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Apartment 16

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  4,003 ratings  ·  530 reviews
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 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 enough to change his life f
Paperback, 449 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Pan Macmillan (first published 2010)
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Saba The story moves along at a snail-pace so unless you have a lot of free time which you can devote to just reading, I say skip this book. I've been read…moreThe story moves along at a snail-pace so unless you have a lot of free time which you can devote to just reading, I say skip this book. I've been reading it for a while and honestly, I'm struggling to finish it because it just feels as if nothing is happening. (less)

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Aug 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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 O
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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
Heather Dalgarno
May 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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
Steve Stred
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2020 has been the year of discovering Adam Nevill. So far, I’ve read Last Days, The Ritual, The Reddening, Wyrd & Other Derelictions and his two mini-collections Before You Wake and Before You Sleep and all have been fantastic reads. While falling in love with Last Days, I made sure to pick up his back catalog so that everything was locked and loaded on my Kindle so I could dive in ASAP. Of course, ASAP meant it took me a few more months longer to get to Apartment 16 than originally planned, and ...more
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror-fiction
Highly original take on the classic ghost story, absolutely gripping throughout.
Ashok Banker
Oct 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
good book by an author I didn't know so far! ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Daniel James
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a grim read, in all the right ways. Apartment 16 is the first book I have read by Adam Nevill, but I'll definitely be checking out others; however, I did see the movie adaptation of The Ritual which I thought was great.

Apryl is a young American woman visiting London to check out the seemingly great, up-scale apartment in Barrington House which she (and her mother, who has remained stateside) has oddly, and unexpectedly, inherited from her mysterious and estranged great aunt. Naturally,
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A creepy twist on a haunted house meme. Our MC Apryl and her mom have inherited the estate of her great aunt, which consists of a flat in a swanky part of London. Apryl arrives and finds her aunt's flat a hoarder's mess, basically unchanged from the 1940s. A parallel story involves a porter at the building, who is increasingly having visions or something. Apryl discovers her aunt's diaries and discovers she has not gone beyond a mile of the building since 1950. Although Apryl is getting creeped ...more
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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
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
Mar 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Feb 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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
J.M. Brister
Aug 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Nobody transfers weird and twisted to the page quite like Adam Nevill
thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
"I see them everywhere. Their thin silhouettes hanging in all of the windows. Not fully formed or half concealed by the shadows. Sometimes they just push uselessly against walls in the entries of basement flats, or crouch muttering in the quiet, dirty corners of mews streets or in the wasted spaces behind buildings."

Does this creeps you out? It sure did send chills down my spine. This book is replete with eerie and haunting descriptive writing and is definitely a horripilation-worthy read! Apart
Nov 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
What did I just read? I put this book down for almost a year. I picked it up again for Halloween. Or maybe, just to finish it.
FYI? There are no scares. Maybe if hoodie kid had been the focal point there would have been? But, no.
Apryl the American goes to England (London to be exact) after inheriting her great aunt Lillians apartment. At first she's psyched. Vintage clothes in her size, a great old apartment... Then she comes across the diaries. Then she starts getting creeped out. Is she seeing
Shanna Davis
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved The Reddening, but this one just wasn't for me. This tale features a young American woman, Apryl, who inherits a London apartment from her wealthy great-aunt. However, the building is haunted by a malevolent force that has lain dormant for fifty years, but is now stirring.
This book almost became a DNF approximately halfway through; the character of Seth is deluged in detail that seemed to be too involved & much too wordy for me. The material is gruesome. The author could have achieved th
James Parsons
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I have known about this one since it was first published I think, but only started to read through all of his books more recently. After one I just had to read more.
This is one of his very early works and so may not seem as elaborate or polished as his later works but it is most certainly very well formed as a chilling macabre tale. It follows nightshift security porter/troubled artist Seth and young American Apryl, whom both individually find themselves unable to keep away from apartment 16.
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Harpies in the Trees
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Set up:
An American flies to England to settle the estate of her great aunt Lillian. The apartment is in a luxury complex called The Barrington House with a few relic residents who have been there since the 1940s. Apryl, a vintage clothing retailer, hits the jackpot with her aunt's meticulous kept clothing from the 40s (that just happens to fit her perfectly), and while sorting through all these treasures of clothing, and accessories she finds a drawer filled with diaries.

The diaries are suggesti
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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', 'Under a Watchful Eye' and 'The Reddening'. His first short story collection, 'Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors', was publish ...more

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