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Adam Nevill
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Book Description

7 May 2010

Some doors are better left closed . . .

In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out. And it’s been that way for fifty years. Until the night watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and investigates. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever.

A young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She's been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumours claim Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.

Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building. And the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying . . .


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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (7 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330514962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330514965
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Nevill (aka Adam L G Nevill) was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969 and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the supernatural horror novels, BANQUET FOR THE DAMNED, APARTMENT 16, THE RITUAL, LAST DAYS, and HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS. Two of his novels have been awarded The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel: THE RITUAL in 2012 and LAST DAYS in 2013. He lives in Birmingham and can be contacted through www.adamlgnevill.com

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`Apartment 16 is setting the bar high for British horror writing this year. I'm not the most easily spooked of people when it comes to my reading choices; Apartment 16, however, managed to get me sleeping with the lights on, acted as the catalyst for two spectacular nightmares and turned the simple task of walking through my flat late at night to get a hot drink into the eeriest of beverage quests.' --Dark Fiction Review

`Not since reading Stephen King's It has a book managed to instill such a feeling of fear and disquiet in me... Apartment 16 is an excellent horror book from a talented author. Highly recommended.' --Fantasy Book Review

'A wonderfully written, deftly-plotted tale of terror. Apartment 16 kept me guessing right to the end, and kept me turning pages long into the night. If horror is going to make a comeback in 2010, this is the book to lead the charge. Highly recommended.'
--Speculative Horizons

`His writing shows an almost perfect melding of the old and the new: the raw atmospherics of Blackwood, the subtle and oh so terrifying nearly-glimpsed horrors on the periphery of M.R. James' and H.P. Lovecraft's imaginations; the masterly development of buildings and environments as characters and vessels, and a cutting contemporary miserablism describing everyday urban hopelessness that is as grim and inevitable as the spiral into which Seth and Apryl find themselves descending. Put simply, he writes damn unsettling prose.' --Book Geeks

`There's something sort of pleasingly old-fashioned about Apartment 16. Nevill doesn't offer gratuitous gore or flashy weirdness. Instead, he builds terror brick by brick, with subtle intimations and well-orchestrated escalating strangeness.' --Bookotron

`However the thing that sets this book apart for me was Nevill's style. At one stage, one of the protagonists' nightmares were so well written, dark, impressive that I could picture the vivid details in front of my eyes. The darkness of the setting was so well imagined and it was so well conveyed that the whole experience was truly disturbing at times, something that I would expect from a good horror book.'
--Speculative Book Review

From the Back Cover

Some doors are better left closed . . .

In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out. And it has been that way for fifty years. Until the night watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and investigates. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever.

A young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She's been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian, who died in strange circumstances. Rumours claim Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.

Determined to learn something of her eccentric relative, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building. And that the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying . . .

'Nevill proves himself to be a first-rate literary bogeyman, and Apartment 16 is . . . a gloriously gruesome fever dream' SFX

'An impeccable slice of modern horror with a traditional sense of dread and unerring "keep the light on" suspense. A new British horror star is forcefully born' Maxim Jakubowski

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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128 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A British Horror Writer to be Proud of 7 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill

I was prompted to leave this review after reading some of the comments left by others, in fear that the negativity would put other potential readers off.

Let me start by saying that it has been a long time since I have got excited by a novel. And a horror novel at that! The horror section of book shops always seems to be so small in comparison to the others. And now the limited space is over run with vampire romance stories after the ever popular TWILIGHT saga.
That's o.k. but once you have read one...

I happened to find Apartment 16 purely by chance.

The story follows two main characters and their connection to Barrington House; an upmarket block situated in London.
Within its walls lies Apartment 16. No one goes in. And no one comes out.
Seth is the night-watchman. He investigates a disturbance that appears to be coming from the abandoned apartment. Events that follow change his life forever.
Apryl is a young American woman who has been left an apartment by her Great Aunt Lillian at Barrington House. It appears that her Aunt died in strange circumstances. Overwhelmed by her inheritance, Apryl seeks to discover the truth about her Aunt. She discovers some journals that suggest that Barrington House has a dark secret that it isn't about to let its residents forget it. Apryl unravels more than she bargains for.

If you are looking for an easy horror, then this is probably not a novel for you. But if you want something with a strong story/plot line and something that investigates and explores the supernatural with a unique view point then I urge you to give it chance.

Whilst reading I was completely astounded by the books imagery and intensity.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
*some spoilers*
This book was initially one of those I had to put down and read something a bit lighter before I went to sleep, brilliantly creepy, descriptive and imaginative it was the horrors of urban life, helplessness and the trap of poverty and misery that disturbed me as much as the haunted house story. The many eccentricities of the British elderly and rich living in seclusion in a well off corner of London through the eyes of a young American and a disillusioned young artist was great, and the glimpses which could have been supernatural or a symptom of a distressed or disturbed mind were brilliant. However, I definitely do agree the book was repetitive, if the big reveal -what actually was in Apartment 16 had not been done so early or in such thorough detail and saved until the denouement it would have been much much better, the descriptions of the suffering and the mangled flesh became so commonplace it no longer had any impact by the slightly confusing end. It reminded me of The Shining, (which is fine as that's a suspenseful delight of a horror novel), especially considering Seth's ultimate fate, (which was fairly early on always going to have to be the outcome) and also the film Poltergeist, which is less of a compliment. The constant and somewhat half-arsed wittering about nazi's and vortexes and portals diminished it for me, more mystery and less attempt at explanation would have been better. The child and the relation to the other porter honestly did appear to have been a last minute addition to the story to tie up a few loose ends, as it didn't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the plot except slightly because he couldn't just leave the job until he had a replacement to take on the curse of Barrington House because his wife had been looking for their dead son? Something like that?(again, very much like The Shining). On the whole I enjoyed it, bits were fantastic and others sound like the script from a schlocky hammer horror.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Lingering 7 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
I am rather surprised at the negative reviews here! I am not a huge reader of horror / thriller books, although I do like a good Steven King. Very rarely do books scare me but there was just something about this book, about the writing, that left me feeling pleasantly creepy. The type of writing that left me standing on a train station in the dark feeling rather uncomfortable about the shadows - as I have said, not many books do that to me.

The story is not wholly original, the topic has been done before. However, this book was, for me, a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am seriously hoping that the writer decides to bring another unwitting resident into Barrington house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Apartment 16
Didn't know what to expect from this book. I like to read dark, brooding, supernatural stories and this certainly sounded like my cup of tea. Gothic, is the way I'd describe the story - old building, bunch of crazy artists, satanic style ritual, murder, nightmares and strange apparitions with a liberal dose of "things that go bump in the night". Gave me the serious creeps when I started reading this book and I did feel uncomfortable. Compex plot though, not the sort of book you can just scan through, you will need to take your time reading it. A lot of characters to come to terms with, and there's a teenage "demon" in here that's positively terrible and highly original - never come across this type of character before - he's NASTY!!!! There's a high level of "art" content, artists are the core of the story, but don't let that put you off, if you like to scare yourself then you're going to love Apartment 16.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good just a bit slow
Enjoyed it but took a while to read it, took quite a while to get going. Good read though :)
Published 1 month ago by Kerry
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
I am a big fan of the horror genre, with Stephen King being my favourite writer within it, but also having enjoyed a number of other authors both modern and classic (including... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cold_Water
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
Unlike 'The Ritual' which is an excellent book, this one is ridiculous!!
It's way too wordy, repeating things over and over again so that you feel like you're walking through... Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. B
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly didn't disapoint!
More perfect creepiness from Adam Nevill, just brilliant, atmospheric and full of images that stick with you for some time!
Published 1 month ago by Linz Higginson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting....
This book kept my Interest and I wanted to know what the outcome was going to be But I feel it dragged at places.
Published 3 months ago by Vicki Leonard
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A fantastic storyline. Although you need good concentration to get through it as its very descriptive. Couldn't put the book down but a little disappointed with the abrupt ending.
Published 3 months ago by sonia dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Apartment 16
Wow what a strange book - this is very dark and haunting - but so well written that the characters and atmosphere totally pull you in. A book for a cold winters day.
Published 3 months ago by Boophe
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastically disturbing read!
This book is an absolute must for any avid horror/thriller fan. The author managed to create not only a great story and in depth characters, but a disturbing and eerie atmosphere... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michelle
3.0 out of 5 stars Ending?
Agree with other reviews that the story goes on a long time. Characters are well written and you get involved hoping for a better outcome for Seth (the night porter). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. T. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I like to get into a book right from the first few pages, this book did that for me and made it a hard job to put down.
Published 4 months ago by H Crossley
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