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Apartment 16

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  3,316 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Some doors are better left closed—a sophisticated, spine-chilling horror novel from the author of Last Days

In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in and no one comes out, and it's been that way for 50 years, until the night a watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and is drawn to investigate. What he experiences is e
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Pan Macmillan (first published 2010)
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Aug 17, 2010 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.
Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
Adam Nevill is the King of Horror as far as I am concerned. I read a lot of horror and dark books, he is the only author that can actually make me feel fear, struggle with being disturbed and require me to sometimes put the book down and cuddle my cats for comfort!

Apartment 16 is in a big old building in a posh part of London. Many of the residents are elderly, they've been there for a very long time. The descriptions and atmospheric writing had me right IN this dark, musty, creepy and strange b
Vanessa Samuel
Jul 27, 2011 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
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
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
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
Feb 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Totalno razocarenje!
Početak ok, očekuješ radnju i zaplet i onda se smoriš i jedva izguraš do kraja.
Heather Dalgarno
May 24, 2012 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
Aug 20, 2012 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
Mar 23, 2015 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
Jul 22, 2011 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
Nov 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"El comienzo prometía, pero todo se vino abajo rápidamente y lo que parecía que iba a ser la historia de terror del año, acabó convirtiéndose para mí en una de las mayores decepciones que he tenido".

Reseña completa: http://entrelalecturayelcine.blogspot...
Đorđe Bajić
Konačno da pročitam jedan savremen horor roman iz svetske produkcije... A da nije Stiven King. :) Elem, STAN Br. 16 je sasvim solidan i starinski koncipiran roman o duhovima koji u sebi sjedinjuje mnoge uticaje. Ima tu M.R. Džejmsa, Herberta, čak i uticaja Arđentovih filmova SUSPIRIJA i INFERNO. E, sad... Zašto roman ima preko 400 stranica ostaje nejasno. Priča prati dve paralelne priče, iz dva ugla, od kojih je jedan potpuno nepotreban. Njegovo prisustvo roman čini dužim - ali ne i boljim. Zbog ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Prije nego što sam se odlučila pročitati ovu knjigu tražila sam po Google neke kratke informacije o njoj i pronašla podatak da je ovaj roman Adam pisao četiri godine, na naslovnoj strani piše da je: "Najbolji horor roman 2013. godine". I fino je počelo, ali već u prvom dijelu počela se gubiti nit, kao da je sve išlo bez cilja i ideje, i na kraju je ispalo, barem za mene, jedno veliko razočaranje. Sa nestrpljenjem sam čekala kraj, da vidim da li će se spasiti što se spasiti da, ali nažalost, kod ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, review-copy
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
May 23, 2011 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
Ashok Banker
Oct 26, 2011 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 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Empieza bien pero a la mitad ya estás deseando que se acabe por lo pesado que es. Es malo, requetemalo.
April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth
Review of Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
5 stars

“Apartment 16” was my first introduction to the horror writing of Adam Nevill, and I discovered a complex, literate, terrifying world-view. Barrington House in England is a high-class, although aging, apartment block. Most of the apartments have been owned for decades, and only very rarely does one become available at the death of the previous owner, or due to inheritance. Such is the case when Lillian passes mysteriously and her great-niece Apryl, an
Rebecca eley
Jun 30, 2011 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
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
J.M. Brister
Aug 11, 2012 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
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Set je propali umetnik, koji radi kao noćni čuvar. Kada jedne noći začuje buku u stanu br. 16, u kojem niko ne živi već 50 godina njegov život će se zauvek promeniti, zajedno sa životima stanara. Postaće samo pijun u igri u kojoj glavnu reč vodi sve ono najgore u čoveku. Set će dobiti dar, ali sa njim i prokletstvo, koje će ga pratiti na svakom koraku. Šta se desi sa čovekom, pa da postane toliko maničan da skroz skene sa uma i zaluta na pogrešnu stranu? Da li je zaista vredno prodati dušu đavol ...more
Meh, not on the same level with his last novels...

In the first place the story was quite long for what has to offer and in the end I wasn`t at all impressed by the (not) so big mystery.

In the second, in some moments I hoped that the story will bring us into a paralel dimension, but...sorry... only hallucinations, or something there...

The Seth character was kinda of interesting in the begining, but after that, not so much.

Definitely not a fast read, I could recomended it only to the fans of the w
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always on the lookout for the next BIG SCARE, more so since the market has been flooded with defanged vampires and domesticated werewolves that have even less bite than my mother's toothless pet poodle. So when I saw Adam Nevill's Apartment 16, I snatched it up with the hopes of getting drawn into a creepy haunted house-type story. I didn't get ghosts. What I got was far worse -- in a good way.

Set in the heart of London, Barrington House is a grand old apartment building with a sinister secr
Ehu Ehe
Konu güzel, anlatımı sıkıcı.
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
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, horror
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
Sharon Hattingh
Nov 15, 2011 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
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
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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 horror novels: 'Banquet for the Damned', 'Apartment 16', 'The Ritual', 'Last Days', 'House of Small Shadows', 'No One Gets Out Alive', 'Lost Girl', and 'Under a Watchful Eye'. His first short story collection, 'Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors', was published on Halloween, ...more
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