The Apartment | Book Review

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I received this copy from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Since this book is a rough edit, I’m not allowed to use direct quotes. This book will hit the shelves April 28, 2020!

Author: K.L. Slater
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Page count: 269
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Crime Thriller
Themes: Trust, Love, Paranoia 

My Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Synopsis

This book is about a recently widowed mother, Freya, and her daughter Skye, moving into an apartment that is too good to be true. Freya has nothing to loose and moves-in with her daughter when all of the sudden she hears voices, objects move around the room, and cannot get any rest. It doesn’t help either how she hears bad reputation about the Adder House from past tennants, and neighbors. In this psychological thriller you dive into this The Adams Family kind of tale where you can’t trust anybody. 

Synopsis by the publisher

It’s an opportunity she can’t refuse. The woman before her tried…

Freya Miller needs a miracle. In the fallout of her husband’s betrayal, she’s about to lose her family home, and with it the security she craves for her five-year-old daughter, Skye. Adrift and alone, she’s on the verge of despair until a chance meeting with the charismatic Dr Marsden changes everything. He’s seeking a new tenant for a shockingly affordable flat in a fashionable area of London.

Adder House sounds too good to be true… But Freya really can’t afford to be cynical, and Dr Marsden is adamant she and Skye will be a perfect fit with the other residents.

But Adder House has secrets. Even behind a locked front door, Freya feels as if she’s being watched: objects moving, unfamiliar smells, the blinking light of a concealed camera… and it’s not long before she begins to suspect that her dream home is hiding a nightmarish reality. Was it really chance that led her here—or something unthinkably dark?

As the truth about Adder House starts to unravel, can Freya and Skye get out—or will they be locked in forever?

Spoilers without context: 

Do I recommend this book?

I recommend this book for readers who looking for a fast read. If you read many genres and you want to dive back into a thriller, this is a great start. It’s short, tells a story, keeps you questioning, what the hell is going on. 

I probably wouldn’t recommend this to a die-hard thriller reader. Yes this book is thrilling, but it’s under 300 pages long, and only so much can happen in that short amount of time. For thriller readers, this book is like a sampler to main course. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. It’s a short read. You could finish it one sitting if you’d like. Just make sure you have your next read planned out before you finish it.
  2. It’s a British text. They use single quotations. As an American reader I was bothered by for the first few pages, but after that I was quickly able to transition. 
  3. There will be a few chapters that sound confusing, but it will all make sense in the end. Just push through and read about the story.
  4. The ending is a bit rushed. For those who don’t like rushed endings, this isn’t the tale for you, but in my opinion, the pay off is great.

What I liked about the book:

I liked how the author was able to bring Freya out of the page. The last book I read that had a mother protagonist was American Dirt, and that was a mess. In this book, I was fully able to understand Freya’s motives. 

What I most enjoyed about this book was all the questions that arose while reading the book. Questions like, what the heck is happening? Why her? Don’t you miss him? Could it be this or that? And at the end, all of those questions where answered. It was a satisfying feeling. It felt like I was building puzzle pieces as I was reading the book, and at the end all of those pieces were put together, showing an ending I’ve never read in a book. Maybe there are other books similar to this book, but I hardly read thrillers so I wouldn’t know. But the question of whether this book is fresh or not, nothing takes away the fun I had reading this book, and for that, I appreciate it.

What I didn’t like about the book:

 I didn’t like how this book didn’t feel British. I was in the mood to read a British novel and that feeling didn’t get fulfilled. It did have subtle British notes in the book, but not what I was looking for. 

Will I read more books by this author?

Yes! I loved how even though this book was a short read, I was able to immerse myself into the book and be entertained. 

Do I recommend this book?

I recommend this book for readers who looking for a fast read. If you read many genres and you want to dive back into a thriller, this is a great start. It’s short, tells a story, keeps you questioning, what the hell is going on. 

I probably wouldn’t recommend this to a die-hard thriller reader. Yes this book is thrilling, but it’s under 300 pages long, and only so much can happen in that short amount of time. For thriller readers, this book is like a sampler to main course. 

Things to consider before you choose to read the book:

  1. It’s a short read. You could finish it one sitting if you’d like. Just make sure you have your next read planned out before you finish it.
  2. It’s a British text. They use single quotations. As an American reader I was bothered by for the first few pages, but after that I was quickly able to transition. 
  3. There will be a few chapters that sound confusing, but it will all make sense in the end. Just push through and read about the story.
  4. The ending is a bit rushed. For those who don’t like rushed endings, this isn’t the tale for you, but in my opinion, the pay off is great.

What I liked about the book:

I liked how the author was able to bring Freya out of the page. The last book I read that had a mother protagonist was American Dirt, and that was a mess. In this book, I was fully able to understand Freya’s motives. 

What I most enjoyed about this book was all the questions that arose while reading the book. Questions like, what the heck is happening? Why her? Don’t you miss him? Could it be this or that? And at the end, all of those questions where answered. It was a satisfying feeling. It felt like I was building puzzle pieces as I was reading the book, and at the end all of those pieces were put together, showing an ending I’ve never read in a book. Maybe there are other books similar to this book, but I hardly read thrillers so I wouldn’t know. But the question of whether this book is fresh or not, nothing takes away the fun I had reading this book, and for that, I appreciate it.

What I didn’t like about the book:

 I didn’t like how this book didn’t feel British. I was in the mood to read a British novel and that feeling didn’t get fulfilled. It did have subtle British notes in the book, but not what I was looking for. 

Will I read more books by this author?

Yes! I loved how even though this book was a short read, I was able to immerse myself into the book and be entertained. 

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