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The Apartment – tekijä: K. L. Slater

The Apartment (vuoden 2020 painos)

– tekijä: K. L. Slater (Tekijä)

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Teoksen nimi:The Apartment
Kirjailijat:K. L. Slater (Tekijä)
Info:Thomas & Mercer (2020), 266 pages
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The Apartment (tekijä: K. L. Slater)


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I received a copy of this book free from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This one was a little too convoluted for me. The plot doesn't start to make sense until the very end, and by then, it feels too little too late. The concept was interesting enough, and I can see what the author was aiming for with the references to Little Albert. Overall, I enjoyed the idea of the novel more than the novel itself. It could have been much more convincing and thorough.

The characters were unconvincing, there were no solid connections between them. ( )
  SarahRita | Aug 11, 2021 |
I listened to this as an audiobook narrated by Tuppence Middleton. I have to say that if it had been a physical book, I would probably have thrown it against the wall in frustration. Mainly due to the utter stupidity of the title character. (Yes, I’ve gone in early with my opinion on this one and you have probably guessed that I didn’t like it.)

Freya Miller has money problems after her husband first left her for another woman and then died. She has to move out of the house and find somewhere cheaper to live for her and her five year old daughter Skye. When she is approached by stranger named Dr Marsden in a coffee shop and offered an apartment in the Kensington based Adder House, which he owns, she thinks it’s too good to be true. Freya can not dream of being able to afford such a fabulous home, but Dr Marsden says she can live there for whatever she can afford, however little.

At this point, alarm bells would be going off ALL OVER THE PLACE for me but Freya, apparently just can’t believe her luck. When she moves in, there are red flags everywhere – such as mysterious noises in her flat, furniture being moved around and the Marsdens wanting to install a spy camera right inside her flat. You would think she would get out straight away, right? But nope. She just keeps banging on about how this is a fresh start for herself and Skye, and my eyes just kept rolling almost out of their head.

Anyway, the ending was partly predictable and partly frankly ridiculous. So utterly daft as to be almost funny. If it was a film it would definitely come under the ‘so bad it’s good’ category.

Tuppence Middleton’s narration was….okay. When she was voicing Freya she was fine and any annoyance I had came from Freya’s unbelievable stupidity. However, Freya’s daughter Skye is quite a prominent character and unfortunately the voice Middleton used for Skye was annoying beyond belief.

As you may have guessed I didn’t enjoy this book. I’m not even sure why I stuck with it. There were plot holes and unexplained plot threads. Still every book teaches you something and this taught me not to read anything else by this author.

Sorry if this review sounds harsh, but it’s rare that a book annoys me this much. I've given it 1.5 stars, because the premise could have been interesting. ( )
  Ruth72 | Oct 27, 2020 |
I am giving this a 3.5 rounded to a 4. Struggling single mom Freya thinks she’s been gifted something too good to be true when a seemingly compassionate doctor approaches her in a coffee shop and offers her a room in an elite house that has been modified into an apartment building. He promises her the world. She can live in this fancy apartment in a nice part of town for only what she can afford to pay. On a streak of bad luck this sounds like a dream to Freya. She is eager to move in, and initially dismisses the odd small things that are off about her new living situation. Everything from an overly involved landlord to objects seeming to move around or disappear out of her apartment. When Freya learns that her apartment was previously occupied by a woman who tragically died, Freya decides she needs to get to the bottom of the story with this new home before it becomes too late to get out. Only problem is no one seems to believe her, and she starts to look like a crazy person who is becoming unhinged when placed under too much stress. She can never imagine the horror of the truth behind this seemingly perfect house. This story does a good job of setting that creepy mood early on. That is the strength of the story. The market is saturated with psychological thrillers and this one broods well, but I wasn’t particularly shocked or awed by the finale. The ending ties up nicely and closes up all the storylines. This is a fast read, took me about a day and half to read it, so it is worth the time. Thank you Netgalley for the copy. ( )
  hana321 | Jul 4, 2020 |
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

That was a lot of information, just information. I kept waiting for the plot twist, something exciting, it never delivered. The main character, she was dumb...just plain dumb. I mean, c'mon. The "Dr." comes into the coffee shop, gives you the apartment you've been dreaming about for an extreme fraction of the cost? Everyone has told you it was a bad idea, too much of a coincidence, you didn't even feel comfortable there, yet you stay? Way to go.

Not my fav... ( )
  jzw908 | Jun 3, 2020 |
Although I liked the premise of the story i felt that it could have been written with a little more suspense. The beginning of the story didn't feel very suspenseful, there were some strange things here and there that made you wonder about the house but i felt that things didn't get really suspenseful until chapters 40-51. I enjoyed the epilogue and how everything turned out in the end. I think that with a little rewriting this could be a really good story. ( )
  sherlock134 | May 20, 2020 |
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