A haunting thriller about a troubled married couple whose vacation to Paris leads them into a nightmare.
Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan.
They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider, and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge.
Deftly weaving together two complex and compelling narrators, S. L. Grey builds an intimate and chilling novel of a disintegrating marriage in the wake of a very real trauma. The Apartment is a terrifying tour de force of horror, of psychological thrills, and of haunting suspense.
"Gripping, creepy as hell, and the dread will linger for days afterwards." (Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters)
"Dark and deeply disturbing. Trust me - this tense and frightening piece of horror is not for kids - or for the faint-of-heart. I'm still shuddering." (R. L. Stine, New York Times best-selling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street)
"The Apartment is a perfectly crafted, deeply unsettling thriller: a portrait of a marriage unraveling, of the haunting and the haunted, and the idea that grief might be a door that can let other horrific things in. This book had me turning on all the lights, checking under the bed and in the closet, and savoring every terrifying page." (Jennifer McMahon, New York Times best-selling author of The Night Sister)
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Creepy and Enjoyable
The protagonists are a married couple with a small daughter who live in Capetown and are recovering from a break-in at their home. Their decision to do a house-swap with a Paris couple seems like the perfect much needed vacation on a budget. These are well-drawn characters who we really get to know throughout the story, but that doesn't mean they are always good people all the time- a. It naive, a bit unstable, but that's what keeps things interesting.
Yes, and both narrators are always good. I especially enjoy Fiona Hardingham.
There were some great moments when the couple is in Paris. Very atmospheric and mysterious, between the apartment and the general ambiance of the city in winter.
Shocking revelations from alternating POV characters really serves to emphasize the relationship between two people who probably don't know each other as well as they think. Overall a great read and kept me engaged with creepy traditional horror aspects along with good characterization- I recommend this one!
hard to make the back of the head look alive
- michael king "oh hell. just read it."