"Creepy, powerful, wonderfully twisted."--New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry
Spawned by Brendan Deneen’s own experiences relocating to a New Jersey suburb with his young family, The Chrysalis combines chills, thrills, and a literal monster in the basement with commentary on love, marriage, and impending parenthood.
Welcome to the dark side of suburbia.
Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving “the city” is hard, but the blow is softened when they stumble upon a surprisingly affordable house in the suburbs.
For Tom, the bills, the mortgage, and Jenny's unexpected pregnancy add up to terror. He's not ready for this kind of responsibility.
Then he finds the thing in the basement. It makes him feel like a winner even as it scrambles his senses. A new job soon has him raking in the big bucks—enough that Jenny can start making her entrepreneurial dreams come true.
The Deckers' dream home conceals more than one deadly secret. As Tom's obsession with the basement grows, Jenny realizes that to save her family, she must expose everything. Before it destroys them all.
No one ever really wants to grow up…but sometimes behaving like an adult is the only way to survive.
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Deneen's haunted house novel is riddled with creeping terror and the relatable growing pains of early adulthood. Tom and Jenny Decker live and work in New York City until their budget buckles under one too many rent hikes. After viewing increasingly bleak options, they luck into a once-in-a-lifetime deal on a three-bedroom Victorian in New Jersey. Soon after the move, personal trainer Jenny discovers she's pregnant, so Tom gives up bartending and his ponytail for the corporate world. Suburban life seems to be looking up until Tom starts unraveling, and it becomes clear that the house hides an insidious entity that has Tom, and their lives, firmly in its grip. Deneen (The Ninth Circle) gives readers a horrifying peek at the darkness beneath the suburban veil with a macabre story that will thrill horror fans.