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Francis Cottam
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10 Mar 2011

Every year, three million single women in America move into an apartment for the first time. Few of them change the locks.

Juliet Devereau can't believe her luck: after weeks of looking for a place to live, she's found a beautiful, spacious apartment overlooking Brooklyn Bridge. It almost seems to good to be true.

It is... Over the weeks, a chilling sense of being watched stalks Juliet. Strange sounds wake her in the night, the mirror in the bathroom trembles, and doors she thought shut are open. Then the silhouette of a man standing in her living room makes her realise that she's not alone in there. But what's haunting her is far more terrifying than a malevolent spirit; it's alive, strong and obsessed. Suddenly Juliet is caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and there's no guarantee that she'll come out alive...


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer (10 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099556251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099556251
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Former magazine editor Francis Cottam is the author of four novels and the novelization of a feature film.

His debut novel THE FIREFIGHTER was shortlisted for the W.H. Smith Literature award. It was followed by HAMER'S War, SLAPTON SANDS and A SHADOW ON THE SUN.

All four of these novels are either set in, or examine the repercussions of the Second World War. THE FIREFIGHTER examines one man's experience of the most intense period of the London Blitz. Hamer's War takes as its theme the moral dilemma facing a brave German soldier recovering from a wound sustained in battle on the Eastern Front.

THE RESIDENT is the novelization of a film made by the resurgent Hammer production company. Along with SLAPTON SANDS and A SHADOW ON THE SUN, it is available for download on Kindle.

Francis is the author of a series of paranormal thrillers published under the pen name F.G. Cottam

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Film tie-in novelisation of a major new film.

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Every year, three million single women in America move into an apartment for the first time. Few of them change the locks.

Juliet Devereau can't believe her luck: after weeks of looking for a place to live, she's found a beautiful spacious apartment overlooking Brooklyn Bridge. It almost seems too good to be true.

It is... Over the weeks, a chilling sense of being watched stalks Juliet. Strange sounds wake her in the night, the mirror in the bathroom trembles, and doors she thought shut are open. Then the silhouette of a man standing in her living room makes her realise that she's not alone in there. But what's haunting her is far more terrifying than a malevolent spirit; it's alive, strong and obsessed. Suddenly Juliet is caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and there's no guarantee that she'll come out alive...


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Film Novelization 30 May 2013
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This novelization of the film of the same name The Resident [DVD] may look exciting, but it isn't really. I have never seen the film, and after reading the book I have no plans to do so. As most people are aware film novelizations are not always quite the same as the actual film, an author has to move things around and add things to keep the narrative going, plus also scenes that an author puts in which were going to be in the movie are eventually edited out.

When Juliet Devereau accidentally walks in on her husband doing the dirty they split, and Juliet goes on the hunt for a home in the city (New York). Eventually finding somewhere, that is spacious and cheap it seems that Juliet has definitely landed on her feet. But are things quite what they seem?, after all she does often feel that she is being watched.

This book is well enough written but it lacks oomph. The largest part of the story is about Juliet, her house hunting, her work and her break up. There are a few slightly creepy scenes, but there isn't a feeling of a thriller, or of any suspense. In fact there is probably only fifty or sixty pages of some real action, and as this is taken from a movie script what is action is so old and hackneyed that we have seen it all before, in so many other films. This is okay for something just to sit down with and pass the time, but there is nothing here to grab you, unless I suppose you really enjoy the film. To most people I would say look around for something better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 May 2011
By Sharon
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book, I thought it was going to be a horror with lots of gore but was more of a thriller so more enjoyable. I am looking forward to the film. A great read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hammer Horror? 2 May 2011
Format:Paperback
The strapline on the reverse cover of the book is what originally drew me to it:

"Every year, three million single women in America move into an apartment for the first time. Few of them change the locks".

Slightly chilled by this, i thought i'd pick the book up and give it a try.

Main character, Juliet Devereau has discovered her husbands infidelity, she needs to get away from her house, and find her own apartment, though it's proving very difficult to find anywhere remotely decent, that is until she stumbles across a beautiful, spacious apartment overlooking Brooklyn Bridge.

After moving in, and over the coming weeks, Juliet can't quite put her finger on it, but she feels almost stalked. Sounds wake her in the middle of the night, and whilst in the bath, she feels like she is being watched. Is it all her imagination, or is she about to be caught up in a game of cat and mouse that could prove deadly?

I read this book in one day. Whilst i wouldn't class it as a horror, more of a suspense-thriller really, it is a good, easy read. It's fast paced, and whilst in places, i thought the author could have made the book an extra 50 or so pages longer, by setting the scenes out more, it did it's purpose and whiled away a lazy bank holiday Monday.

This book would be a perfect holiday read, as it's one you can pick up and put down easily. I'll also keep an eye out for the film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A certain kind of predictability 5 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I imagine the film might be better than the book.
I may try the film if it's on television.
got to the end - but would not recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book - gives you the shivers! 23 Feb 2014
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If you like a creepy tale with lots of twists to keep you turning pages - this is the book for you. Believable and enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling! 20 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved this psychological thriller from Francis Cottam. So very different from his more recent works as F.G. Cottam, but still causes goosebumps to rise. I was hooked from page one and had it read in one sitting. A thrilling read.
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