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Summary

A widower battles his grief, rage, and the mysterious evil inhabiting his home smart speaker in this mesmerizing horror thriller from Gus Moreno.

It was Vera’s idea to buy the Itza. The “world’s most advanced smart speaker!” didn’t interest Thiago, but Vera thought it would be a bit of fun for them amidst all the strange occurrences happening in the condo. It made things worse. The cold spots and scratching in the walls were weird enough, but peculiar packages started showing up at the house - who ordered industrial lye? Then, there was the eerie music at odd hours, Thiago waking up to Itza projecting light shows in an empty room.

It was funny and strange right up until Vera was killed, and Thiago’s world became unbearable. Pundits and politicians all looking to turn his wife’s death into a symbol for their own agendas. A barrage of texts from her well-meaning friends about letting go and moving on. Waking to the sound of Itza talking softly to someone in the living room...

The only thing left to do was get far away from Chicago. Away from everything and everyone. A secluded cabin in Colorado seemed like the perfect place to hole up with his crushing grief. But soon Thiago realizes there is no escape - not from his guilt, not from his simmering rage, and not from the evil hunting him, feeding on his grief, determined to make its way into this world.

A bold, original horror novel about grief, loneliness, and the oppressive intimacy of technology, This Thing Between Us marks the arrival of a spectacular new talent.   

A Macmillan Audio production from MCD x FSG Originals.

©2021 Gus Moreno (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

2021, NPR Best Book of the Year

2022, VCU Cabell First Novelist Winner

2021, NYPL Best Books of the Year

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  • Liv Templeton
  • 01-12-21

Unsure what I feel but it’s a lot

When I started listening, I felt gross about the story of 1st/2nd gen migrants from Mexico potentially being read by someone who was not part of a marginalized group, but I was too engrossed in the story to check and risk having to stop. Score 1: Audible and 0: me, because Audible did their due diligence.

This might be the most quality-crafted thing I have ever consumed. I read and listen to a LOT, and am incredibly judgmental. This is insane, and deep, and brilliant.

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  • oelburk
  • 13-12-21

Strange done right

Thrilling and very depressing (in a good way). Nice unsettling cosmic horror, too bad it wasn't much of translation on the short spanish phrases.

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  • J. Nickey
  • 28-12-21

Great Debut

This was one of the most interesting books I've read this year. While it tackles a common topic, it does it in a very unique way. I honestly think it's best to go in blind, which is what I did. Awesome debut from Gus Moreno

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  • Kate Martin
  • 22-12-21

Promising start but hard to follow

I am not sure what happened in this story. I didn’t understand the timeline. I couldn’t make sense of the rules of the world he created. Disappointing after a promising beginning.

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  • SayF
  • 03-12-21

personal, Beautiful, haunting

I loved this book from the first page. it's a personal work of grief and bizarre horror.

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  • Amy D.
  • 02-08-22

not what I expected

I don't know what I listened too, it was entertaining at least I think so

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  • ArchAngeal
  • 09-06-22

Not what I expected.

At every turn this book became something different.
It starts out as am extremely personal view in to the grief of the main character then shifts in to almost lovecraftian horror filled with chaos. 100% reccomend a listen and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  • SB
  • 05-06-22

Mercifully short

This one is not for me. I just couldn't get into it. I thought it was really strange.

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  • KimR
  • 25-04-22

10/10 story and listen

I really loved this book. I'm a huge horror fan & I found this story amazing and even scarier when discussing it back with my partner. She refused to check the locks after lights out lol. I'm Hispanic so I also related to the story line alot more than other horror novels and even movies. I really appreciated the narration, easy to listen to, like listening to a relative tell me a ghost story. 10/10 listen.

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  • christopher potts
  • 03-04-22

not great

If you have to read this book at least have a little fun and take a shot every time he describes something and has to use three different descriptors for it.