The Apartment – K.L. Slater

Synopsis:

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?

Review:

*I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review of the book*

The Apartment by K.L. Slater is a book that I have heard quite a bit about lately and I have been eagerly anticipating it’s release when I happened to see it on NetGalley. I instantly hit that request button. Hard!! I will admit that I was a little apprehensive before going into this book as I had already hyped this book up for myself and I didn’t want to be left disappointed. Plus, I was also a little apprehensive as the synopsis does slightly resemble the movie The Resident with Hilary Swank, so as you can imagine, I went into this book with a load of cation surrounding me. Who wants disappointment from something they’ve been eagerly awaiting, right?!

When I began reading, I instantly feel in love with the writing and style of this book. It was soooo good and had me flying through the pages (electronically, of course). The writing comes off so smooth, yet it’s gripping and exciting at the same time. It’s the first book I’ve read written by K.L. Slater, whom I know is a popular author, and I know I’m going to be reading more books by her from now on. This style is definitely what I love when it comes to books and what I seem to be in the reading mood for at the moment and was exactly what I wanted (no, needed!!!) right now. The style was the perfect amount of creepy, psychological and thrilling, all while leaving you wondering if you’re over reacting to every little thing, but knowing deep down that you’re probably not.

The Apartment, is mainly told through Freya’s perspective, which heightens the mystery and intensity that the book did so well. You don’t know if what she’s experiencing at certain points within the book, is actually happening or if she’s just an unreliable narrator. This is especially so when things are later mentioned or hinted at, regarding her previous history of mental health, leaving you not knowing who to believe. She even starts to question herself. But there’s still that mystery lingering about and it’s that unknown and needing to discover what’s happening that pushed me through this book. I needed to know what was actually happening and whether you could trust any of the characters. And I mean any of the characters, because I knew that I was going to be betrayed and tried not developing friendships and loyalties.

There is one big plot hole when it comes to Freya’s character. Her characters switches from being described as strong and not trusting anyone because of her troubled past, then the next moment, she is so incredibly naïve. The whole plot of the book actually relies on her being this naïve from the very first chapter, which just provides this massive plot hole and goes against her character, her past and how she is constantly being described to the reader. This is the major negative and the one thing that did have me irritated, as it was completely contradictory. But, we are also told that she is in a bad place, but it wasn’t as though she didn’t have options and she kept ignoring some obvious warning signs, for somebody who is meant to distrust everybody, especially when added on the fact the protective instinct of a mother!! This adds to the characters untrustworthiness.

You get introduced to a cluster of different characters within this book and who make up Adder house. The further you go in the book the more you get to know about these characters and the more suspect and creepy they become. Each character is easily identifiable and you get a clear reaction every time one of them is on the page, which shows clear concise writing. What else shows good writing is having a book full of characters that you know have bad motives and that you take an instant dislike to, but you still really enjoy the book. Usually a bad character, or more precisely, a badly written character is enough to put me off a book. Even Freya’s character flaws didn’t ruin this book for me and at least kept me on my toes as I didn’t know what she was going to do.

I, of course, developed my own ideas about what I suspected was happening at Adder House, especially with the inclusion of the diary and tape entries. My head was trying to make connections everywhere that eventually I was left over thinking everything and every action by everyone. I was slowly becoming suspicious of every character and questioning their every action. I even became suspicious of Freya herself at one point. So if you like a good book where you don’t know what’s happening or who to trust, then this is perfect. Especially as it’s set up to be pretty straightforward from the offset. I was 70% of the way through this book and I was still double guessing myself and what I was reading.

Even though the ending went a little where I was expecting it to go to, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, I probably enjoyed it more so because it all lined up perfectly and it didn’t come as an out of the blue twist, where the author was trying to chuck a load of quick new information at you to make this ending plausible. There were one of two questions I had left at the end of the book, that if I think about I could work out, but it would have been nice to have those answers clarified. Plus, the obvious character plot hole. But again, that didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of this book and I would even go as far to say that this is one of my favourite reads so far this year!!

This is currently apart of Kindle Unlimited on Amazon!

Published by ShayneysReviews

Hello! My name is Shayney Hardcastle. I am a massive book enthusiast so I created this blog as my own little place where I can write and express my thoughts and review each book I have read. I am 23 and am currently living in a small town in Wales, in the United Kingdom, and love how reading let's me explore the world outside of this small town. I have also recently been sent more and more books and ARC by authors to review and wanted a place to review them that wasn't just on Goodreads and Amazon.

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