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Thirteen Storeys

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  52 reviews
You're cordially invited to dinner. Penthouse access is available via the broken freight elevator. Black tie optional.

A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers - even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building. None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: November 26th 2020 by Gollancz
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Ilse
Apr 05, 2020 marked it as tbr-unreleased
I'm ready to get my heart ripped out and stamped upon yet again by Jonny Sims, this time in book form!!

this is fine
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Mark
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Superb Cover!
As for the story I am not 100% sure what I just read or how much enjoyed or was baffled by it
I will try and explain
Banyon Court is an affluent residential block in London, the penthouse is lived in by Tobias, a multi billionaire who commissioned and owns the whole building, there is also a not so affluent side ( at the back ) where the ‘poor’ people live, the book is then a set of short stories based around people who live there or are associated with the building ie a plumber, the
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Nils | nilsreviewsit
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thirteen Storeys is the debut release by Award-winning The Magnus Archives podcaster, Jonathan Sims. Part horror, part thriller and part paranormal, this is a deliciously dark twisted tale where you will enter a haunted house quite like no other.

Our story is set in Banyan Court - a thirteen storey residential development built in London and owned by the infamous billionaire entrepreneur, Tobias Fell. Banyan Court was built to accommodate both rich and poor residents, with the apartments being di
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Ella
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Secret Readers.

I wasn't so sure about this at first because I've never actually read a horror book, I've read thrillers but never horror so it was a bit of a leap in the dark but I'm glad I chose this book.

The story is set in a block of flats in London, and in each new chapter we follow a different character living or working at Banyan Court. Each character is experiencing something distinctly paranormal in the building, whether they are from the rich
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Blair
The debut novel from Jonathan Sims, best known as the creator and star of the horror podcast The Magnus Archives, revolves around a London building. Banyan Court is the creation of billionaire entrepreneur Tobias Fell (who supposedly inhabits the penthouse, though nobody ever seems to see him). It's divided into two parts, and they are polar opposites: a set of expensive luxury apartments on one side, a designated block of 'affordable housing' on the other. Each chapter concentrates on the story ...more
Michelle
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims a collection of stories about residents of Banyan court. A building owned by Billionaire Tobas fell who died when he invited 12 people to dinner. Each story about the residents tell us of paranormal experiences that they have while residing there and after each of them being given an invitation to join Tobas fell for dinner.
I really enjoyed these unique stories about the residents that came to an inclusion at the end. Each from different backgrounds and some of
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elisaGolden
Jun 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
A book?? By Jonathan “Jonny” Sims himself????? Yes, i’m ready to die the millionth time by the hands of this man.
Liz Barnsley
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blimey this one steals your sleep, not only because its such a page turner but it is very very creepy…I spent several nights waking up suddenly thinking someone was watching me…yep that’s a sign of a great piece of storytelling right there.

We open with a retrospective of an unsolved mystery – that of the death of a rich entrepreneur at his own dinner party…to this day his guests have remained tight lipped claiming no knowledge of how it occurred. Reader, we are about to find out..

Strange events,
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Karen Barber
I received this book from Secret Readers, and was initially attracted by the suggestion of different tales merging to form a coherent whole. I was unsure about the extent to which this story could hold attention, but I feel it works overall.
Our main focus is the wealthy businessman Tobias Fell, who is found dead in his penthouse apartment. Nobody knows what happened to him and there are no signs of anything untoward. On the night of his death there were a number of guests from the building he ow
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Brittany Smith
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story is set in a block of flats in London, and in each new chapter, we learn of a different character living or working at Banyan Court. Each character is experiencing some sort of paranormal activity in the building, whether they are from the rich side or the poor. Their only connection to one another are these experiences, and the invite they each receive for dinner with the billionaire owner of the building who hasn't been seen in public for years.

Jonathan Sims knows how to write a creep
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T.A.
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this Advanced copy free via Secret Readers.

I really enjoyed this book. It starts by telling you about the strange circumstances of the death of Tobias Fell but gives no explanation. It then takes you back to the events that led up to that event. This is a type of storytelling I am more used to seeing in a movie but it works well here. There are some parts that are very clever in the way they are told and I love how you can see things start to come together as the story develops.

Even knowi
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John Mccormick
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My thanks to the Author publishers and Secret Readers for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review.
This is a very clever descriptive engaging tale, atmospheric with brilliantly drawn characters who leap off the page. Thirteen Storeys refers to a block of flats in London owned by a reclusive billionaire who lives in the penthouse, but very cleverly also refers to thirteen chapters each a short story about a particular individual character, but all ultimately lin
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vatana 🦋
Jun 12, 2020 marked it as to-read
so Mr. Magnus Archives wrote this?
Kath
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well... this was a little different - and in a good way. Set in a residential block in London - catering for both the haves and the have nots. Commissioned and owned by billionaire (and then some) Tobias Fell who himself resides in the penthouse. At the start we know he is now dead, the circumstance around this, well, a bit up in the air. We then go back and meet a bunch of characters who all have some connection to the building in the form of short stories, all culminating in the receipt of an ...more
Laura
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book thanks to NetGalley and publisher Orion Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

I was incredibly hyped to read this book and I have to say, I'm a little disappointed. I think the blurb is rather misleading and it gave me the wrong impression of what this book was. Rather than it being a set of alibis/ghost stories presented after the billionaire has died mysteriously, it is instead a short story collection of various people in the building encountering va
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Hayley
Nov 13, 2020 added it
Thirteen Stories is a debut novel by podcaster Jonathan Sims. The story revolves around a mysterious building called Banyan Court in the heart of London. There are 2 parts to Banyan Court - the elite and exclusive apartments for the rich - it's owner, Tobias Fell, lives in the penthouse. A mysterious man that is incredibly rich and powerful but surrounded by controversy due to his nefarious business dealings (and who no one ever seems to see). The residents in this section of the building are al ...more
Miss R
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Orion Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

High concept novels tend to be hit or miss - usually a miss. Usually this is because the author’s focus is on the delivery of the concept and not the hard yards that actually make a story. Superficial and flimsy plotting usually ensues. This is certainly not the case with ‘Thirteen Storeys’, which rather reminded me of something the late JG Ballard would have written, with certain thriller-esque tropes added!to
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Rachel Bridgeman
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a very different, portmanteau selection of tales from different residents who all live,or work in Banyan Court.
The principle storyline is centered around the mysterious disappearance of architect and billi0naire, Tobias Fell who dropped off the face of the earth following a dinner party with 13 residents from his property. The front of the building is there for those who have, whilst the back of the building is there is for those without.
Each chapter is a self contained story, or 'storey
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HerEnchantedBookshelf
Fantastic. That's all I have to say!

But to elaborate, I have never read anything like this before. I wouldn't usually read 'horror' but this novel was so immersive and descriptive that I felt I physically couldn't put it down. The main reason for 5 stars is that the plot was clever. So clever. Each character was entirely different and they were all haunted in a very specific and diverse way, leading to a fantastic ending that really, truly surprised me.
The descriptions of the hauntings where to
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Sarah
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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This is quite a weird one as not really sure how I feel about this book. When I saw the cover and blurb, I was desperate to read it as definitely sounded the perfect read for the spookiest time of year.

The story centres around Tobias Fell and the building he owns, Banyon Court. It is made up of thirteen chapters where we get to meet fellow tenants or people connected to the building. At the end of each chapter, the person gets an invite to a dinner party being hosted by none other than Tobias F
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Natalie Rampling
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was so excited by the premise but I have to say I got way too confused by the many characters and their back stories to fully appreciate this intricate story. I felt like I needed to make notes! A cast list would have been really useful to refer to!
The denouement was very late in coming but was well executed.
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earcs
3.5/5

Nicely done on this collection of 13 stories called 13 storeys, also a nice play on words!

The stories for each resident/person connected to the building presented were each super creepy in their own right and some of them certainly gave me goosebumps. Penny or Max had to be the most terrifying of all the 'antagonists' and each story drew you toward the end.

However, the last story just hit the mark for me which is unfortunate as it is the one that it's all been building too, it just felt la
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Sabrina
May 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jessica
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Secret Readers.

This book really suprised me. I will admit at the start I wasn't very keen on it and didn't like some of the perspective characters. However, once things started to tie together and I realised what was going on, I was enthralled. This book is definitely a slow burn but it's necessary to build the creepy atmosphere. The ending wrapped things up well.
OldBird
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Secret Readers.

This is what would happen if The 7th Guest (anyone else remember those old FMV games of yore?) had a baby with The Shining and packed it off to live in contemporary London. It is a disjointed story of many disparate characters who have nothing in common except a connection to Banyan Court - a London high-rise apartment complex built by the mysterious, reclusive, insanely rich Tobias Fell. They all seem to be experiencing things that canno
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Mark
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thirteen Stories is a great example of an anthology novel – one where a number of stories are connected together by a framing story. I used to love these anthologies as movies too – anyone who has seen old Amicus movies such as Tales from the Crypt (1972 ), Asylum (1972) or Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) will know what I mean.

In this case the framing story is that of billionaire Tobias Fell, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances in his penthouse in the flats he owned in
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Elli (Kindig Blog)
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was really excited to start reading the ARC for ‘Thirteen Storeys’ as I’d been hearing a lot of chatter and excitement about it and boy, it did not disappoint!

Jonathan Sims really hooks you in at the beginning with an obituary to Tobias Fell, a billionaire who built and lives in ‘Banyan Court’ where the story is set. Banyan Court is an interesting setting, part fancy, expensive block of flats and part slum. I would have loved a picture or plan or the building as I found it a little hard to pi
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 3.5 really.

Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.

Pros: Engaging format. A few interesting/unexpected twists on classic haunting tropes.
Cons: Not all the characters are likeable (thought that's kind of the point). The ending, while vivid, is less impactful than the single stories and a bit too convenient.
WARNING! Haunting (ha!) imagery. Gore. Violence.
Will appeal to: Fans of supernatural/horror stories with a mystery edge and a social justice background.

First off...DI
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Ab
Sep 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I love horror reads, and I loved "The Magnus Archives," but this book was solidly an okay book.

There was a BIG concept underway for the book, but I'm not sure it quite worked for me. The book is essentially a collection of short stories, some better than others. This method made it very difficult to stay engaged, knowing the next chapter was going to completely shift focus. I understood, functionally, that each story was supposed to be happening in the same weird apartment building. It didn't m
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Kat
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very strange book and although it was different to how I thought it would be I found it to be a completely riveting read. I have to admit that at first I wasn’t so sure this was going to be a read I would enjoy as each chapter is a different story and I’m not a lover of short stories but the difference here is that each story is connected and I have to say these stories were weird, creepy and downright gruesome in some cases and they all led to one hell of a horrifying finale.
Difficul
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