Quake

Quake - Richard Laymon This offering by Laymon often felt like three separate books that had been cut apart and shuffled into one volume. True, they all dealt with people in the aftermath of an earthquake, but to me the primary storyline that kicked off the book was the meat of the story and the other two story threads were just not compelling enough to compete for attention with the main plot.
So what you have with this book is a pretty tight and twisted Laymon novella cluttered with a lot of filler. Yes, everything gets shoved together at the end - kind of - but you may want to do yourself a favor and only read the parts of the plot that deal with Stanley and his obsession with the neighbor lady. You won't be missing anything by skipping the other plot lines, I promise.