Title: The Apartment
Narrators: Tuppence Middleton, John Chancer
Release date: August 29th 2019
Length: 7h 48min
When Freya Miller, portrayed by Tuppence Middleton, struggles to find an affordable home for herself and daughter Skye, her prayers are answered through a chance meeting with the kindly Dr Marsden. Offering her an apartment in a beautiful old house, Freya and Skye soon settle in with the help of the friendly neighbours.
It seems the struggles of the past are behind her. Until, day by day, a series of odd events around their new home begin to unsettle the young mother and her five-year-old. Even when the front door is locked behind them it feels like they are never truly alone.
Warning, do not pick this audiobook if you’re currently looking for a place to live!
Struck by tragedy, Freya and her daughter Skye must create a new life for themselves. As the chapters fly by, you get to know them and they become three-dimensional, alive and breathing in your ear. When a stranger offers Freya to visit an apartment he is renting in Kensington, she can’t believe her luck, and believes the guy is crazy (I thought so too!) How could she afford such a neighbourhood? But the landlord makes it impossible to resist visiting Adder House and soon, Freya sees in the place her chance for a new beginning.
Except she won’t get the new beginning she expected!
Gosh this audiobook crept me out! It is perfect if you’re hoping to be entertained by a lovely main character and her child (who is among the least annoying kids I’ve encountered! I actually liked Skye!) along with very… special protagonists, including a big house.
Let’s talk about the house a little. Adder House, in a posh part of London, nestled between other grandiose houses. London is where my heart is and I have spent many hours wandering around, discovering different parts of the city. I live in the north, far from the resplendent Kensington, and I must say K.L. Slater brought me back to the days when I walked the rows of homes in this ritzy neighborhood. I could picture the streets, the windows, the real people coming and going, living their lives. Being stuck in a different country, I took great pleasure in being transported there… at least at first!
Plot-wise, The Apartment doesn’t fit a box. I found it to be a contemporary women fiction novel, with chilling thriller vibes and an undercurrent of paranormal creepiness, of all this really anchored in the here and now.
It only took me a couple of days to complete my listen. The narrators are perfect in giving each character a voice and give every word such power it’s impossible to press stop. You just HAVE to know what happens. Why did the owner insist on Freya getting the place? Who are they? Who are the neighbors?
I heard Freya’s life slip from her fingers as people began to invest her space. It felt like watching dominoes fall, once after the other, pushing a wave of oppression and danger towards the mother and child. I wondered how far things would go until Freya broke, and K.L. Slater sent many punches her way, but the beauty of her characterization is that everyone surprises you in the end! I couldn’t shake the feeling something was off, and even know, writing this review, I shiver thinking back on what I learned, and what is still in the shadows. Oh, I loved this audiobook!!!
Verdict: Excellent read (or here, listen!)
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