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The Apartment by KL Slater
Narrator: Tuppence Middleton, John Chancer
Published by Audible on August 29, 2019
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Length: 7 hours, 21 minutes
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 realizes 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.
I have purchased other of this author’s work, but The Apartment is the first one I’ve managed to read. The genre is a hit for me right now. The mystery / thriller is a favorite. The story here is a single mother with a daughter who have fallen on hard times. A stranger offers them an opportunity which seems too good to be true, followed by many more perks. This is not a police procedural and no known murder to be solved.
The Apartment is a creepy psychological mystery where small things are set up to prey on Freya and her daughter. I felt for Freya since she had already had some setbacks recently and was trying to do the best for her daughter. Unfortunately, she has little or no emotional support system which is partly how she gets into this situation. I wanted someone to befriend her for real. But she has an inner strength which helps her in the end. She put up with things more than I would.
I loved the world, London, and the setup of the situation. It’s chilling how small things change the whole picture. I didn’t like many of the characters very much, even Freya, but I enjoyed the story. Well, I liked Mark. Freya’s progress with figuring out her circumstances was clever once she started. The Apartment was suspenseful and unsettling, a great listen!
With the setting being London, I was happy to listen to the British accents I expected. The bulk of the narration seemed to be by the female narrator. In fact, the only parts I recall the male narrator were in the historical flashbacks to the male scientist. Since the main character was female and had a daughter, it seemed appropriate. We did get some dialogue but mostly we were in Freya’s stream of thoughts. Both the male and female voices were comfortable for me and I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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