Book review: The Apartment by KL Slater

As I’ve probably said many times on this blog, I love reading (and writing) stories about houses that harbour dark secrets, so I was immediately drawn to this one.

Recently widowed Freya is desperate to find a new home for herself and five year-old daughter Skye so when an elderly man she meets in a cafe tells her he has an apartment to rent in one of London’s most exclusive areas for a shockingly affordable price, it seems like an offer she can’t refuse. But it soon becomes clear there’s something not quite right about Adder House and its elderly residents. Strange things start happening and Freya can’t help the feeling that she and Skye are not alone in the flat but who can she trust?

A second narrative from the 1920s tells a disturbing story about a young child and a series of psychological experiments. The house has its secrets and nothing is quite what it seems. As the truth starts to unravel, can Freya and her daughter get out in time to save themselves?

My review

I found this a wonderfully creepy read. I loved the slow build-up of suspense, and the house with it spooky atmosphere and weird residents. It was easy to understand how Freya got drawn into living at Adder House, and her fear and suspicion were brilliantly portrayed. Skye’s a great little character, too. The sections from the 1920s are chilling and I was wondering how they would connect with Freya and the house.

If you read a lot of psychological thrillers you’ll probably guess where it’s going and who’s responsible but I still really enjoyed reading it and would highly recommend it to fans of Lisa Jewell and Ruth Ware.

This is the first book I’ve read by this author but KL Slater is the million-copy bestselling author of twelve standalone thrillers so I’m looking forward to reading more.

The Apartment is published by Thomas and Mercer, Amazon’s thriller imprint, and is available here

My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a review copy.

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