A young couple buys a home in a gated community. From the first day, things go wrong... just a few months later, it ALL goes wrong. Very creepy, those C. C. & R.'s!!! I read this in two days. It scared me the same way "Pacific Heights" scared me as an apartment dweller!
This was the first Bently Little book I read. It captured me where I couldn't put it down and created emotions I didn't even know I had. It's unbelievable how anyone could even write such horrific events.
Having worked for a homeowners assn management company for 5 years and living in a HOA-run complex, this book really hit home with me. What Bentley writes about these "little Hitlers" (as I call them) is more true than anything I've ever read. Mr. Little must have either lived in one or heard about the horror stories of what goes on and just took it several steps farther. Excellent, excellent read and so far my favorite from Little.
I love Bently Little's books and how he makes the common and every day stuff terrifying. In the Association it is an exclusive gated community that is terrifying. The Association has a rule book that must be followed. Their rules go beyond the normal rules expected in gated communities even so far as dictating where you should work and who you can have as friends. Breaking their rules results in severe punishment - both financial and physical, even death.
A pretty good story, it kept me turning pages until towards the end. I thought the ending wasn't as good as the story, as though the author had run out of ideas, seems there could have been a better conclusion. I'm not sure I'll try anymore of his books.
This is the first Bentley Little book that I read, but not the last. It left me wanting to read more by this author. I could hardly put this book down it was so good!! It's the story of a young married couple who move into a gated community with a terrifying homeowners association who will go to extremes to make the people in their community conform. Great horror book!!
I really enjoyed this book. I must admit, they were pretty stupid to continue living there after everything that they went through, and I did find myself wanting to yell at them - but even so, it was entertaining. This was the first Bentley Little book I have read and I came back on and scooped up "The Policy" right away. I just enoyed his style of writing.
This is the first book by Bentley Little that I've read. I wasn't disappointed - it was creepy and suspenseful. I had no idea what to expect and had lots of spooky surprises. I will definitely check out more of his stories.
If you want to be on the edge of your seat, pick up The Association. This will make you stop and think before you buy a house in a gated community, and if you already live there...sleep with one eye open,,,,you never know when The Association is watching!!!!
This book is not funny--it is a true horror story and grips you from the first and doesn't let go until you are finished--very hard to put down for a minute, the hardest part to get through is the ending--it is so ricidulous and unbelievable but yet you must finish it.
Barry and Maureen have been "approved" by The Association to move into their exclusive gated community. They reserve the right to approve or not approve the decor of the house, the landscaping, your friends or your job.Do not associate with the neighbors. There will be no outside interference. All attempts to leave will be stopped. IF you do anything wrong you could get fines, punished or killed. Got problems....contact the house on the hill...before dark and you ARE being watched...............??
This was my first Bentley Little book and I really enjoyed it until about 3/4 of the way through. I've lived in a community with a homeowner's association and know how annoying they can be, however there came a part of the book where the story seemed to get really out of hand. (one friend disappears, then a couple of friends disappearing - not found after trying to hunt them down, and then just dropping it. I wouldn't just drop searching for my friends, believe me. Since calling the police and the FBI didn't work, I'd call the newspapers, report it to radio or TV stations, make it known) The story seemed to get even wilder and far less believable. I did not like the ending at all. I did enjoy the earlier part of the book enough to try reading another. His reviews have been terrific, so I'll give his books another chance.
From Back Cover:
Congratulations, Barry and Maureen: You've been approved by the Association and are encouraged to move into your exclusive gated community as soon as possible. Please be aware that we reserve the right to approve your decor, your landscaping, your friends, and your job. All relationships with neighbors should be avoided. Any interference from the outside will not be tolerated. Any attempt to leave will be stopped. Any infraction of the rules could result in severe fines, physical punishment, or death. Please send all other inquiries to the house on the hill. Preferably after dark. P.S. You're being watched.
Sincerely, The Association