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Apartment 16

3.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,050 Ratings  ·  303 Reviews
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 Barr ...more
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Published May 21st 2010 by panmacmillan (first published 2010)
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Lisa Boone Even though this book has its share of gore, there is also a tremendous amount of psychological terror. I don't want to give any spoilers here, but…moreEven though this book has its share of gore, there is also a tremendous amount of psychological terror. I don't want to give any spoilers here, but what if some of the things you thought were in your imagination turned out to be real? That is rather vague I know but I don't want to give away anything from the book.(less)
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Aug 20, 2010 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If this book had a gender, it would be male as I was given plenty of foreplay but very little satisfaction at the end.
Vanessa Samuel
Mar 22, 2014 Vanessa Samuel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-read
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
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
Mar 28, 2015 Hudson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Yes!!! I was very happy to give this book a four rating. I thought his first book was a little slow but had some flashes of brilliance and I was cautiously optimistic about his second book: I was not disappointed! This seems to be somewhat of a popular opinion, at least two other GR friends have made similar comments.

The short version: a young woman travels to London to take possession (ha!) of her late aunts posh apartment in an upscale apartment building that spans two city blocks. There she u
Heather Dalgarno
Jun 01, 2012 Heather Dalgarno rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
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
5 stars

For starters I'm never living in any house or apartment that is numbered 16, im not going to become a night porter and if I'm ever left an apartment in Knightsbridge I'll be going there only in the day and won't stick around for long.

It's creepy from the start and slowly builds to weird and slightly more creepy before culminating in really bloody weird and creepy as fuck!

Apryl's perspective is the mystery part of this book, she's uncovering her great-aunt Lillian's past and figuring out h
May 10, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 12, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy, horror
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
Aug 13, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kimberly Yates
Terror lies behind the door of..Apartment 16.
In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out.

This was a very strange book. It is loaded with atmospheric descriptions, and because of that I felt bogged down, trying to visualize so much of that. I was overwhelmed with thoughts of...WHAT IS THE AUTHOR TRYING TO SPELL OUT HERE?

There are times when I was right on track with what was going on and I really enjoyed the storyline and was sp
Nebojša Petković
Ово је апсолутно испунило и чак превазишло очекиванја, будући да сам и пре читања чуо речи хвале за књигу. Прави хорор, који не испуштате из руку (колико год вам то прилике допуштају), али сте у исто време напети, а низ кичму вам пролазе трнци. Застрашујућа атмосфера туробности и ишчекивања, док на страницама дефилују гротескне креатуре за које нисте сигурни да ли су само плод болесног ума или мрачни ентитети што вребају са ивице стварности. Агонија коју пролазе главни јунаци, сваки на свој начи ...more
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
Sep 29, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sharon Hattingh
Oct 04, 2014 Sharon Hattingh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca eley
Jul 21, 2011 Rebecca eley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I will admit that this book took me a while to get into. I think it was because it was written in a completely different way to the authors I normally find myself reading. That being said I soon managed to get myself into the writing style. In part, I felt as though the writing style changed a little bit after a while and that was what aided me.

Just don’t let the initial struggle put you off!

That being said, once I managed to get into the writing style I really came to love it. The book contain
Ashok Banker
Oct 26, 2011 Ashok Banker rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2015 Milan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uz ogradu da nisam uspeo da završim knjigu, jedva izgurao 100-inak stranica. Mnogo dosadno.
Seth hears thing coming from the apartment into which he's been forbidden to enter. It's supposed to be empty so why are there sounds coming from there in the middle of the night? When his nightmares are invaded and he begins to see things from his dreams while he's awake, he realizes that he is slowly being drawn into a madness that he cannot control.

Apryl cones to London to take care of her great aunt's estate. She is drawn into investigating the cause of her aunt's death. She comes across an
Nov 05, 2011 Adele rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 28, 2015 Markus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2015
This is one of those slow burners.

I'm not new to the Nevill's style, so i was prepared, but this started really slowly and depressing. There's two main characters, and other one is depressing as shit. This Seth guy, a failed artist who lives in the upstairs of the cheap pub (Finnish word is räkälä).

Seth works as a night clerk in Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, were the title's apartmert resides, and his work is depressing as shit. All the people he encounters, in and the outside o
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
Aug 18, 2011 Melliane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2012 Keith rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
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
Sep 14, 2011 Emilie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror, ghosts
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
Jan 01, 2012 Leigh rated it liked it
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
G.R. Yeates
Jan 18, 2011 G.R. Yeates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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, House of Small Shadows, and No One Gets Out Alive. In 2012 The Ritual won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel; in 2013, Last Days won the same award. Both The Ritual and Last Days won the RUSA for ...more
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