The Job of the Wasp by Colin Winnette

The Job of the Wasp

A new arrival at an isolated school for orphaned boys quickly comes to realize there is something wrong with his new home. He hears chilling whispers in the night, his troubled classmates are violent and hostile, and the Headmaster sends cryptic messages, begging his new charge to confess. As the new boy learns to survive on the edges of this impolite society, he starts to unravel a mystery at the school's dark heart. And that’s when the corpse...

Details The Job of the Wasp

TitleThe Job of the Wasp
Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherSoft Skull Press
GenreHorror, Mystery, Fiction, Gothic, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Job of the Wasp

  • Blair
    Right from the start, The Job of the Wasp is utterly disquieting. Everything about it just feels somehow off, though it's difficult to put your finger on exactly what the problem is. Perhaps it's the fact that the story is ostensibly narrated by a boy at boarding school, but nothing about the narrative voice sounds like any child or teenager you have ever encountered. Perhaps it's that the time period and geographical setting are so unclear. Perh...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Imagine Lord of Flies if it were a surreal, gothic ghost story written by Jesse Ball. That's the best way I can describe this bizarre little book.The Job of the Wasp begins with an unnamed narrator showing up at a mysterious facility for orphaned boys. We, the reader, are dropped directly into this strange and eerie world where everything and everyone functions in a peculiar and unreliable manner. This is creepy, this persistent sense of the unkn...
  • Lori
    This was my first date with Colin Winnette, and will most definitely not be my last. I inhaled this book in nearly one sitting. Equal parts Lord of the Flies, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, and Turn of the Screw, we follow an increasingly unreliable and highly paranoid narrator as he becomes confusingly entangled in a series of mysterious murders that take place at a boarding house of sorts for terminally ill and problematic boys (aka the Facilit...
  • Elijah
    Yo holy fuck
  • Ron S
    A Gothic Lord of the Flies filled with comedic horror from a unique voice.
  • Michelle
    I've got to say that I was confused through most of this book. There were glimpses of some good creepy scenes but my mind just couldn't fully grasp what was happening. Maybe it's me. Maybe I just didn't get it. This is well written and other reviewers seem to of enjoyed it so by all means give it a try if it sounds interesting to you. Thank you to Edelweiss for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
  • David Bridges
    A classical feeling goth novel with many other interesting elements. It is part murder mystery within a Lord Of The Flies-style setup. There are orphan boys trying to protect themselves from a perceived haunting and of course, the kid with psychopathic tendencies has risen to the top of their hierarchy. There is more to the story than that though. Our young narrator has just arrived at this crowded boys home and is not only finding it difficult t...
  • Chris Roberts
    The Home for Nonconvertible Boys, children, in drafty rooms, they room,the days, they breathe, now swing down, little brother,comes the night snatching behind you.Chris Roberts, God in Increments
  • Jennifer
    I can't help but wonder "What did I miss?" as I look through the reviews on Goodreads and elsewhere. The book is about an orphanage for young boys and a mysterious set of deaths (accidents? murders? suicides?) and potentially supernatural perpetrators. It seems like it's Lord of the Flies-esque at some parts--a Jack/Ralph battle emerges a bit between the narrator and Anders/Fry. But it's quickly the case that Fry is the leader, so there ends that...
  • Simon
    At the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer", a new film from acclaimed Greek Yorgos Lanthimos, has been all the rage. The slow, weird thriller about a soft-spoken and detached boy at the centre of a horrible incident, it captured people with the intentionally wooden acting, the eerie atmosphere, and the unanswered questions that it never even really presents.Then Colin Winnette wrote a short little book that blows...
  • Zac Smith
    Mysterious and gripping. I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started but I liked it through and through. Macabre, detached, strange, mysterious in all good ways and I read it in like a day, guessing the entire time what was real, what was happening, what the truth was. I felt sympathy with the narrator for guessing at the same thing, which was a fun way to frame it. There are reliable narrators and unreliable narrators, and then there are ...
  • Andy Weston
    Colin Winnette’s Haint’s Stay was one of the highlights of my 2016 reading, a hard hitting coming of age Western in the mould of McCarthy or Lansdale. This is totally different though, perhaps described as quite an English style gothic tale with an element of the supernatural, more with the influence of Henry James or Susan Hill. The setting is a boys’ orphanage, the only building for miles in a dark valley, strangely run by only a Headmast...
  • Donna
    A new boy at a boarding school-like facility lives in a state of paranoia and dislike for the boys around him.This book is strange, gothic-horror, murder mystery, paranoid psychosis, 'they all hate me because they know I'm better than they are' rolled into a short novel. The author does an excellent job with the unreliable narrator - when bodies start showing up, the viewpoint character may have killed them or he may not have. That's a hard balan...
  • Maureen Grigsby
    Strange and sinister. This book is very hard to describe, but suffice to say that the setting is an orphanage filled with adolescent males. Bodies are piling up and who is telling the truth? This novel is sort of a cross between Lord of the Flies, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.
  • Bill Hsu
    Quite the enjoyable rabbit hole to duck into: the narrator's voice, surprising mortalities, and the narrator's entertaining leaps of illogic when confronted with such.
  • Jim
    Exceptionally well-written Gothic tale of loneliness and horror. Is there anything Colin Winnette can't do?
  • Elisa
    Boring and confusing. The "children" speak like literary geniuses (really, "woe" used in casual conversation?) and there is too much internal dialogue. The ending is hardly surprising. At least it's short.
  • Diane S ☔
    Review soon.
  • Taylor Clarke
    A gothic of the highest order. Perhaps not as structurally sound as FEVER DREAM or I'M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS, but the writing, tone, and narration were a dream. Adam Sternbergh just wrote in the NY Times about his ideal subway read - this was mine.
  • Elizabeth Willis
    The Job of the Wasp is a tense, paranoid novel; it’s the kind of book to sink into on a stormy winter night and read in one sitting (preferably while sipping hot tea). Our unnamed narrator arrives at a home for orphaned boys. Rather than a warm welcome, he is greeted by faces that meld together, a disturbingly disinterested headmaster, unknown assailants, and an endless array of corpses that keep popping up at inconvenient times. Part ghost sto...
  • Justin Freeman
    I emailed Colin looking for a copy of Fondly because I couldn't find it in stores or online. He emailed back and asked if I would like to buy a copy from him, and of course, I agreed. When I got the package in the mail there was an advance reading copy of The Job of the Wasp waiting for me as well!The thing I love most about Mr. Winnette is his ability to shift genres while maintaining the quality of his work. From Revelation to Haints Stay, his ...
  • Vernon Luckert
    Writing is good - Story is strange!
  • Toni
    This is a story closely reminiscent of a good number of Poe’s short stories, with the unnamed narrator, a dank and dismal environment, an antagonist who won’t listen to reason, and a discovery of unexpected horrors within. It ends as most Poe tales do, just at the moment when the story is “getting good” and without explaining what happens to the narrator afterward.The dialogue is often too adult sound, almost speech-like and declamatory, ...
  • Roberta Schwartz
    This is the first book I have read by Colin Winnette. As you can see from my rating, I am hooked. He has chosen a genre - gothic horror - and has turned it on its head. We have an unreliable narrator without a name. He is unable to relate to and extend himself in friendship with the other boys at the orphanage/school for boys. He is clearly paranoid, but his stories, alliances and explanations for the increasingly bizarre and horrific happenings ...
  • Angela
    This was an odd ride. Told in a clinical tone of paranoia, the unnamed and probably unreliable narrator arrives at a home for orphaned (?) boys with a gothic boarding school feel. Bodies begin to pile up and he jumps wildly to various conclusions and speculations in an intensely arrogant inner dialogue (arrogant even in long passages rhapsodizing on the missteps he took in both thought and deed) that leaves the reader muddled and uncertain at eve...
  • Rebecca
    I was drawn to this book by the interesting title and premise. I read this book in a single sitting (which I don’t mind) and had a few issues with it: 1. I am disappointed that there wasn’t a moment of true revelation for the reader or even a satisfying cliff hanger 2. The departure from “reality” felt instantaneous rather than a slow descent into madness which is more effective and believable 3. It’s hard to care or fear for characters...
  • Paul
    When a satirist thanks both Henry James and Haley Joel Osment in his acknowledgments, you know he could use a bit of focus. About 60% of "The Job of the Wasp" skewers "Lord of the Flies" about as well as the title promises, as an orphanage full of unsupervised boys degenerates into a mob of prolix, grandiloquent savages. The pudgy, nameless, verbose narrator may even be a postmodern lampoon of Piggy. But Mr. Winnette isn't satisfied with a single...
  • Catherine
    A boy arrives at a “facility,” a type of boarding school, from nowhere in particular. The school itself seems to float in a sort of limbo and even the narrator finds it difficult to identify some of the other characters. As bodies and the question of ghosts start to appear, we get more menace but not more answers. The book is a sort of philosophical horror novel, perhaps on the question of the shifting faces of political evil. While the degre...