Review From User :
Adam Nevill is the King of Horror as far as I am concerned. I read a lot of horror and dark books, he is the only author that can actually make me feel fear, struggle with being disturbed and require me to sometimes put the book down and cuddle my cats for comfort!
Apartment 16 is in a big old building in a posh part of London. Many of the residents are elderly, they've been there for a very long time. The descriptions and atmospheric writing had me right IN this dark, musty, creepy and strange building. I sensed the evil before I found it in the pages.
Adam's writing takes you into the worlds he creates. It's like I can smell the evil, touch it, sense it and fear it. Not many writers can do that to me. His novels do.
A pretty young woman arrives from America, she's here to deal with her Aunt's Apartment who has passed away leaving this place to her mother and her. She has no idea that she's stepping in through the gates of hell.
Nevill builds this one up slowly, you've got to pay attention and savour the pages which are crucial to the overall plot and are simply stunning in regards to the writing. I'm stunned at low reviews of this book, my suspicion is many didn't get the build up and were expecting shock factors from early pages. Whatever is was I disagree strongly.
At the point where I read the first of many disturbing scene I gasped, stopped and had to read the paragraph over and over again. Glee! Oh I knew that it was gong to be so good!
The plot is unique, never read anything like it. The imagery is so disturbing it made my skin crawl. From big moments to tiny detail the book is a work of immense value. Where Adam gets his imagination from is beyond me, his ability to pull you into the book like a black hole - I feared I may never get out again.
Madness, obsession, fear, evil - it's all here. I get a bit speechless doing reviews of Adam's books. I freaking love each and every one! The book gets darker and darker and my fascination with it deeper and deeper. There is nothing light and fluffy in an Adam Nevill book. From subtle yet shocking moments to in-your-face horrific scenes it's got everything you need to be entertained, somewhat sickened and disturbed.
I devoured and hung off every word, not wanting to waste any of it. I was absolutely astonished with where the plot went and the last quarter of the book is gripping and terrifying. Nevill is a wordsmith and I'm pretty sure magic is weaved in his books, entranced and lost in a world of horror beyond imagination. You'll be left with visual images seared on your brain - trust me.
So what is Apartment 16 You don't want to know. You don't want to open that door. But go on! I did, then there was no turning back. Genius, brilliant, delectably dark. 5 huge stars from me. An unforgettable read. Go there if you dare.
I'll never shop at Sainsbury's again after reading this book (English supermarket for overseas readers). Adam Nevill - you e made the hairs on my arms stand up again and scared the crap out of me in the middle of the night.
I read the paperback version of this book which resides on my very own shelf dedicated to his books. No. 1 fan.
Some doors are better left closed – a spine-chilling horror novel from a new talent
In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in and no one comes out, and it’s been that way for 50 years, until the night a watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and is drawn to investigate. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever. Soon after, a young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She’s been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumors claim Lillian was mad, but her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago. Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building, and that the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying.