Sunday, 7 December 2014

URBAN FANTASY HORROR REVIEW: No One Gets Out Alive - Adam Nevill

Release Date: 23/10/14
Publisher:  Pan


Darkness lives within ...Cash-strapped, working for agencies and living in shared accommodation, Stephanie Booth feels she can fall no further. So when she takes a new room at the right price, she believes her luck has finally turned. But 82 Edgware Road is not what it appears to be. It's not only the eerie atmosphere of the vast, neglected house, or the disturbing attitude of her new landlord, Knacker McGuire, that makes her uneasy - it's the whispers behind the fireplace, the scratching beneath floors, the footsteps in the dark, and the young women weeping in neighbouring rooms. And when Knacker's cousin Fergal arrives, the danger goes vertical. But this is merely a beginning, a gateway to horrors beyond Stephanie's worst nightmares. And in a house where no one listens to the screams, will she ever get out alive?


The latest dark outing with Adam Nevill that delves into the dark heart of the human spirit as well as presenting a tale of the supernatural that will chill readers to the core. It’s definitely well written and whilst I’m more in love with his older poetic style that featured within his earlier titles (Apartment 16 and The Ritual), I have to admit that I enjoyed the way that this tale weaved its magic spell.

The prose was solid, the overall arc more than intriguing, however the major let down for me, was that the principle character within seemed to make some choices more for author convenience rather than through choice. All round a book that I did have a sleepless night reading and one that upon finishing left me happily fulfilled.

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