The Apartment by K. L. Slater ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
Published: 28 April 2020 by Amazon Publishing UK
Page count: 266
My Format: eARC via NetGalley
Cover: Simple
Pacing: Okay
Ending: Meh
Do I Recommend: Probably not
Commission Link: Buy The Apartment

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis
Freya Miller needs a miracle. In the fallout of her husband’s betrayal, she’s about to lose her family home, and with it the security she craves for her five-year-old daughter, Skye. Adrift and alone, she’s on the verge of despair until a chance meeting with the charismatic Dr Marsden changes everything. He’s seeking a new tenant for a shockingly affordable flat in a fashionable area of London.

Adder House sounds too good to be true… But Freya really can’t afford to be cynical, and Dr Marsden is adamant she and Skye will be a perfect fit with the other residents. But Adder House has secrets. Even behind a locked front door, Freya feels as if she’s being watched: objects moving, unfamiliar smells, the blinking light of a concealed camera… and it’s not long before she begins to suspect that her dream home is hiding a nightmarish reality. Was it really chance that led her here—or something unthinkably dark?

As the truth about Adder House starts to unravel, can Freya and Skye get out—or will they be locked in forever?

My Thoughts
This is another book that I actually read back in June, but due to some unforeseen circumstances, I never got around to writing the review. Thankfully, I took a few notes! Here are my pros and cons for The Apartment:

Pros

  1. I enjoyed the beginning of the novel. I thought the story was set up well and I was immediately intrigued and drawn in to what was happening.
  2. The cast of characters were effectively creepy and mysterious.  
  3. The Adder House felt like it was a character itself. The unsettling atmosphere was well-developed.
  4. I felt bad for the daughter when she had to move away from her friends. For me, that was the most emotional connection I had with the book.

Cons

  1. Freya is an intolerably gullible character. She basically ruined this book for me.
  2. I lost count of the instances where Freya was presented with actual evidence that something illegal, immoral, or downright sinister was going on she ignored it or reasoned it away.
  3. Freya talks about her trust issues, yet she trusts a stranger who offers her an inexpensive apartment in a luxury building out of the blue. Seriously? If it seems too good to be true, then it usually is.
  4. The ending was dissatisfying.

Summary
This story has potential to be great. It really does. But there were simply too many unresolved issues, Freya was excessively and unbelievably gullible, and the ending was dissatisfying, so it didn’t reach “great” in my opinion. Overall, I thought it was just okay.

Thank you NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for a free eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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