- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Hammer; Film Tie-In edition (10 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099556251
- ISBN-13: 978-0099556251
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Resident Paperback – 10 Mar 2011
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Film tie-in novelisation of a major new film.
From the Back Cover
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...
Top Customer Reviews
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.
After finishing the book and looking back I feel disappointed, as not a lot really happened.
It is worth a read, but prepare to feel slightly let down.
The heroine comes home unexpectedly and finds her husband with another women and her reaction is to say "it's adultery Jack"
Well, yes it is but I can't imagine in a million years that that would be any one's actual response to that situation.
The warning signs were there on page 7 when she describes a character as having "chuckled"
"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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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.
If you like a creepy tale with lots of twists to keep you turning pages - this is the book for you. Believable and enjoyable.Published on 23 Feb. 2014 by Lucy Brown
I bought this book having really enjoyed Mr.Cottam's writing as FG Cottam and although it's quite a different read from his other works, being a novelization of the film 'the... Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2011 by noodles
I had read a previous book by Cottam (Hamers War) which I thought was really good. I am afraid this dark and contrived story was not in the same league.Published on 31 Oct. 2011 by best before 65