Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review of Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
“Apartment 16” was my first introduction to the horror writing of Adam Nevill, and I discovered a complex, literate, terrifying world-view. Barrington House in England is a high-class, although aging, apartment block. Most of the apartments have been owned for decades, and only very rarely does one become available at the death of the previous owner, or due to inheritance. Such is the case when Lillian passes mysteriously and her great-niece Apryl, an American, inherits. At the behest of her mother, Apryl travels to London to examine the apartment, ready it for sale, and to sell the furnishings. What Apryl discovers is a multitude of horrifying secrets; umpteen layers of secrets, kept not only by Lillian and her late husband, but by other apartment-owners, and by the staff. Apryl will find out WHY Apartment 16 has been empty for decades—and why its nature has been kept secret from anyone outside the Barrington House.
Author Adam Nevill has an incredible imagination, and a flair for horror that creeps up on little cat feet—and then scares the blazes out of the reader. I can’t forget any of his novels, and plan to reread all.
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