Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Apartment by S. L. Grey

Author: S. L Grey
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date of publication: October 2016

Mark and Steph live an idyllic life with their young daughter in sunny Cape Town until one day when three men in masks violently break in. Traumatized but physically unharmed, Mark and Steph are unable to return to normal and are living in constant fear. When a friend suggests they take a restorative vacation abroad via a popular house-swapping website, it sounds like the perfect plan. They find a nice artistic couple with a charming apartment in Paris who would love to come to Cape Town. How could Mark and Steph 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. As their perfect holiday takes a deadly turn, the cracks in their relationship grow ever wider and dark secrets from Mark’s past begin to emerge.

Mark and Steph are a South African couple who take a vacation in Paris after their home is invaded by robbers.  The apartment swap seems like a great way to save money and recover.  Unfortunately is doesn't turn out that way they planned.

The Apartment is a hard book to review because there are some major plot points that will kind of ruin the ending.  If I had to rate this book based on the last 1/4 of the story, I would give it 4 stars.  The biggest issue is that the rest of the book was just OK for me.  It was kind of slow and neither main character was ultra exciting.  I hung in there because I wanted to see what how it ended. I actually liked the ending and it almost made up for the rest of the book.  In the end, I think this story had a lot of potential, it just didn't quite hit the mark.  If you go into it not expecting it to be a horror story or even a chilling psychological thriller, you will be all set.

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