Good afternoon my loves!
Happy Saturday and happy double-post day! This morning I got to share with you what the lovely author K L Slater would want to have with her if she were stranded on a desert island (read that post here) and now I get to review her latest book, The Apartment!
* Thank you to Midas PR for sending me a gifted copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Title: The Apartment
Author: K L Slater
Publication date: 29th August 2019
My rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads rating: 3.76
Hours: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Genre: Crime, thriller, psychological
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.
Overall opinion of the book:
Okay, so this is the first ever audiobook that I had ever been invited to participate in a blog tour for – and I liked it! Listen was easier than I anticipated and I think this overall heightened my enjoyment. A quick nod to the narrator – Tuppence Middleton – who did an exceptional job in my most humble of opinions. I can be very picky when it comes to audiobook narrators and so was more than a little happy to find Tuppence (I will now be looking for other things she has narrated to listen to!)
Okay, on to the book itself. It’s a slow burner, and boy do I love me a slow burner. I suppose you could say that the first 60 had very little way in terms of ‘action’ but it had oodles of tension. You know that kind of tension where you get a little sweaty and your stomach tenses of its own accord? That kind.
As will all thrillers, I really don’t want to spoil this one – a great whodunnit that’s for sure! A little a-typical as death isn’t a huge feature but gaslighting *manipulate (someone) by psychological means into doubting their own sanity* takes the lead role. You may have seen me mention more than once on this blog, that at one point, this was the only kind of book I read, meaning that it takes a lot of grab me now – after reading so many – but K L Slater has seriously piqued my interest and will be looking into her back catalogue!
This book was super creepy. Maybe not the best thing for me to listen to when my anxiety is taking the form of house-related worry and I did work out the ‘twist’ just before its reveal. However, it was superbly done. A great psychological thriller if you are looking for one – highly recommend!
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