Security by Gina Wolhsdorf is a frightening, inventive, and stylistically provocative debut.
Manderley Resort is a gleaming, new twenty-story hotel on the California coast. It is 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. There are impeccably appointed soundproof rooms and sumptuous suites, expansive ocean views, plush white carpeting, and an all-glass, diamond-shaped elevator.
But don’t get too comfortable. As hotel manager Tessa and her employees ready the hotel for its invitation-only grand opening, a killer is in their midst. One by one, the staff are picked off with ruthless precision. Before the night is over, as Tessa desperately struggles to survive, it becomes clear that the strangest and most terrible truth at Manderley is simply this: someone is watching.
When concurrent action happens, Wohlsdorf provides an ever-shifting yet simultaneous view of events on multiple floors of a hotel by splitting the page into two, three or four columns, each one representing a camera.
Dark, bloody, mysterious, and grippingly horrifying, Wohlsdorf’s Security will grab you by the throat and won’t let go, until hate, revenge and, for good measure, some sadism, have sprayed blood from floor to ceiling. Security is at once a shocking thriller, a narrative puzzle, and a moving, multifaceted love story.