Posted in 2021, Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction, Horror Fiction, Jakub Żulczyk, Novel, thriller, Top Books

#TheInstitute by @Jakubzulczyk


From the bestselling author of the book behind the HBO Europe show Blinded by the Lights comes a brand-new claustrophobic mystery thriller that’s taking Europe by storm.

Agnieszka and her flatmates are trapped in her apartment block in the Central Krakow. All windows and doors are sealed, phone lines are down and the Internet is off. Cut off from the world, they find themselves in a strange game played by the mysterious ‘THEY’. Paranoia thickens and tension builds as the chilling and gruesome endgame moves closer.


Whoever you are.


(@Legend_Times_, 28 June 2021, 165 pages, ebook, copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 14 July 2021)




I really enjoyed Blinded by the Lights but haven’t seen the show. I really wanted to take part in the blog tour when I read the blurb. The Institute sounded like a crazy book and right up my street. I loved the book. I’ve read books with a similar premise but none pull it off quite as well as the author does here. The Institute is the kind of book you read having no idea what’s going on and even when you reach the end you still feel clueless but loved it anyway. I had so many questions as I read. Who are THEY? Why have they trapped everyone in the apartment? Will they get out? Things get darker and darker and I read the book on a knife edge, biting my knuckles. I loved the fact the book isn’t tied in a neat little bow at the end. This is a terrific read.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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