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Apartment 16 Kindle Edition
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Some doors are better left closed . . .
In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out. And it has been that way for fifty years. Until the night watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and investigates. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever.
A young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She's been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumours claim Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.
Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building. And the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying . . .
Apartment 16 is another gripping novel full of suspense and horror from Adam Nevill, twice winner of the August Derleth award.
An impeccable slice of modern horror with a traditional sense of dread and unerring "keep the light on" suspense. A new British horror star is forcefully born. Source: Maxim Jakubowski --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
An impeccable slice of modern horror with a traditional sense of dread and unerring "keep the light on" suspense. A new British horror star is forcefully born. Source: Maxim Jakubowski
Not since reading Stephen King’s It has a book managed to instill such a feeling of fear and disquiet in me Source: fantasybookreview.co.uk
A demonstration of what the field of horror is capable of at its very best Source: Black Static --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B003N2QUZ6
- Publisher : Tor; Main Market edition (20 May 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1967 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 481 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #139,231 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #1,513 in Horror (Kindle Store)
- #2,373 in Horror (Books)
- #8,269 in Contemporary Fiction (Kindle Store)
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I often use the words slow burning with Adam Nevill because that’s essentially how the majority of his works play out, he sketches in the macabre and the evil creeping into our world, slowly revealing this ancient, featureless horrors that creak and ooze in only the darkest places. This one is definitely no different in that regard.
The characters here were all pretty good, I’ve worked the night shift in dark old places like Seth and felt the feeling of being trapped working night shifts with little escape. So his side of the story and his descent into madness was interesting. The other main POV being Apryl from where we learn more of the historical background of the characters.
All in all it was brilliant this one, also has some call backs to his first novel as well as some ideas ie puppets he would pick up on later down the line. Excellent and well worth a read.
The story follows the parallel lives of Apryl and Seth, one of the night-staff at the hotel, whose paths don't generally cross. As Apryl delves into her Great Aunt's history and the building's past and begins to unearth strange secrets, she attempts to find the truth from some of the elderly and cantankerous inhabitants of the apartment that knew her Great Aunt. Meanwhile Seth is lured to Apartment 16 by strange nocturnal noises, and eventually starts having visions and conversations with a mysterious hooded boy, before succumbing to an almost possessed art-frenzy, in the style of a Hieronymus Bosch-esqe painter called Hessen who used to live in the apartment.
As their stories begin to come together, Apryl joining a small fanatical almost cult-like group of Hessen appreciators, and Seth converting the walls of his bedsit into a grotto of Hessen imagery, it begins to become clear that what lies in the depths of Apartment 16 that keeps the building's occupants prisoners and slowly drives them mad, is a nightmare of Lovecraftian proportions.
Apartment 16 is a well-written and well paced book that remains pretty original despite clear nods to some works that have gone before it involving buildings and pictures with portals: Lovecraft's " The Picture in the House " and " The Dreams in the Witch House " are two, and films like " Toolbox Murders " with magic-working runes disguised as art painted on each level (itself a film carrying references to Polanski's " The Tenant " whose protagonist is driven crazy by the building's eccentric occupants).
The claustrophobia of the building and its ability to prevent occupants from traveling too far away are vividly portrayed and the book genuinely has a dark, dismal, and sinister feel about it and finishes with a nice twist about another character in the story, and that Lovecraftian note of futility; that some of the story's characters have merely had a lucky escape from something malevolent and much more powerful than them.
Unfortunately, once the writer goes into great detail of the horror, the descriptions can get too much or too confusing or both and that causes it to lose a lot of the fear factor, and sometimes you need to re-read over several of his passages to makes sense of it. I think this is a story, with all the descriptions, would have work better if it was communicated through a visual media like film rather than in book form.
The middle loses a lot of pacing. Some scenes could have been shortened or even omitted. Once scene, with the Hessen's fan club really led to nowhere, it didn't add to the creepiness.
There was also too much revealed too soon, too many times the creature flashed in the corner of your eye that you got desensitised to it and it became mundane by the end of the book.
As for the ending, it didn't feel like an ending, it stopped far too abruptly for me, as if the writer didn't know how to end it properly, all this build up leads to something that is over very quickly, which left you unfilled by the final encounter. And I like happy endings, sad endings, endings where the good guys win and ending where the bad guys win but I wasn't a fan of this ending. It was unfulfilling.
Basically, it's a book that had a great, strong start, lots of promise, but slowed down and ended weakly.