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 realises 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.
This is the first book on my 20 Books Of Christmas challenge, which was recommended to me by the lovely Jo at My Chestnut Reading Tree. She told me I would love The Apartment and she was not wrong! It’s the perfect psychological thriller, beginning with the little things that make the reader feel slightly uneasy and building up the tension until we realise that something is very very wrong. It’s impossible to know who to trust and by the end, I was unable to tear myself away from my phone!
There are a few sections of The Apartment where the reader is given a glimpse into the contents of a journal written in the 1920s. I was intrigued by the experiments undertaken by the doctor to whom the journal belonged and throughout, I wondered how it was linked to the story in the modern day. When the answers were revealed, I was positively dumbstruck!
The Apartment has been released exclusively as an audiobook, and with such a range of interesting characters, it was easy for me to visualise events as I was listening. Tuppence Middleton is an excellent narrator, adding expression to Slater’s words and different voices to the characters that allowed me to distinguish between them easily and see that they may not be all that they seem.
The Apartment is available from Audible.