The Mansion: A Novel (Hardcover)

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Part techno-thriller, part ghost story, "The Mansion" delves into the eternal triangle: one young woman, two young men, with a very modern twist.  As we move forward with smart houses and digital personal assistants towards true artificial intelligence, this book reminds us that we are but poor humans, not gods of creation.  All that we make and all that we are is a reflection of our own past and life experiences.
Billy and Shawn are programmers, coders, and engineers.  Just out of college, they move into a run-down cabin on Shawn’s property where his family’s dilapidated estate looms over them.  They are trying to create a new computer operating system, not true artificial intelligence, but something more than just the binary coding of simple if/then responses.  But, then one Halloween night, Emily enters their lives.  One of them will go on to become a multibillionaire with a product that rivals Apple, Microsoft, and Google.  The other gets the girl.  And the breakthrough operating system will just have to wait, hibernating in that old mansion where terrible things lie hidden within the crumbling walls.  Years later, Billy and Shawn come back together to finish what they started.  The mansion has been remodeled to modern standards and their fledgling creation is now installed there, able to operate quite independently.

— From Karen B.


In this white-knuckle thriller from the internationally bestselling author of the “apocalyptic extravaganza” (Publishers Weekly) The Hatching series, a family moves into a home equipped with the world’s most intelligent, cutting-edge, and intuitive computer ever—but a buried secret leads to terrifying and catastrophic consequences.

After two years of living on cheap beer and little else in a bitterly cold tiny cabin outside an abandoned, crumbling mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford have created something that could make them rich: a revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic.

But the hard work and escalating tension have not been kind to their once solid friendship—Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. While Billy walks away with Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a multi-billion-dollar company that eventually outshines Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.

Years later, Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world. Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something about Nellie isn’t right—and the reconstruction of the mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred, to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.

About the Author

Ezekiel Boone lives in upstate New York with his wife and children. He is the internationally bestselling author of The Hatching, Skitter, and Zero Day.

Praise For…

"A richly composed, very scary thriller that would be welcome squeezed between Neal Stephenson and Chuck Wendig on your bookshelf. A ghost story that could be described as the Overlook Hotel with Alexa onboard but is, thankfully, frightening in its own right."
— Kirkus Reviews

"Ezekiel Boone, author of such creepy-crawly masterpieces as The Hatching and Skitter, returns with a new tale of horror and thrills."
— CrimeReads

"Ezekiel Boone’s latest offering reads like a cross between Stephen King’s The Shining and one of John Connolly’s more recent Charlie Parker books...THE MANSION is eerie, thrilling, and impossible to put down."
— The Real Book Spy

"A great story with twists and turns you don’t see coming and a shocking ending you won’t see coming." 
— Red Carpet Crash

"Boone’s (Zero Day) latest is like if The Shining were written in the time of Amazon Alexa."
— PureWow

"The Mansion is a wonderful update of a classic model: people with secrets stuck in an old house with its own checkered past. Luckily, Boone knows the tropes of that old story well, and works to subvert them every chance he gets . . . The Mansion is a thrilling story that combines modern technology with old fears."
— Shelf Awareness

"Classic haunted house tale meets Black Mirror in this addictive read."
— Book Riot

Product Details
ISBN: 9781501165504
ISBN-10: 150116550X
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: December 4th, 2018
Pages: 432
Language: English
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