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Some doors are better left closed—a spine-chilling horror novel from a new talent

In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in andno one comes out, and it's been that way for50 years, untilthe night awatchman hears a disturbance after midnight and is drawn to investigate. What he experiences is enough to change his life forev...more
Paperback, 449 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Pan Macmillan (first published 2010)
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Vanessa Samuel
I have finally surrendered to the fact that I just cannot and will not read any more of Apartment 16. I was under the impression that the aim of a horror novel was to scare not bore and was disappointed to find that I could not get into it at all which resulted in me skimming then skipping entire chapters revolving Seth because I found them unneccesary and repulsive. The wording was superfluous especially when trying to create atmosphere, which was wholly unsuccessful anyway. Only one instance g...more
Jo
If this book had a gender, it would be male as I was given plenty of foreplay but very little satisfaction at the end.
Steve
ok, so just got through reading this book, which i managed to read in a day. it was that type of book that i couldn't put down until i had finished it. the only thing that disappointed me was the ending, it just felt a little rushed. i am sure there are people that will disagree with that statement, and it was well written and enthralling enough to the point where i didn't want to stop reading until i had reached the end, but i cant help feel the slightest bit let down with how it ended. i'm sur...more
Donna
Jun 12, 2011 Donna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
The back cover made this book sound exciting and something a little different to what I've been reading lately. But it didn't really meet my expectations.
It was a bit yucky at times, and I didn't like the characters. The female character of Apryl starts off as a girl who likes feminine things and is sad about the death of an aunt she didn't know and by the end of the book she is suddenly a confident woman who takes a crazy risk of entering a haunted apartment with a man she doesn't know who look...more
Kylie
The ideas in this are very interesting and I particularly liked the angle of an artist obsessed with the grotesque breaking down barriers between worlds and infecting others by association. However, I didn't like this book. Describing the horrific apparitions and artworks in detail over and over again gets boring and really it might've been better to leave them more to the imagination. I preferred Apryl's chapters on the whole since they were atmospherically creepy and dealt with discovering wha...more
Amanda
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...more
Anthony
The cover of this book had caught my eye a few times when I was logged into Amazon, and the blurb seemed particularly enticing. Having finished reading the novel, I'm ambivalent about the experience. It's an interesting, and often intelligent, premise for a gothic story: an examination of how art and the supernatural can intertwine in diabolical and unsettling ways. Of course, it's been done before, and is a classic of the mode - Poe, Wilde, M R James, Susan Hill have all explored this idea, wit...more
Heather Dalgarno
An awful, truly awful book with almost no redeeming features whatsoever. Poorly written, with very poor english in places that was just laughable in some places.

The story concerns the haunting of a residential building in London, and centers on the stories of a night watchman and a young American girl who inherits an apartment from an estranged aunt and is staying there while the estate is settled. It starts out reasonably well, but descends rapidly into nonsense. The building is haunted by a n...more
Andrew
Where to start with this book without giving anything away - Ok I will admit that the scary apartment/house/cabin seems to have been done to death (and no pun intended) but with recent films and a slew of books along a similar vein you do get the feeling that the subject has been played out - after all there are only so many ways you can see it going (the classic there is something down there so why do the young pretty people still go in to the cellar). However this book is still a great read. O...more
Rebecca eley
Jul 21, 2011 Rebecca eley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who want to be scared but not too much
Recommended to Rebecca by: No one
Shelves: other
I first started reading novels by Stephen King, James Herbert, Shaun Hudson and Dean Koontz. Every now and again I like to take a trip back down memory lane and go for a book that spooks. I found this whilst searching Amazon. It was a little suspenseful but I have to say I was a bit disappointed.

This is the story of Apryl who inherits an apartment from her great Aunt and comes to England to clear out and sell up. On arriving at Barrington House all is not as it seems. The book actually goes stra...more
Craig Nickerson
I picked this up right after finishing Nevill's, The Ritual. While I didn't find it quite as good it's still a very entertaining novel. A follow up to his debut horror novel, Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16 has received a great deal of positive buzz and, in spite of any misgivings I have, it's easy to see why. Essentially a haunted house tale, Nevill mixes it up with some old and new traditions, evoking at times a traditionally quiet, eerie approach and at others the vivid, technicolour hor...more
S J Blake
An over-written over-wrought abysmally edited and written book. It purports to be horror and has one of the most brilliant covers of a horror novel I've seen in years - must commend the cover designer and the marketing department. But the author is either a really bad writer (with an even worse editor) or he simply cannot write to save his life. His sentences are repetitive, over-written, and most of all, just plain boring to read. How did this book ever get published? With so many excellent hor...more
Jessica
Aug 13, 2012 Jessica rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Eh
Shelves: 2012
I really got tired of this book and here's the reasons why:

A.) First off, I don't really read a lot of horror stories, but I decided to read all of the books people left me, that meant stuff that I really don't care about that apparently includes this book, which was scary but actually only vile, not really good.

B.) I guess this is an English novel, but it was weird reading from an "American's perspective" with English spellings and stuff...

C.) This would have made a better Dr. Who episode than...more
Adele
One word - yawn.
It started off quite spookily - and then nothing happened. And nothing kept happening. Then it got interesting again, and built up to a crescendo - and then nothing happened again. Disappointing.
Spencer Distraction
Ever since I read Adam Nevill's The Ritual (which was my favorite novel ov 2013) I have hunted down & read his other novels. I've liked the others to varying degrees (still have yet to read his latest, House of Small Shadows), but ov the 4 I have read, this has been my least favourite. Which isn't a bad thing, I still thought it was quite good, but it just didn't seem to 'hook me', sotospeak, as much as the others did. This is quite a dark, nasty & viciously mean-spirited novel in parts,...more
Sharon Hattingh
My first book by Adam Nevill and I was quite impressed. It touches on many subjects I've read about in other works (Shaun Hutson, for instance) and names like Alistair Crowley, Frances Bacon, etc. are familiar. I remember it has been mentioned in connection with the so-called Hellfire Club and Crowley was infamous in his efforts to gain immortality. This work also includes mention of Nazi Germany and of an artist, Felix Hesse, who supposedly opened a doorway to the afterlife. His obsession with...more
Melliane
Je ne lis pas souvent de livres classés dans la catégorie Terreur et cela faisait plusieurs années que je n'en avais pas lu, mais je me suis dit que c'était une bonne occasion de recommencer.

Appartement 16 nous plonge immédiatement dans un univers qui lui est propre. L'histoire est partagée en deux points de vue, celui de Seth (un gardien de nuit) et celui d'Apryl. Ma préférence va vers celui de cette dernière, parce qu'il fait énormément avancer l'histoire.
Apryl est une jeune fille pleine d'ent...more
Keith
So far, not so good.
The characters disappoint, particularly Apryl [sic], Seth also but to a lesser degree. Either through bad writing or bad editing there is no compelling reason for the heroine to get drawn into the story. Despite some of the earlier comments, Seth is far more plausible, not pleasant but plausible. Not sure why Miles gets more than a passing mention.
The main conceit, that you can see the world as Francis Bacon did, is intriguing but over-wrought. He tries to build a Lovecraft...more
Kiera Healy
Horror novels are all about suspension of disbelief. I'm pretty good at suspending it! So let's see:

* I can buy that a young woman inherits a creepy apartment in an apparently haunted building in Kensington, sure.

* I can buy that the building's night watchman starts to go slowly insane as he is followed by a seemingly dead child in a hoodie (never did trust them).

* I can buy that a mad artist with connections to Mosley used to live in the creepy Apartment 16, where he painted pictures so horribl...more
Emilie
It took me a looong time to finish reading this, I wasn't sure I would be able to.
It was definitely not what I was expecting of an horror novel: too long, boring and of course not scary at all.
I won't even talk about the characters since I didn't care about them in the slightest. The only parts that were a tiny bit interesting and didn't make me feel sleepy were Apryl's. As for Seth... let's not talk about him.
So I managed to read the whole book and yet some questions haven't been answered whic...more
Leigh
An enjoyable novel not without its flaws. The chapters alternate between the story of two characters, and while I found myself greatly enjoying one side of the tale - the side involving most of the investigation and overall plot development - the other did not seem to have the legs to maintain itself as an entertaining component of the book, which at times resulted in trudging through those chapters simply to return to the better half of the story.

The real strength of this book lies in the incre...more
G.R. Yeates
Haunting echoes of Blackwood and De La Mare blend into visceral conjurations that could have plagued the minds of a Poe or a Ligotti. The tone throughout expertly evokes the decay and degeneration endemic to London life, turning the city into a melting pot of grotesque phantasmagoria that can only inspire a sense of stomach-churning horror in the onlooker rather than beauty. The American protagonist is an innocent from the New World, as curious and lost as the classical gothic heroines of past c...more
Dan
Interesting, intelligent, disturbing and depressing - that's how I'd describe this book.
The imagery is so powerful, but I found it slightly tedious after a few chapters. The plot was fantastic, but I found the detail of the characters lacking(apart from Seth), so this made it difficult to empathise with them. I almost gave up on the book halfway through, until Apryl started to try to find out more about Felix Hessen. I'd have preferred a bit more detail in the plot, and a lot more investigation...more
Ellie
Whilst in no way badly written, I just didn't like any if the characters to care if they disappeared into apartment 16 never to be seen again. Even the heroine of the story, Apryl, destroyed any sympathy I had for her with her stereotypical opinions of the British. The character of Felix Hesson is loosely based on Vorticist artist Wyndham Lewis and the book does contain some long faux art criticisms that might deter some readers. I did like the general idea of art and the occult but I was expect...more
Severine Chat-cal
Ceci est un abandon. J'ai tenu 100 pages, après j'ai tout arrêté. Ça fait deux mois que j'enchaîne les bouquins lourdingues, je n'en peux plus. Mais je vais quand même taper un petit avis, parce que quand même, y'a matière.

Barrington House est un immeuble hanté, ou réside un fantôme et un vortex démoniaque. Il s'y passe des choses étranges, comme des tableaux vivants... Pour couronner le tout, le gardien de nuit a des hallucinations qui sont extrêmement proches de la réalite...

Je ne sais pas si...more
Ryan Tandy
The second novel from August Derleth award winner Adam Nevill, Apartment 16 draws on aspects of the traditional haunted house story, psychological thrillers and the idea of gateways to hell. The narrative jumps between the viewpoints of the two main characters, and the opening third draws you into the story superbly well. Apryl’s early experiences in her great aunt’s flat are both superbly paced and suitably chilling, and balance well with the visceral and unsettling descriptions of Seth’s first...more
Salvatore
The book started out really good but failed to carry through on the promise. It lagged in the middle and I expected more of the paranormal aspects to carry through to the end. The mystery wasn't mysterious enough and seemed like the characters were only going through the motions of a typical plot instead of exploring some of the uniqueness the author seemed to be heading toward. I liked it, but didn't love it.
Jess Swann
Alors que dire sur ce roman sur spoiler ? J'ai eu l'impression de lire un mauvais Masterton... Tous les ingrédients sont là : le fantastique, le satanisme, le relent de nazisme... L'histoire est complétement abracadabrante et j'ai trouvé le tout assez embrouillé... La partie sur April était intéressante et bien écrite, en revanche, j'ai plus de réserves en ce qui concerne les parties centrées sur Seth que j'ai trouvées complétement ineptes... Bref cette histoire d'appartement m'a considérablemen...more
Samantha Schltr
I hated this book from the first sentence. That first sentence tried to hard to be descriptive and just felt heavy and ugly. It got a little better.
Apartment 16 isn't a terrible novel, it just skims some interesting elements and then gets weighed down by repetition. By the second half of the book I was curious as to how it was going to end but I was having to force myself not to skim whole chapters, especially those chapters dedicated to Seth, which is a shame, because it could have been better...more
Emma Stockwell
I don't normally choose horror fiction as a rule as I find that they usually fall short of my expectations. However, I chose to read this book based on reviews and for want of a change. Well I was pleasantly surprised by this. Apartment 16 was very well written - in a very descriptive & engaging manner but not enough to bore me - as endless descriptive prose often does. I found it fast-paced, easy to follow and it certainly kept me guessing to the end. Although probably classed as horror fic...more
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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 novels: Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days and House of Small Shadows. In 2012 The Ritual won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel; in 2013, Last Days won the same award. He lives in Birmingham and can be contacted through wwww.adamlgnevill.c...more
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