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The Apartment

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K.L. Slater

About the Creator

"I’ve learned that my readers don’t trust me one iota…readers are often suspicious from the very first page!" K. L. Slater is the author of psychological thrillers she describes as "tense with a sinister sense of building dread"—domestic noir stories that the reader or listener believes might happen to them, with a twist they don’t see coming. While still holding down a full-time job, Slater embarked upon an English and creative writing honors degree at Nottingham Trent University (UK), receiving first class honors. Part of her dissertation became a story called The Bridge. After finishing her MA, Slater successfully launched herself as an author of multi-award-winning Young Adult novels, writing as Kim Slater. But she found that the character of Anna (the protagonist from The Bridge) kept calling her back to finish her story. And so Slater gave both the character and the story new life in her first crime novel Safe with Me, her first novel as K. L. Slater. While she can often be found reading multiple books at once, she says she only ever writes one at a time as she becomes so immersed in each world, "occasionally it dawns on me that I do spend so many hours of my day in worlds that don’t exist."

Tuppence Middleton

About the Performer

Tuppence made her screen debut in the 2009 British horror comedy Tormented. She went on to star in Chatroom, Cleanskin, The Lady Vanishes, Trap for Cinderella, The Love Punch, and Jupiter Ascending, as well as Danny Boyle’s Trance with James McAvoy and A Long Way Down opposite Rosamund Pike, Aaron Paul, and Toni Collette. In 2014, Tuppence was seen in the Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. She is also known for her roles on the small screen in Spooks and Netflix’s Sense8. In 2016, Tuppence was seen in War and Peace, the popular BBC One six-part TV series alongside Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, and Lily James. At the same time, she also starred in the BBC’s Dickensian. In 2017, Tuppence took the lead in Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams in the episode "The Commuter," opposite Timothy Spall. Tuppence starred in Vicky Jones’s The One at Soho Theatre. Tuppence took the lead opposite Daniel Mays in Fisherman’s Friends and starred as Mary Edison in The Current War opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. She is in the film adaptation of Downton Abbey alongside Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern, Joanne Froggatt, and Imelda Staunton. Tuppence has the lead in the psychological thriller Clifton Hill. Tuppence is in the cast of Shadowplay, a gritty dramatic thriller series from The Bridge co-creator Måns Mårlind.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 09-01-19

Very lightweight little psychological thriller!

I'm accustomed to paying $3.99 for Ms. Slater's Kindle ebooks and getting the Audible version for $1.99. The Apartment costs a full Audible credit. It's not close to being worth it. I've listened to several of Slater's audio books and Liar is the only one worthwhile. Lucy Price-Lewis narrates the other Slater audio books and she does a better job than Tuppence Middleton. I do not understand Audible's huge sales push for this mediocre novel.

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Do not recommend

This was a slow and predictable story, the narrator was so monotone it was hard to pay attention. The voice of the little girl sounded like a crotchety little old lady. Very disappointing.

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Great “Gaslight” with a Twist!

This was my first K.L. Slater book. It had wonderful suspense. It truly reminded me of the classic movie Gaslight, but with a twist. I certainly didn’t guess whodunnit. I’ll definitely be reading/listening to another! I feel a psychological thriller/suspense binge coming on. I truly loved Tuppence Middleton’s narration, with the exception of little Skye’s voice. She did so well with the rest, I hesitate to criticize. Yet, Skye sounded more like an evil old lady than a young girl. I even got a second and a third opinion in my household. My husband said he didn’t know about evil, but definitely old. My son said “old witch.” That’s probably the best description. She did such an amazing job otherwise, I eventually didn’t even notice quite as much. It’s beyond me how any of the narrators keep the voices straight when switching back and forth. I often wondered if they read each voice separately and they were then all put together. Yet, there’s a wonderful video of her recording the book, and she read right through it, switching voices before my eyes. I’d certainly recommend this one!

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  • Sara
  • Next Book Review Blog
  • 09-03-19

Solid story

Man do I love the British accents. I could listen to this narrator all day long!! The story was solid but I think I worked it up so much in my head that I was just dying for it!

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bookgirl

Silly, unbelievable story. The voice of little girl sounds like a wicked witch. Don't waste your credits on this one.

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Great book!!

This book was great! So very glad I preordered it! Highly recommended! The last 1/3 of the book, i was seriously on the edge of my seat. It was non stop action. I never could have guessed what was going on. NEVER!

Narrator: Tuppence Middleton did a really good job. The ONLY thing, the voice of the child was like fingernails on a chalkboard. But the rest of her awesome performance made up for it!

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Not a good book for audio

Couldn’t keep my interest and main character was boring and not very smart to not realize there was a trick to the whole thing. Couldn’t even finish it.

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  • bebe
  • from SC
  • 08-30-19

Tense! Reminds me a little of Rosemary's Baby

This book really kept my interest. I listened nonstop and really did not figure out the mystery until the author revealed it at the end. I gave the book overall a five star review because it was very entertaining and interesting - which is why I listen to books. There were some thin parts to the plot, but still a very engaging story. It definitely had the feel of Rosemary's Baby, which was a riveting story from many years ago. In The Apartment our protagonist lands in what appears to be fantastic luck. She has lost her home and needs a very cheap place to live. An apparent chance meeting with a Dr. Marsten ends up in the protagonist and her daughter moving into an apartment in Dr. Marsten's fantastic mansion in the best part of town. The rent is ridiculously dirt cheap and the Marsten's pay for many extras for her and her daughter. She is in paradise - the perfect apartment - maybe. Strange things begin happening - very strange things. Paradise turns into hell.

The narration is good except I absolutely could not stand the voice the narrator gave to the little girl, Skye. I wanted to slap the little girl every time she said Mummy - which was about a million times.

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Rushed Climax That's NOT Worth It

In Short: Boring. Predictable. Too detailed when you don't need it to be, but too rushed when you finally want the story to go into more detail. The narrator is the only good thing about this audiobook.

The first 75% of the story is PAINFULLY slow and the descriptions of scenes switch back and forth between having far too many details and not having enough. By the time the story actually begins to get interesting, it becomes frustratingly predictable.

(Don't worry, no spoilers) The Climax takes place during the last 1-2 hours of the book and it is SO rushed that it's hard to enjoy. The explanations for every "odd" thing that happened (nothing was actually too exciting to be honest) were so short and rushed that it just felt lazy.

Another aspect that annoyed me were scenes that were distractingly not explained correctly. For example, there's a scene where someone is said to be lunging at another person who's only a couple feet away but she's also simultaneously saying these long statements. The time frame of the lunge compared to how much they are saying at the same time makes zero sense. It's just sloppy and hard to listen to without noticing these annoying discrepancies that just don't add up.

I honestly don't know why this has so many good reviews. If it was a free Audible Original title at some point then I can understand why people might find it enjoyable for being free, but it's definitely not worth $15!

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Great Mystery!

Cool story with a twist, though somewhat predictable. Preformed excellently! (I wish the little girl's voice was a bit softer, but that's nit-picking) I thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely recommend!

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  • Simon
  • 09-01-19

An Author with a Plan!

K L Slater has a clear pacing to her thrillers which tend for the most part to be actually relatively gentle dramas that steadily ramp up until the end where they do kick off just a little. It's a formula that sometimes works for me, and at others it's been a bit of a damp squib despite her high quality writing. From near the off though this one just has a little bit more of an edge to it including ominous cutbacks to seemingly benign psychological experiments that took place decades ago.

A single mum, Freya, and her daughter, Skye, seem to have hit the jackpot when the eccentric Dr Marsden invites them to rent an appartment at the plush Adder House for a very low rent. Naturally not all is as it seems and through a series of increasingly disturbing incidents makes her question the nature of her new home.

For the thriller genre it's mostly fairly mild stuff but it's well-written, thoughtfully paced and the charmingly named Tuppence Middleton is mostly a very smooth narrator. I say mostly because the voice that she uses for the young Skye is almost certainly going to annoy some people, it is just a little sickly sweet If you listen to the audio sample there is an example just near the end of it.

By the end though I felt quite content with the book and it's definitely a step up from one or two of the others that I have read from this author recently. In this genre It's a pint of mild rather than a snakebite with whiskey chaser but as is often the case with Slater it bares some teeth at the end.

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  • Jules
  • 09-03-19

Not For Me

The narration was ok but the story...good grief. So implausible all the way through and the ending, well I fast forwarded through most of it. You might like it but I wouldn’t recommend it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-19

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I did enjoy this book however I found it pretty predictable and it dragged on a bit


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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-09-19

A bit like a 'B' movie

This felt like such an old style 'B' movie story that would have worked well as a condensed 'Tales of the unexpected'. It lacks credibility and the main character is so naive, to the point that I was almost shouting with frustration at the story line as it became less and less plausible. K.L.Slater is so good at writing about children, but this lacked her usual style and pace.

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  • Weigh In Time
  • 09-07-19

Great book, the ending was very sudden

I would have loved the book to have a few more twists and turns, the ending was thrown in the book in the last 20 minutes. more build up and more attempts to make her crazy needed.

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 09-05-19

Ok

Loved the book , but was abit disappointed about the ending. Kept me intrigued all the same

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  • Mrs Sally Cassidy
  • 09-02-19

Couldn’t put it down

Absolutely brilliant! Glued to it till the end just couldn’t put it down. Great story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-14-19

Loved this book

It has twists and turns throughout. The narration was very good. Enjoyed the story immensely.

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  • Louise
  • 09-06-19

The most boring book ever

I have only listened to five hours twenty minutes of this book and cannot bring myself to continue with the final two hours.

The book starts with a woman looking for a flat, her circumstances having changed. The story is improbable but I’m prepared to run with that; it is fiction after all. Then she sees the apartment and what follows is the most lengthy, tedious and unnecessary description of the building and it’s interior that you can possibly imagine. And so the book continues on its tiresome journey.

The story isn’t helped by yet another generic, south of England, middle class accent. There is nothing wrong with the narration, but with the book being so boring, it could really have done with a regional accent to bring some life into it.

Other reviewers speak of an exciting ending. For me, it’s not worth seven hours of void to get there.

I definitely do not recommend this book unless you are looking for something to force upon your sworn enemy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful