The Apartment
by K.L. Slater

Thank you to NetGalley, Amazon Publishing UK, and K. L. Slater for a free electronic ARC of The Apartment in exchange for an honest review!

The Apartment by K. L. Slater comes out on April 28th, 2020!

The Apartment was my first introduction to K. L. Slater.  Unfortunately, this introduction was not great, as this book completely fell flat and did not work for me. ??‍♀️

The Apartment follows Freya Miller, and her five-year-old daughter, Skye, as they move into the apartment of their dreams.  Located in a super posh area in London, the Adder House is offered to Freya for a fraction of the cost, as she and Skye are just the type of tenants that Dr. Marsden is looking to have live in his beautiful and luxurious building.  What Freya believes to be too good to be true, turns out to be just that, as she quickly discovers that the rest of the tenants, are strange and overbearing, hiding secrets, and seem to be watching her everywhere she goes.

The Apartment was a quick and easy read, but I felt that I was never really able to get into the different characters’ stories.  Other than Freya, the characters lacked depth and I found that certain relationships were superficial and did not develop properly.  It also seemed strange to me that Freya could be so trusting, and divulge her whole life story to others within two minutes of meeting them.

I’d also like to add that while this book mostly took place in the present, it also featured some journal entries written by Beatrice (who turns out to be Freya’s ancestor) in the early 1900s.  These entries focus on some sort of psychological experiment that is re-created (in the present) at Freya’s expense. The connection of these journal entries to both the main character and the ending of the book did not make any sense to me.  I felt that the journal entries themselves came out of nowhere and were not transitioned into the story line in the best way.  I also found the ending of the book to be really rushed, and as a result, I could not follow it properly.

Hopefully this one will work better for you! If you’ve read this one, please let me know what you think in the comments.  If you haven’t read it, feel free to check out the synopsis below ↓


ABOUT THE APARTMENT:

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?

Summary

Overall, I think the premise of the book could have been interesting, but it was not executed properly and I found the entire story to be completely unbelievable.

— Rebekah Dolmat
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