo Froggatt

    I was attracted to this story because of the cover artwork. It gave me Lovecraftian vibes. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants the building’s secrets for herself. She hires a team to reverse-engineer the overnight construction. But she knows more than she’s letting on. A curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside, and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind. Inside, the facade of an empty office building I was attracted to this story because of the cover artwork. It gave me Lovecraftian vibes. Thursday night, it was a dirt lot. Friday morning, it was a 60-story skyscraper. A tech billionaire wants the building’s secrets for herself. She hires a team to reverse-engineer the overnight construction. But she knows more than she’s letting on. A curious 9-year-old decides there’s treasure inside, and goes exploring. His terrified dad chases close behind. Inside, the facade of an empty office building is quickly shattered. Ghostly figures stalk the explorers. The walls themselves are hungry. And something is waiting on the top floor. The main character Chris is the perfect example of a father who will do anything to save his son, which adds to the charm and likability of the character as an adopted father. Eddie is the personification of a broken child who only wants to be loved and tries to be helpful to keep the adults in his life from leaving. It’s heartbreaking, but Eddie’s child-like qualities including referencing a video game as his game plan for searching for the treasure in the tower really made the character a welcome respite from the evil lurking within and was probably my favourite character in the entire novel. Farthing’s descriptions of the tower and each different floor were so vivid that the tower transcended from just a building and became part of the cast of characters as each nuance and twist was discovered. During the first half of the story, I wasn't quite sure what to think. It felt somewhat disjointed at times, if not a bit confusing. I didn’t feel very connected to any of the characters for the first 25%. But as the story continued to unfold it starts to come together and make more sense as to what the purpose of the building is for and why it is there, and I began to understand the characters. I admit that I had trouble paying attention to this book, and I will most likely reread it in the future. The ending was fun and made me want to read more by this author. I ended up enjoying this cosmic-horror and I am quite interested in reading the second in the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deana The Queen

    I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily. One of Chris’s favorite pastimes is standing outside his home and gazing at the Richmond skyline. As an out of work and down and out architect, he feels it’s as close as he’ll ever get to buildings of majestic design. But something is different today, because instead of an empty dirt lot, a crooked skyscraper brushes the clouds in its place. And not only that, but the building seems … somehow familiar … to Chris. Chris is not the I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily. One of Chris’s favorite pastimes is standing outside his home and gazing at the Richmond skyline. As an out of work and down and out architect, he feels it’s as close as he’ll ever get to buildings of majestic design. But something is different today, because instead of an empty dirt lot, a crooked skyscraper brushes the clouds in its place. And not only that, but the building seems … somehow familiar … to Chris. Chris is not the only person intrigued by the overnight arrival of this monstrosity, either; others are also feeling called toward the construction intent on solving its mysteries. I truly enjoyed this book! Lately I’ve felt drawn toward horror novels (it’s simplistic to label a trope this way, but it is what it is), and this one satisfied. Having read thousands of novels in the course of my life - with many years spent on the horror trope - I felt this was fresh. As a reader, it’s difficult to find ideas that haven’t been recycled dozens of times over, but I can say that is not the case for this tale. The story grabbed me immediately and kept me reading until the very end. Other than some minor editing errors, this is a very worthwhile novel in which to lose yourself for a while.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Johann

    Got this as an ARC for an honest review. Chris is in the process of adopting a nine year old named Eddie. Sheri, Chris's wife, just left both of the high and dry. Just when things seem to not get any worse an old colleague shows up with a contract to reverse engineer a building. But not just any building but a 120 storied skyscraper that seemed to have been built overnight. Problem is this colleague has screwed him over on jobs like this before. When Eddie hears about the building he thinks that Got this as an ARC for an honest review. Chris is in the process of adopting a nine year old named Eddie. Sheri, Chris's wife, just left both of the high and dry. Just when things seem to not get any worse an old colleague shows up with a contract to reverse engineer a building. But not just any building but a 120 storied skyscraper that seemed to have been built overnight. Problem is this colleague has screwed him over on jobs like this before. When Eddie hears about the building he thinks that he can be helpful to his new dad by searching the new building in the hopes of finding treasure. Everything seems completely wrong concerning this building and since Chris has no other choice but to do the job he originally didn't want to do so he can find his missing son. Will Chris find his son before something else does? I enjoyed this story and looking forward to the sequel. Without giving anything away if you like Lovecraftian horror but with unique perspectives then this is for you.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jay Kulpa

    It Waits on the Top Floor was a genuine, excellent surprise. I was unaware of Farthing before now but anticipate a very bright future. This novel of exploration set in a mysterious and increasingly malevolent skyscraper is so well balanced. The pace gives occasional breathing room while never lagging, then spins up a new moment of disquieting unreality right before you're ready for it. The characters are well-drawn, and none are extraneous cannon-fodder (always a danger in a horror story). And th It Waits on the Top Floor was a genuine, excellent surprise. I was unaware of Farthing before now but anticipate a very bright future. This novel of exploration set in a mysterious and increasingly malevolent skyscraper is so well balanced. The pace gives occasional breathing room while never lagging, then spins up a new moment of disquieting unreality right before you're ready for it. The characters are well-drawn, and none are extraneous cannon-fodder (always a danger in a horror story). And this is a horror story - I applaud the quiet moments, the building of dread, the balance of intimate familial insecurities and moments of expansive, cosmic horror in a building that is bigger on the inside. A high recommendation, and most welcome addition to my library. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily... and happily.

  22. 5 out of 5

    John Randy Beach

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Cosmic horror is a new genre for me, but I found this story to have enough human elements to create a real sense of dread and concern for the characters in the middle of this situation. The relationship at the center of the story between the main character and his adopted son felt tender and genuine and created enough suspense and handwringing for me to warrant several stars. The technical descriptions were a challenge for me as I don't have an architectural background or much experience looking Cosmic horror is a new genre for me, but I found this story to have enough human elements to create a real sense of dread and concern for the characters in the middle of this situation. The relationship at the center of the story between the main character and his adopted son felt tender and genuine and created enough suspense and handwringing for me to warrant several stars. The technical descriptions were a challenge for me as I don't have an architectural background or much experience looking at a skyscraper as more than the sum of its parts. This made some elements of the story that were intended to create tension fall flat for me. Someone with a more "engineering-aligned" mind would enjoy those parts more. One complaint: no more creatures with tentacles please. Time to leave H.P. Lovecraft behind!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Chandler

    Unique concept that I haven’t encountered before so that was refreshing. Pretty creepy vibes throughout, but nothing too extreme. I thought the length was appropriate. Any longer and I probably wouldn’t have finished it. I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters which plays into the note about the length. If I’m not invested in the characters and their outcomes, I’m less likely to read BUT this was short enough that I didn’t mind.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tam

    After the first few pages, I knew this was a book I wasn’t going to be able to put down, until I got to The End. If you like dark, absolutely unpredictable, twisted, raise-the-hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck type of horror thrillers as much as I do, you can't go wrong with this book! *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from in order to read and provide a voluntary and honest review, should I choose to do so. After the first few pages, I knew this was a book I wasn’t going to be able to put down, until I got to The End. If you like dark, absolutely unpredictable, twisted, raise-the-hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck type of horror thrillers as much as I do, you can't go wrong with this book! *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from in order to read and provide a voluntary and honest review, should I choose to do so.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hunt

    This is a well written book but not what I expected. For fans of this genre of books this will be a great read. The storyline is good and quite original. It is well paced and engaging. A good book but not to my taste. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria Coro Arruti

    Entertaining book, though some parts were extremely slow and without any importance to the whole story which, however, was a welcome difference with some horror stories that seem to follow the same norm for those type of books. However, the end was quite "rushed" and lost some of the interest, like the author was in a hurry to end the book. I won't be following the series. Entertaining book, though some parts were extremely slow and without any importance to the whole story which, however, was a welcome difference with some horror stories that seem to follow the same norm for those type of books. However, the end was quite "rushed" and lost some of the interest, like the author was in a hurry to end the book. I won't be following the series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Raymond St. Paul

    Hmm I can't say I disliked the the story it kept my interest for the first few chapters but became tedious an repetitive in its length as if the author were counting pages. I skipped to the ending for the sake of finishing to get the point of the tale. I wouldn't even consider this a horror story, but maybe more psychological I guess. Hmm I can't say I disliked the the story it kept my interest for the first few chapters but became tedious an repetitive in its length as if the author were counting pages. I skipped to the ending for the sake of finishing to get the point of the tale. I wouldn't even consider this a horror story, but maybe more psychological I guess.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Otis Doss III

    This was definitely in the weird category. It's not the weirdest book that I've ever read, but it definitely goes on the strange & weird shelf. But that's not a bad thing. It was a fun read. Plus it takes place in Richmond, VA. Not sure if I've ever read a book that takes place there. (May be that is a contributing factor to its weirdness? :) ) This was definitely in the weird category. It's not the weirdest book that I've ever read, but it definitely goes on the strange & weird shelf. But that's not a bad thing. It was a fun read. Plus it takes place in Richmond, VA. Not sure if I've ever read a book that takes place there. (May be that is a contributing factor to its weirdness? :) )

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jim Phillips

    An enjoyable horror story that was well written with a unique storyline. The story is told from different viewpoints and with relatable characters. A real page turner that was twisted and unpredictable. Would definitely recommend this book and will be looking for book two in this trilogy.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Luvwolves

    Terror Tower This is a great book. It started off good and just got better. The pace was fast and kept a tight hold till the very end. Honestly this was hard to stop reading. I read while cooking and eating lol.

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