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Publisher's Summary

A haunting thriller about a troubled married couple whose vacation to Paris leads them into a nightmare.

Mark and Steph have a relatively happy family with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when armed men in balaclavas break in to their home. Left traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and live in constant fear. When a friend suggests a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan.

They find a genial, artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. Mark and Steph can't resist the idyllic, light-strewn pictures and the promise of a romantic getaway. But once they arrive in Paris, they quickly realize that nothing is as advertised. When their perfect holiday takes a violent turn, the cracks in their marriage grow ever wider, and dark secrets from Mark's past begin to emerge.

Deftly weaving together two complex and compelling narrators, S. L. Grey builds an intimate and chilling novel of a disintegrating marriage in the wake of a very real trauma. The Apartment is a terrifying tour de force of horror, of psychological thrills, and of haunting suspense.

©2016 S L Grey (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Gripping, creepy as hell, and the dread will linger for days afterwards." (Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls and Broken Monsters)
"Dark and deeply disturbing. Trust me - this tense and frightening piece of horror is not for kids - or for the faint-of-heart. I'm still shuddering." (R. L. Stine, New York Times best-selling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street)
"The Apartment is a perfectly crafted, deeply unsettling thriller: a portrait of a marriage unraveling, of the haunting and the haunted, and the idea that grief might be a door that can let other horrific things in. This book had me turning on all the lights, checking under the bed and in the closet, and savoring every terrifying page." (Jennifer McMahon, New York Times best-selling author of The Night Sister)

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Creepy and Enjoyable

What did you love best about The Apartment?

The protagonists are a married couple with a small daughter who live in Capetown and are recovering from a break-in at their home. Their decision to do a house-swap with a Paris couple seems like the perfect much needed vacation on a budget. These are well-drawn characters who we really get to know throughout the story, but that doesn't mean they are always good people all the time- a. It naive, a bit unstable, but that's what keeps things interesting.

Have you listened to any of Nicholas Guy Smith and Fiona Hardingham ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and both narrators are always good. I especially enjoy Fiona Hardingham.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were some great moments when the couple is in Paris. Very atmospheric and mysterious, between the apartment and the general ambiance of the city in winter.

Any additional comments?

Shocking revelations from alternating POV characters really serves to emphasize the relationship between two people who probably don't know each other as well as they think. Overall a great read and kept me engaged with creepy traditional horror aspects along with good characterization- I recommend this one!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Ghost, Monster or Folie a Deux?

Who cares? The Apartment is a creepy slow burn of a book and a superb production. It's the kind of book that really gets under the reader's skin - just read the other reviews- it's as though we listened to different books! No, the Apartment is not perfect, I wanted a bit more padding, but I enjoyed every minute of it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Like most reviews of this author's books: mediocre but interesting.

I read this book's reviews after I finished it and it seems the consensus is that the plot is intriguing, never boring, but confusing - and I agree. However, I think intentionally confusing the reader and withholding a complete and satisfying ending is a really lazy method. The book had all the ingredients and opportunities to fully develop into a very complete and clear creepy thriller...but it did not end up doing so. There were so many details and side stories that never revealed as significant even though they were recurring motifs. In fact there were so many detailed references to past events or descriptions of people and places that it seemed almost obvious we would find out what it all meant. But as I said, that never happens. Nonetheless the book will maintain your interest until the last word -- but all while you're wondering why there is only 15 minutes left and you're still confused.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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So Perfect.

I am not a fan of audio books as I find the pace too slow. Not the case here. I played it while unpacking and arranging my own new apartment. Simply brilliant. This book is perfection. I can't imagine a person who enjoys psychological crime thrillers being less than thoroughly engaged with this novel. "The Apartment" is gripping, tantalizing, fun, smart...you name it. Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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The Apartment

Good listen, good story, keeps you coming back. narrators are good. kind of strange but still good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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W onderful reader

This story is built around a common
premise. It brings no surprises, no appealing characters, no real answers
to what that thing hiding with the mol dy dust bunnies is or how it does it's ugly, dirty, smelly nasty job.
Without the female reader, this book would earn only a 2. She does so well, I
hung on through the entire reading - just in case the author created something
better than it is. Save your money.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sara
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Really expected more

I don't know, maybe it was too much hype for this book. It was a total dud for me. The narrators did fine. It wasn't that, it was the story. It was lacking for me. I honestly am shocked I finished it but I kept waiting for something amazing to happen for all these great reviews. I guess I missed it. I was bored to tears with it!

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Haunting, unnerving, quiet horror

Classic quiet horror, a slow-motion supernatural train wreck you can't look away from. This isn't in-your-face gore, it's a classic record one-half octave out of tune in the best way possible.

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holy crap! so good!!!!

the only thing that ever gets on my nerves is when a narrator TRIES to do foreign accents and fails... this book started steady built-up speed and then took such a left turn I was blown away. I want more!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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hard to make the back of the head look alive

Good stuff all the way around. Genuinely creepy atmosphere and imagery. It very much did get under my skin. A little slow here and there, but I don't mind a little slow. And I don't need an exploding vehicle every other page. Look elsewhere if you do. But I'm telling you, don't pass this one up. You'll be missing out on a case of the creeps.

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