Wow. I can’t even begin to describe how enjoyable “The Apartment” by K. L. Slater was. I received an e-mail by NetGalley advertising this psychological thriller and was intrigued, so naturally I had to learn more about it. While reading the summary, I was reminded of one of my favorite Riley Sager books called “Lock Every Door” and immediately requested an eARC. I was thrilled to be approved for this, eager to see the similarities and differences of this story compared to “Lock Every Door.” I had high expectations for this storyline going in to reading it, and I absolutely was not disappointed.
“The Apartment” is about a woman named Freya Miller and her daughter Skye, who are going through a really rough time. Freya’s husband has not only recently left her to be with a former friend of hers, but a few months later he suddenly passes away. After his passing, Freya is about to lose their family home and is desperate for a miracle to swoop in and save them. While visiting her local Starbucks, Freya stumbles upon a chance encounter with a gentleman named Dr. Marsden, who happens to be there putting up rental signs for an apartment that is shockingly affordable in an upscale area of London. Convinced that Adder House is too good to be true, Dr. Marsden insists that Freya and Skye come by that evening to look at the apartment, insisting that they would be the perfect tenants. Not being able to afford passing up such an incredible opportunity, she obliges, falls in love with the apartment and is officially moving in to her new home a week later.
Not long after arriving, Freya begins to realize that there is something dark and mysterious about Adder House and that the residents aren’t exactly who they appear to be. Freya and Skye experience a lot of unexplainable things such as hearing voices and crying, feeling like they’re being watched, furniture being moved, cameras suddenly appearing in the apartment, and much more. As all of this is going on, Freya discovers that just a few months ago, a tragic incident occurred involving a woman and her daughter, who happened to reside in the same apartment prior to Freya moving in. Desperate to leave, Freya is left wondering if her encounter with Dr. Marsden at Starbucks was truly by chance, or completely intentional… Will Freya and Skye be able to escape Adder House? Or will they experience the same fate as the previous tenants…
K. L. Slater is a fantastic storyteller. This is the first book I have read by her and after reading, I can easily see why she is the bestselling author of nine psychological crime thrillers. The story plot and buildup was perfect- I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and could not put the book down, finishing the story within 24 hours. The ending happened pretty suddenly (within the last 3-5% of the book), and while it initially raised several questions for me about what was happening, most of them were answered in the epilogue and I feel that I ended up being left with an appropriate amount of wonder upon the story ending. While I really enjoyed the character development of Freya, the Marsden’s, and Lily, I wish that the Watson’s could’ve had a stronger role in the story- it almost felt like they existed for the sole purpose of being later referenced in one sentence at the end of the story. The only other thing that I would have liked to see at the end of the story would have been more specific details about how Skye was adjusting after her experiences at Adder House, especially since we were able to get that closure for other characters mentioned in the story with similar experiences.
I was pleased that while the initial summary of the story reminded me so much of “Lock Every Door,” overall the storylines were totally different. Without giving any details away, I thoroughly enjoyed the psychology experiments that were referenced in this book and was pleasantly surprised by how they were spun into the story line.
If you love psychological thrillers and are a fan of “Lock Every Door” by Riley Sager, I highly recommend checking out “The Apartment.” Thank you so much to Thomas & Mercer for providing me this eARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to receiving my preordered copy on Pub Day, April 28th!
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