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Apartment 16 by Adam Nevill
Pan Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780330514965
Date: 21 May 2010 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: Certainly one of my most eager awaited titles of the year, Adam Neville's Apartment 16 is a book that was hotly contested when it is submitted to publishers by his agent. Pan Macmillan won the auction and will publish this spine-tingling ghost story this coming May. It's hard to believe that it's six years since I reviewed Neville's super-creepy M.R. Jamesean spook story Banquet For The Damned - it's a book that has certainly stayed with me in the intervening time and consequently I'm greatly looking forward to this new one.

" 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 Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.

Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building. And the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying . . . "

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