The Apartment - K.L. Slater

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Official Blurb:

It’s an opportunity she can’t refuse. The woman before her tried…
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:

The was your usual K.L. Slater Psychological Thriller, it was fast-paced and kept you on the edge of your seat.
There were lots of small twists, and you really start to suspect every character in the book as having an ulterior motive. Everyone seemed a little sinister, and I was even doubting the main characters at one point.
The storyline itself is, as some of the other reviewers have pointed out, a little far-fetched. The initial interaction between Freya and Michael seemed a bit shoe-horned into the story to make sure that Freya and Skye ended up at the apartment. I know this is sort of explained at the end, but it didn’t sit very well throughout the book. Some of the unexplained occurrences again were a little implausible also. However, if you just go with it and read it for what it is, which is a build-up of fear for the main characters and try not to think too much about the logistics, I think it will serve you well.
Although, I read this quite quickly as I wanted to know why things were happening and what the outcome would be I did feel as if it wasn’t K.L. Slater’s best work and I was slightly disappointed by the ending.
We had had scenes in the past, that at first seemed utterly irrelevant but as the story progresses and the ending is uncovered, everything becomes clear. Although clear is probably the wrong word to use as it was all very complicated and a little over convoluted. It could have been simplified if the events in the past hadn’t have been so far back in time and had involved people from the current storyline. So, I ended up reading the last few chapters quite slowly in order to make sure I completely understood who had done what and why.
So, even though there are lots of faults with the book, it is still an enjoyable read. It builds up the anticipation nicely and like I said, I was hooked wanting to know what was going on. I just think the plot was there, but the execution could have been a little better.

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The Apartment
by K.L. Slater
Date Started
26th March 2020
Date Finished
28th March 2020
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