The Apartment
They say every cloud has a silver lining. . .When Freya Miller is struck by tragedy, losing her husband and her home within a short time, she is burdened with many worries. The main one being where she and her five-year old daughter, Skye, are going to live. A chance meeting with the charismatic Dr. Marsden changes all that. He offers the young mother the most amazing opportunity; an apartment at one of London's most exclusive addresses for a fraction of the market rental cost. It's an offer Freya simply can't refuse. Within a couple of weeks, Freya and Skye are moving into Adder House and meeting the other welcoming residents. They very quickly feel part of the family.But just when Freya truly believes all her problems are history, a series of strange, unexplained occurrences begin. It leaves Freya with the unshakeable feeling that even when their apartment door is securely locked, she and her daughter are not alone. Freya thought she'd left all her troubles behind her yet she soon realizes there are problems here that are far more terrifying than before. For behind the doors of Adder House, everything is most definitely not as it seems.Old secrets refuse to stay buried and someone is determined to keep a terrible past, very much alive.About the author:Kim is the million-copy best-selling author of eight standalone psychological crime thrillers. At the age of 40 Kim went back to university and now holds an MA in Creative Writing. Kim is a full-time writer and lives with her husband in Nottingham. She enjoys traveling, eating out, is an avid film fan and most of all, she loves reading across genres.©2018 K.L. Slater (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

The Apartment Details

TitleThe Apartment
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 29th, 2019
PublisherAudible Studios
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Audiobook, Psychological Thriller

The Apartment Review

  • Holly B
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this psychological thriller and the setting of the creepy, atmospheric Adder House Apartments.The wonderful narrator added tension and drama with some descriptions of strange things happening at the apartment. Some of the residents had a touch of " Adams Family" creepiness to them... snap,snapThe ending didn't completely work for me, but was entertaining and kept me guessing. Recommend for fans of lighter psychological thrillers and fans of this author.I purchased this one through I enjoyed this psychological thriller and the setting of the creepy, atmospheric Adder House Apartments.The wonderful narrator added tension and drama with some descriptions of strange things happening at the apartment. Some of the residents had a touch of " Adams Family" creepiness to them... snap,snapThe ending didn't completely work for me, but was entertaining and kept me guessing. Recommend for fans of lighter psychological thrillers and fans of this author.I purchased this one through Audible.
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  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    This is another devouring with few bites, finishing at one sit, quick, fast pacing and exciting page-turner!The formulation is basic: A character suffering from tragic lost feels hopeless as she finds a solution to her problems which is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! There are too many neon lights flashing through her walk warning her RUN AWAY WITHOUT LOOKING BACK! but here we go: She is trapped, she is gaslighted and now she worries about her own mental health! Is she turning into a paranoid?Yes. Im This is another devouring with few bites, finishing at one sit, quick, fast pacing and exciting page-turner!The formulation is basic: A character suffering from tragic lost feels hopeless as she finds a solution to her problems which is TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! There are too many neon lights flashing through her walk warning her “RUN AWAY WITHOUT LOOKING BACK!” but here we go: She is trapped, she is gaslighted and now she worries about her own mental health! Is she turning into a paranoid?Yes. I’m talking about dear Freya, after losing her husband, taking care of her five years of daughter by her own cannot afford a proper apartment till charming Dr. Marsden makes an offer she cannot refuse (I know Godfather’s theme start to ring in your ears! Another alarm bell warns Freya to wear her running shoes ASAP!) But her judgment is already by her despair. She cannot think it clearly. If she refuses to rent Adder house with this very low price, she will live at streets but her daughter and her security always comes first. So she says “yes!”But let me say that Dr. and Mrs. Marsden likes to involve their tenants’ lives way too much than they expected. And Freya is tougher and braver than I think because she is determined to go as far as she can to find out the truth hiding behind Adder House. Overall: One of my fastest reads. I was expecting something more soul crushing at the end of the book but it was still pleasing and satisfying. This is not definitely one of my Switzerland-let’s meet in the middle readings but it was not also “wow! It shook me to the cores” kind of book so let’s give 3.5 stars and round them up to 4 stars!Special thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for sharing this entertaining ARC in exchange my honest review.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    If it appears to be too good to be true - it's not. Freya Miller is scrambling at the beginning of the book. Her husband, who left her for another woman, passed away. Freya has sold her home and paid off their combined debt. Now she must find a place for her and her five-year-old daughter, Skye to live. As luck would have it, she is approached by a man, Dr. Marsden in a coffee shop who just happens to have a small apartment for rent. Even better, rent is based on the individual's ability to pay. If it appears to be too good to be true - it's not. Freya Miller is scrambling at the beginning of the book. Her husband, who left her for another woman, passed away. Freya has sold her home and paid off their combined debt. Now she must find a place for her and her five-year-old daughter, Skye to live. As luck would have it, she is approached by a man, Dr. Marsden in a coffee shop who just happens to have a small apartment for rent. Even better, rent is based on the individual's ability to pay.Soon Freya and Skye have moved into Adder house and are welcomed by the other residents. But soon, things begin to feel strange. Freya begins to feel as if someone has been in her home, things have been moved, and her landlords make her uneasy.Although I enjoyed the book, the ending was less than satisfying for me. Plus, this book had me wanting to know more about how Freya's husband died, etc. There were some things that were not resolved- for me that was one of them. Freya and her daughter Skye are both likable characters and I felt for their plight. There is a rising amount of tension in the book as things begin to become creepier and more sinister. For me, this was a fast, absorbing read until I got to the end. Then I felt a letdown. Something was just missing in this for me. Thank you to Amazon Publishing UK and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    He knew who Freya was when he targeted her at Starbucks and offered her an apartment at Adder House.He knew that her husband had recently passed away, and that she had a five year old daughter, named Skye. He knew her whole sorry tale and that as a single Mum with limited means, that she would be easy prey. But WHY does he want them to be the next residents to live on the top floor? This book was very reminiscent of Riley Sagers Lock Every Door to me...substituting the lovely Adder House for the He knew who Freya was when he targeted her at Starbucks and offered her an apartment at Adder House.He knew that her husband had recently passed away, and that she had a five year old daughter, named Skye. He knew her “whole sorry tale” and that as a single Mum with limited means, that she would be easy prey. But WHY does he want them to be the next residents to live on the top floor? This book was very reminiscent of Riley Sager’s “Lock Every Door” to me...substituting the lovely Adder House for the Bartholomew and its gargoyles. Both had quirky residents who had to be “approved” prior to move-in, carefully selected for a sinister reason. I enjoyed the relationship between Freya and her daughter, and was engaged with the story the entire time, as I tried to determine where this tale was going. But, when it was all said and done, the ending left me wanting...I didn’t quite buy it. And, too many other subplots were left with unanswered questions. So my 4 stars, dropped to 3. Thank You to NetGalley, Thomas and Mercer and Kim Slater for the digital ARC, I received in exchange for a candid review! This book will be released on April 28, 2020 and can be pre-ordered now!
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Freya has sold her house because she has lost her husband. She is not looking forward to living with her five year old daughter in a friends spare room. A chance meeting in a coffee shop with a retired doctor gets her an apartment in an upmarket house for very little rent. She accepts the apartment but she is sure that this must be too good to be true.A psychological thriller that gave me flashbacks of Rosemarys Baby.The tension built from chapter to Chaper and I didnt not want to put this book Freya has sold her house because she has lost her husband. She is not looking forward to living with her five year old daughter in a friends spare room. A chance meeting in a coffee shop with a retired doctor gets her an apartment in an upmarket house for very little rent. She accepts the apartment but she is sure that this must be too good to be true.A psychological thriller that gave me flashbacks of Rosemary’s Baby.The tension built from chapter to Chaper and I didn’t not want to put this book down.Thank you to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    3-4 stars rounded up. This is an intriguing novel which keeps you thinking until the end. Freya Millers life is in a state of terrible flux after her husband Lewis left her and subsequently died. She has a five year old daughter Skye to provide for, she has to sell the family home and shes now financially stretched. She receives an unexpected and welcome offer of a very cut price apartment in stunning Adder House in Kensington and close to Hyde Park Corner. This is a very desirable and expensive 3-4 stars rounded up. This is an intriguing novel which keeps you thinking until the end. Freya Millers life is in a state of terrible flux after her husband Lewis left her and subsequently died. She has a five year old daughter Skye to provide for, she has to sell the family home and she’s now financially stretched. She receives an unexpected and welcome offer of a very cut price apartment in stunning Adder House in Kensington and close to Hyde Park Corner. This is a very desirable and expensive part of London and no way could she afford this if she pays market value. Though she feels some twinges of unease the offer is too good to refuse and she’s out of options in reality. So she quells and suppresses any anxiety and moves in with Skye. The story is told by Freya in the present day and backtracks to the story of her husband and is interspersed with a journal from 1902 by Beatrice Barger whose son Douglas is a case study at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. How do these seemingly disparate storylines connect? It’s only towards the end of the book the surprising connection is revealed. The story is well written, you feel Freya’s loss, the deep love for her daughter and her frissons of anxiety about the house and it’s occupants. There is a good amount of tension and some of the characters convey a real sense of unease. The plot builds well with a growing number of strange events that almost tips Freya over the edge. Freya is likeable and you admire the lengths she goes to in order to discover the truth about Adder House and the people who also live there. The end is a tad convoluted and possibly a bit barking but it’s different and that’s a positive thing!!! I did get a bit fed up of Freya’s overuse of the term ‘poppet’ at the end of every conversation with Skye. I’d have been very happy to have seen a ‘sweetheart’ or even ‘munchkin’ just to ring the changes!!! Overall, an enjoyable and easy read that keeps you interested. Ps. Since the story is set in July the cherry tree at Adder House would not have had blossom and made living confetti for Skye. Just saying!!! Many thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing for the arc.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    I love the writing of Kim Slater and enjoy the consistently high standard of writing. Her books are punchy and instantly grip you normally in my experience are read in one or two sittings. Well yet again that was the case with this one and was instantly pulled in by the creepy psychological thriller that had so many excellent characters and I am sure this will prove to be another best selling novel.Freya Miller is a single mother who on losing her husband very soon lost her home leaving her and I love the writing of Kim Slater and enjoy the consistently high standard of writing. Her books are punchy and instantly grip you normally in my experience are read in one or two sittings. Well yet again that was the case with this one and was instantly pulled in by the creepy psychological thriller that had so many excellent characters and I am sure this will prove to be another best selling novel.Freya Miller is a single mother who on losing her husband very soon lost her home leaving her and her 5 year old daughter Skye potentially homeless. A strange off chance meeting with a Dr. Marsden gives her fresh hope. He offers Freya an unbelievable opportunity to move into an exclusive house in London at a price she can afford. Very soon Freya and Skye have moved in to the apartment in Adder House and are made to feel very welcome by the other residents. Is this too good to be true? Freya starts to experience some strange happenings, leaving her feeling uneasy. Freya begins to think that there are some hidden secrets that may affect both her and Skye. for both Adder House and its residence are not as they appear.I loved this book and thought the characters were excellent. A creepy psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, works for me.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Amazon Publishing for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tammie
    January 1, 1970
    The Apartment, a psychological thriller, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around main character Freya-a woman with a young daughter that is down on her luck after the recent passing of her husband. After a chance meeting with a stranger (Dr. Marsden), she is given a change to live in Adder House-a beautiful apartment building for relatively low rent. Everything seems too good to be true, until it is not. After moving into Adder House, strange occurrences start happening in Freyas The Apartment, a psychological thriller, was a solid 4 stars. The book centers around main character Freya-a woman with a young daughter that is “down on her luck” after the recent passing of her husband. After a chance meeting with a stranger (Dr. Marsden), she is given a change to live in Adder House-a beautiful apartment building for relatively low rent. Everything seems too good to be true, until it is not. After moving into Adder House, strange occurrences start happening in Freya’s apartment-such as hearing voices and furniture being moved around. Is the apartment building haunted or something more sinister going on?!?! No spoilers but The Apartment is definitely a creepy read and I throughly enjoyed the storyline. A fast paced book that is highly recommend to fans that enjoy fiction, psychological thrillers and darker theme books. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Andrea Pole
    January 1, 1970
    The Apartment by K.L. Slater is a solid psychological thriller that certainly kept me engaged throughout, although I will say that, for me, this one lacked some of the author's usual compelling and meaty substance. I am always anxious to dive into a new thriller from the incomparable Ms Slater, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that I found this one to fall somewhat short, if only because the author has previously raised the bar so very high.Freya and her young daughter Skye cannot believe The Apartment by K.L. Slater is a solid psychological thriller that certainly kept me engaged throughout, although I will say that, for me, this one lacked some of the author's usual compelling and meaty substance. I am always anxious to dive into a new thriller from the incomparable Ms Slater, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that I found this one to fall somewhat short, if only because the author has previously raised the bar so very high.Freya and her young daughter Skye cannot believe their luck when an apartment is offered to them at a ridiculously low rent at a time when Freya is struggling to make ends meet. The offer seems too good to be true and, well, you know how the rest of that line goes. This is a quick, enjoyable read that will hold your interest until the end.Many thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for this ARC.
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  • Lia (booksnpenguins)
    January 1, 1970
    ARC requested on and provided by NetGalley.I'm really curious about reading something by this author. I've heard very good things about her.
  • Ruthy lavin
    January 1, 1970
    I have read some work from K L Slater previously and enjoyed it, so I was thrilled to be loaned this new book by Netgalley.Although the story is gripping and well researched, there was something lacking for me.It had the ability to be so much creepier and atmospheric than it was, and unfortunately it was quite predictable from the first chapter. I read it in one sleepless night so it isnt too taxing and if youre looking for a quick thrilling read, its perfect. I have read some work from K L Slater previously and enjoyed it, so I was thrilled to be loaned this new book by Netgalley.Although the story is gripping and well researched, there was something lacking for me.It had the ability to be so much creepier and atmospheric than it was, and unfortunately it was quite predictable from the first chapter. I read it in one sleepless night so it isn’t too taxing and if you’re looking for a quick thrilling read, it’s perfect.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Freya Miller has had a horrible year. After losing her husband, Freya's only remaining family is her five year old daughter, Skye - something which is caused by various factors and about which we learn more throughout the book. Now financial concerns have her desperately looking for an apartment they can afford, and they need to move in ASAP. Freya is unemployed so finding an apartment within her means is a challenge. But fate suddenly appears to smile on them when she meets Dr. Marsden who is Freya Miller has had a horrible year. After losing her husband, Freya's only remaining family is her five year old daughter, Skye - something which is caused by various factors and about which we learn more throughout the book. Now financial concerns have her desperately looking for an apartment they can afford, and they need to move in ASAP. Freya is unemployed so finding an apartment within her means is a challenge. But fate suddenly appears to smile on them when she meets Dr. Marsden who is looking for a new tenant for an apartment at one of London's most exclusive addresses. When he offers to rent it to them for a fraction of the market rental value, Freya can't refuse. Soon Freya and Skye have moved into Adder House, begun making friends and enjoying their new posh residence. It feels like life is taking a turn for the better, finally. But then a number of unsettling things begin happening, both in and out of Adder House, that leave Freya wondering if their "perfect" new home is perhaps far from safe.The Apartment is a fast-paced psychological suspense novel that easily kept my attention. Despite a relatively small cast of characters there are still plenty of options for suspects.The book aptly demonstrates that humans can be (and have been) victims of our own progress if we don't place concern for fellow humans at the top of the list. 3.5 Stars Content Warnings: SPOILER child abuse; psychological experimentation conducted by medical personnel and otherwise END SPOILERThank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC. The opinions in this review are honest and my own.
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  • Jaine
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I read from the author but I must say that it let me down. I was expecting a lot from this but it's just okay to me. The flow of the story is good. I am so curious as to what really happens in the apartment and that's what help me to push through and read more about it. I also don't like how the author just include a really out of this place Point of View of the past. It definitely confuse me as to who is this Point of View. It's one of the reason the book was off to me.I This is the first book I read from the author but I must say that it let me down. I was expecting a lot from this but it's just okay to me. The flow of the story is good. I am so curious as to what really happens in the apartment and that's what help me to push through and read more about it. I also don't like how the author just include a really out of this place Point of View of the past. It definitely confuse me as to who is this Point of View. It's one of the reason the book was off to me.I also don't like the fact that everything is explained in the end. All at once. I am not really into stories like that because it leaves me unsatisfied. I like plots that slowly explains the situation but still leave a huge revelation at the ending of the book. The ending is meh for me. I am not a huge fan.Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer/Amazon Publishing UKFull review coming soon on my blog https://www.inkly.in
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  • Rachel Bridgeman
    January 1, 1970
    Its a very obvious thing to say, but I dont think it can be overlooked, the narrator makes or breaks an audiobook.Tuppence Middleton knocks it out of the water with this incredible Audible Original , taking on roles from a child,to an American wet nurse,to male doctors, to the elderly residents of Adder House and has you hanging on every word.A slow burner of a listen, you already are tense with anticipation as you listen to Freya narrate the circumstances that have brought her to live in Adder It’s a very obvious thing to say, but I don’t think it can be overlooked, the narrator makes or breaks an audiobook.Tuppence Middleton knocks it out of the water with this incredible Audible Original , taking on roles from a child,to an American wet nurse,to male doctors, to the elderly residents of Adder House and has you hanging on every word.A slow burner of a listen, you already are tense with anticipation as you listen to Freya narrate the circumstances that have brought her to live in Adder House and you are just waiting for the shoe to drop. And in doing so, you are at risk of losing sight of the details and the fact that getting to know Skye and Freya increases your emotional attachment to them and then when things become intensely creepy, the involvement is so much the deeper and the effect spine chilling!Especially when diaries of the house’s previous residents appear and you find out about what happened before the death of Freya’s husband-part of the reason for her move is to avoid having to walk past the house of her husband, Lewis’s mistress, on a daily basis.Freya is a greiving widow, comounded with having to leave her house and worrying how to deal with her daughter’s grief as well as her own. The offer of the apartment in Adder House is not only timely but too good to be true-what is Dr Marsden after and why? The creepiness is dialled up to 11 as things start happening and you start talking back at the audiobook going ‘No! Don’t do that!’ and ‘What? What is going on?’ Thankfully no one is around to observe this..yikes!Such as when a beautifully wrapped gift basket arrives for all the children in Skye’s class, announces that she will be leaving soon-news to Skye and her horrified and upset friends. At the age of 5 this is a massive issue and incredibly upsetting. It does not seem like a big issue but it undermines the smooth transition that Freya is trying to effect as she prepares to move into Adder House.Who did it?Who has an ulterior motive in their move and why?What dark secrets are hidden in the walls of Adder House and will the intervention of psychologist best friend Brenna (apologies if that is spelt wrong, I wasn’t sure of that as I am listening) be swift enough to extricate Freya and Skye? This is a fabulous story, the first I have read by KL Slater (for shame!) and will absolutely not be the last.The sense of menace is powerfully conjured and now I am desperate to know what the real story behind ‘The Apartment ‘ is about!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I made the mistake of starting this on an evening. Once I started, I became so hooked that I couldnt put it down until I finished it.You know the old saying that if something is to good to be true, then it probably is? This is the case for Freya and her daughter Skye. I couldnt blame her for making the decision to take a stranger up on his offer, especially when the flat is extremely great value for money.As Freya and her daughter get settled in, I started to feel uncomfortable. You just know I made the mistake of starting this on an evening. Once I started, I became so hooked that I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.You know the old saying that if something is to good to be true, then it probably is? This is the case for Freya and her daughter Skye. I couldn’t blame her for making the decision to take a stranger up on his offer, especially when the flat is extremely great value for money.As Freya and her daughter get settled in, I started to feel uncomfortable. You just know something is going to go wrong. In my mind I was giving all the tenants in Adder House the third degree. Were they as they seem at face value or is something sinister lurking underneath?Obviously you have to read this novel for yourself to see what exactly happens and as to just who is behind the strange going on’s in Freya and Skye’s new home. I loved Freya and Skye’s characters. It always helps when you have characters that are likeable and both of these are. Especially little Skye as she is adorable.The Apartment is a story I fell straight into and couldn’t get back out of until the conclusion. I was hooked on this suspenseful read that had me frantically turning the pages to see what was going to happen next. It really is an addictive read that has you second guessing everything. Absolutely loved it!My thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    When your dreams turn into nightmares....Freya has so many problems-from her husband cheating, to his leaving, to his death and now this...She's about to lose her home.Lucky for her Dr. Marsden is in need of a tenant at the 'Adder House.'Sounds simple enough, Right?!You know KL Slater isn't going to end there - Come on now!Remember when you used to think (for those who were married) if only I could get him/her to follow orders, to do as told without complaint, to finish a project to completion? When your dreams turn into nightmares....Freya has so many problems-from her husband cheating, to his leaving, to his death and now this...She's about to lose her home.Lucky for her Dr. Marsden is in need of a tenant at the 'Adder House.'Sounds simple enough, Right?!You know KL Slater isn't going to end there - Come on now!Remember when you used to think (for those who were married) if only I could get him/her to follow orders, to do as told without complaint, to finish a project to completion?Ok, maybe it's just me- but here me out- what if someone can be made or shall we say conditioned to do something-like Pavlov's experiment!Well, folks this is one of those off the wall, hand me the keys you ain't driving in this mess- sort of books and it's superb.I read many reviews and I have no darn clue what they were reading but for me this hit the spot like a good cup of cocoa.Keep in mind this isn't just about Freya -oh no sir!- she has her daughter Skye (5yo) with her so it's a nutty situation made worse through the past experiments and even a discovery of a diary.Oh, if the darn walls could just talk...I don't rate books based on fluffy likeable characters as I could care less since it's about the writing, the plot, the way in which I enter and exit the book.Will this book be memorable? Will you care after your finished?You sure should and I for one loved it all.The mix of psych, science, and plain old thrills with a madman scientist at the helm was just PERFECT!Who knows what might happen but be careful because you never know when you might be in the 'camera's eye.'I'm off for now- Till we meet again my friends! Keep reading!
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  • Inês
    January 1, 1970
    welcome to adder house. i'd like to take a moment to thank netgalley and the publisher for an arc. i would also like to thank my parents for instilling the following belief in me: when something seems too good to be true, it's because it is. i believe freya, our main character, could definitely confirm. freya has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an apartment in kensington for a surprisingly low rent. almost immediately, though, freya notices that something is off. welcome to adder house. i'd like to take a moment to thank netgalley and the publisher for an arc. i would also like to thank my parents for instilling the following belief in me: when something seems too good to be true, it's because it is. i believe freya, our main character, could definitely confirm. freya has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in an apartment in kensington for a surprisingly low rent. almost immediately, though, freya notices that something is off.is it possible to enjoy and, simultaneously, not enjoy a plot? i'll try to explain. i really loved the circumstances and life at adder house. i just think it would've been a lot more interesting for another type of thriller. the setting was perfect. the characters were perfect. the plot, however, not so much.while there was never really a moment where i could say i didn't enjoy reading this, this is definitely one of those thrillers that you can just feel getting more and more intense as you fly through the pages. it's like the build-up around you becomes unbearable. which is maybe why i was left sitting there, when it ended, in disbelief that there hadn't been more. (view spoiler)[i also didn't particularly enjoy the relation to the past and how it connected to the story. the revelations just make the plot seem.. absurd. and how does slater finish this book without shedding light into the death of freya's husband?! it's a whole plot line that leads nowhere. (hide spoiler)].so, overall, the pace, setting and characters were pretty great. the plot, sadly, is inexcusable.
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  • Gillian Moore
    January 1, 1970
    The Apartment by K.L Slater Thanks @netgalley @klslaterauthor and @amazonpublishing for my arcPublication date 28th April 2020This is by far one of the creepiest books I have ever read. I love K.L Slater and have read and loved everything she has ever written. This book though is in a league of its own. I absolutely raced through it in one night, staying up ridiculously late to finish. Thank goodness its the weekend 🙃. The book follows Freya who is struggling and at a sudden crossroads in her The Apartment by K.L Slater Thanks @netgalley @klslaterauthor and @amazonpublishing for my arcPublication date 28th April 2020•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••This is by far one of the creepiest books I have ever read. I love K.L Slater and have read and loved everything she has ever written. This book though is in a league of its own. I absolutely raced through it in one night, staying up ridiculously late to finish. Thank goodness it’s the weekend 🙃. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••The book follows Freya who is struggling and at a sudden crossroads in her life following the death of her husband Lewis. She has to sell her family home and find somewhere to live with her young daughter and she has to do it fast. A chance meeting with Dr Marsden in a coffee shop offers Freya and Skye the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to rent an apartment in the prestigious Adder House, owned by the Doctor, at a reasonable rate seems far too good to be true. What happens after Freya and Skye move in? You’ll have to read for yourself. All I can say is be prepared for one hell of a crazy ride. Amazing and dark. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    I adore K.L slaters style of writing being in the first person and she reminds me so much of Shalini Boland in her style of writing. The apartment is a number one read for all thriller lovers, After Freyas husband dies her world and her security is turned upside down, she can no longer afford to live in her home and has to urgently find herself and her young daughter Skye a new home, While in a coffee shops she is approached by a charming Dr Marsden who offers her an opportunity of a lifetime to I adore K.L slaters style of writing being in the first person and she reminds me so much of Shalini Boland in her style of writing. The apartment is a number one read for all thriller lovers, After Freya’s husband dies her world and her security is turned upside down, she can no longer afford to live in her home and has to urgently find herself and her young daughter Skye a new home, While in a coffee shops she is approached by a charming Dr Marsden who offers her an opportunity of a lifetime to live in one of the most prestigious areas in London called Adder house, Freya jumps are the opportunity and can’t believe her luck that she has been given a chance to live in such a beautiful building, however she soon realises that Adder house and the quirky residents that live within is not all that is seems, the residents and Adder house itself seems to be hiding secrets some of which could be deadly.... A gripping and addictive read for all. I throughly enjoyed and raced through this in a short period, A big thank you to netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    I love the writing of Kim Slater and enjoy the consistently high standard of writing. Her books are punchy and instantly grip you normally in my experience are read in one or two sittings. Well yet again that was the case with this one and was instantly pulled in by the creepy psychological thriller that had so many excellent characters and I am sure this will prove to be another best selling novel.Freya Miller is a single mother who on losing her husband very soon lost her home leaving her and I love the writing of Kim Slater and enjoy the consistently high standard of writing. Her books are punchy and instantly grip you normally in my experience are read in one or two sittings. Well yet again that was the case with this one and was instantly pulled in by the creepy psychological thriller that had so many excellent characters and I am sure this will prove to be another best selling novel.Freya Miller is a single mother who on losing her husband very soon lost her home leaving her and her 5 year old daughter Skye potentially homeless. A strange off chance meeting with a Dr. Marsden gives her fresh hope. He offers Freya an unbelievable opportunity to move into an exclusive house in London at a price she can afford. Very soon Freya and Skye have moved in to the apartment in Adder House and are made to feel very welcome by the other residents. Is this too good to be true? Freya starts to experience some strange happenings, leaving her feeling uneasy. Freya begins to think that there are some hidden secrets that may affect both her and Skye. for both Adder House and its residence are not as they appear.I loved this book and thought the characters were excellent. A creepy psychological thriller that keeps you guessing, works for me.I would like to thank both Net Galley and Amazon Publishing for supplying a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Simon
    January 1, 1970
    An Author with a PlanK L Slater has a clear pacing to her thrillers which tend for the most part to be actually relatively gentle dramas that steadily ramp up until the end where they do kick off just a little. It's a formula that sometimes works for me, and at others it's been a bit of a damp squib despite her high quality writing. From near the off though this one just has a little bit more of an edge to it including ominous cutbacks to seemingly benign psychological experiments that took An Author with a PlanK L Slater has a clear pacing to her thrillers which tend for the most part to be actually relatively gentle dramas that steadily ramp up until the end where they do kick off just a little. It's a formula that sometimes works for me, and at others it's been a bit of a damp squib despite her high quality writing. From near the off though this one just has a little bit more of an edge to it including ominous cutbacks to seemingly benign psychological experiments that took place decades ago.A single mum, Freya, and her daughter, Skye, seem to have hit the jackpot when the eccentric Dr Marsden invites them to rent an appartment at the plush Adder House for a very low rent. Naturally not all is as it seems and through a series of increasingly disturbing incidents makes her question the nature of her new home.For the thriller genre it's mostly fairly mild stuff but it's well-written, thoughtfully paced and the charmingly named Tuppence Middleton is mostly a very smooth narrator. I say mostly because the voice that she uses for the young Skye is almost certainly going to annoy some people, it is just a little sickly sweet If you listen to the audio sample there is an example just near the end of it.By the end though I felt quite content with the book and it's definitely a step up from one or two of the others that I have read from this author recently. In this genre It's a pint of mild rather than a snakebite with whiskey chaser but as is often the case with Slater it bares some teeth at the end.
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  • Ella Star
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Something was missing for me.I was slightly disappointed by this read which drew me in with the stunning cover. I'd heard of KL Slater before and I know she's quite popular, so I was excited to give The Apartment a go.Unfortunately I had a few problems with this book. I didn't find any of the characters likeable (not even Skye - oops) and I struggled with the plot working out so neatly. However, it was very atmospheric and I enjoyed the setting very much.Would I recommend? Maybe, if 3.5 stars. Something was missing for me.I was slightly disappointed by this read which drew me in with the stunning cover. I'd heard of KL Slater before and I know she's quite popular, so I was excited to give The Apartment a go.Unfortunately I had a few problems with this book. I didn't find any of the characters likeable (not even Skye - oops) and I struggled with the plot working out so neatly. However, it was very atmospheric and I enjoyed the setting very much.Would I recommend? Maybe, if you're not a very demanding fan of thrillers. But I prefer authors like Shari Lapena and even Gillian Flynn to this writing style. I would, however, love to read more books from this author.
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  • Melissa In The City
    January 1, 1970
    I love a good K.L Slater book but this one fell flat for me. I was bored from about 10% in until the end. I wanted to love it because a story about a creepy apartment usually rocks my world. The characters were so unlikable and I was actually getting so annoyed with Freya. I think the author could have made this MUCH creepier and thrilling.I wish the author nothing but success and I apologize that this book wasn't for me.
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  • Sneha
    January 1, 1970
    Eerily similar to Lock Every Door. This books has nothing new to offer if you have read Riley Sager's novel. Same premise and similar denoument. Whereas there the reason was forced transplantation here it was psychological experimentation. Also, the characters were too cliched. I easily saw who the "evil" person was going to be. Avoidable if you have read Lock Every Door.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book.
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  • ABookishRainbowSanctuary
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it That may be because Im very familiar with the inspiration of this story 😝😝 Yes we actually did get some interesting results from the horribly unethical studies back in the day but, weve been able to work on those in and not only create safer studies for our participants, but ask and answer questions that adds to what we learned from them. Yes, Im a research enthusiast 👏 Loved this story, the characters were intriguing, I talked to myself a lot on the drive home from work listening to Loved it 🥳 That may be because I’m very familiar with the inspiration of this story 😝😝 Yes we actually did get some interesting results from the horribly unethical studies back in the day but, we’ve been able to work on those in and not only create safer studies for our participants, but ask and answer questions that adds to what we learned from them. Yes, I’m a research enthusiast 👏 Loved this story, the characters were intriguing, I talked to myself a lot on the drive home from work listening to this. And the gasping 😂 Weren’t the Marsdens great. I ended up wishing I lived in the Adder house 🤣😝 Narrator was a 4/5
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  • Hannah Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    This was a really enjoyable and quick read. I had no idea where the story would go so was hooked on finding out how it ends. Freya and her daughter Skye move into Adder House after a chance meeting with the owner, Dr Marsden. Strange things start to happen and the whole thing becomes really creepy. Is the house safe or has she made a big mistake? I sat up to 1am to find out! Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Hayley
    January 1, 1970
    The Apartment is such an unsettling novel that follows Freya and her young daughter Skye. Freya is dealing with losing her husband and is trying to get life back on track for the sake of her daughter so when shes offered a wonderful apartment for a fraction of the rent youd expect it to cost she jumps at the chance. Things are perhaps not all they seem though!I loved this audio book! I was on edge from the beginning of this book the way that Dr Marsden approaches Freya seemingly out of nowhere The Apartment is such an unsettling novel that follows Freya and her young daughter Skye. Freya is dealing with losing her husband and is trying to get life back on track for the sake of her daughter so when she’s offered a wonderful apartment for a fraction of the rent you’d expect it to cost she jumps at the chance. Things are perhaps not all they seem though!I loved this audio book! I was on edge from the beginning of this book – the way that Dr Marsden approaches Freya seemingly out of nowhere to offer her this amazing apartment at low rent set my nerves jangling! It seems way too good to be true and I would have run a mile! Having said that I have never found myself in Freya’s situation and I could absolutely see why she accepted this offer. She has a young child and nowhere to call home, and this apartment is perfect and in a great location for them. I really liked Freya and Skye from the off and was really rooting for them to be okay.There is a real uneasiness in the apartment block, something just doesn’t feel right as you’re reading but I couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Each of the other occupants seem a little unusual, even though they are perfectly pleasant to Freya, but then that can happen when you move somewhere new and don’t know anyone. I certainly couldn’t work out what was going on or who was going to turn out to be the bad guy, The Apartment certainly kept me on my toes.I was pleased for Freya when a young family moves into the apartment block and she becomes friendly with them. It seems like she might finally be feeling at home and that things might be all going to work out fine. Unfortunately for Freya the slightly unnerving things that have been happening ever since she moved in slowly begin to ramp up and she doesn’t know where to turn. I really felt for her because her two closest friends had been suspicious of her moving into this apartment but she went ahead anyway and is then left feeling like she can’t tell them that they may have been right.The tension is there in The Apartment from the beginning and it slowly ratchets up in a way that is so unnerving. Then there is a point when things begin to move at a pace and I was on the edge of my seat listening and hoping that nothing bad was going to happen to Freya or Skye. It was so tense that I was holding my breath! The reveals when they come are shocking, I had my suspicions about some of the people and some of the situations but I couldn’t have imagined the entirety of what the apartment was all about. The fact that it’s based on a true story just adds to the already heightened tension that grows throughout.Tuppence Middleton is such a great narrator and really made all the character’s voices distinctive and added to the growing sense of tension that grows throughout the novel. I’ll definitely look out for more audiobooks narrated by her in the future.The Apartment is incredibly tense, unnerving and unputdownable! I was listening to this book in every spare minute that I had because I simply had to know what was happening and if Freya and Skye were going to be alright! I highly recommend this audiobook!This review was originally posted on my blog https://rathertoofondofbooks.com
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  • Angie Dokos
    January 1, 1970
    This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is great. I love the twist! Not very often that I get surprised, so I really enjoyed this one. I knew it couldnt be how it was leading me to believe but I was shocked when it was revealed. This was a great psychological thriller, in my opinion. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is great. I love the twist! Not very often that I get surprised, so I really enjoyed this one. I knew it couldn’t be how it was leading me to believe but I was shocked when it was revealed. This was a great psychological thriller, in my opinion.
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  • Crystal Hiatt
    January 1, 1970
    This was a real page turner. In fact, I finished it in one sitting. The diary entries and tape recordings were particularly intriguing, and I wanted to keep reading to see how they tied in with the rest of the story. There was a lot of build up and mystery to the events of the book, and I found the resolution fascinating. That being said, as much as I liked this book and love K.L. Slater, I had to give this one a 3. This was a rather short book and could have done with more narration. There were This was a real page turner. In fact, I finished it in one sitting. The diary entries and tape recordings were particularly intriguing, and I wanted to keep reading to see how they tied in with the rest of the story. There was a lot of build up and mystery to the events of the book, and I found the resolution fascinating. That being said, as much as I liked this book and love K.L. Slater, I had to give this one a 3. This was a rather short book and could have done with more narration. There were certain aspects of the novel that weren't fully fleshed out, and I was left at a loss at the end because of it. (view spoiler)[ Of particular note is the death of Freya's husband. It seemed to be a conveniently timed death and therefore mysterious. However, nothing came of it and the reader was never disclosed how he in fact died. There were other instances of things/events being skimmed over and not fully realized, but this one was the biggest for me. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Joann
    January 1, 1970
    I've not read many of K. L. Slater books but this was a pretty darn good mystery and I enjoyed it. The only problem I had with it, was that the ending seemed bit rushed. All through the book, you are kept on your toes as you know something sinister is going on in the Adder house and it's apartments. But what? Freya, the mom, knows things are a "bit off" but can't put her finger on it. And who couldn't love her daughter Skye? What a delight she is. I give this a 4 star and just wish the ending I've not read many of K. L. Slater books but this was a pretty darn good mystery and I enjoyed it. The only problem I had with it, was that the ending seemed bit rushed. All through the book, you are kept on your toes as you know something sinister is going on in the Adder house and it's apartments. But what? Freya, the mom, knows things are a "bit off" but can't put her finger on it. And who couldn't love her daughter Skye? What a delight she is. I give this a 4 star and just wish the ending had been a bit more tied up to a clean finish for my tastes. Too many unanswered questions.
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