Today I bring you a review for Apartment 6 by Stuart James. I would like to thank Books On The Bright Side and Stuart for providing me a copy of this e-book for review. All opinions are my own. This is a no-spoiler review.
Be careful what you wish for…
When Meagan was five years old her mother was viciously attacked and murdered.
Now an adult, she herself is the victim of an abusive relationship. Meagan is desperate to escape but doesn’t have the courage to leave.
So, when Meagan meets Oliver, a decent guy who is on the rebound after a failed relationship, the two strike up a connection. But when Meagan confesses that her husband is abusive, it leads Oliver down a dark and dangerous path.
Just how far would you go to protect someone?
Oliver is about to find out and be pushed to his very limits…
This isn’t my first time reading one of Stuart’s books. I previously read Turn The Wrong Way and absolutely loved it. I have to say though that Apartment 6 is his best yet. I could not put it down and read it within 4 hours.
First I must offer a warning, the contents do deal with domestic violence and abuse so please be aware of this before reading the book.
I really wanted to commend Stuart on writing about this topic so well. I have experienced first hand domestic abuse as a child and I really did feel for Meagan all the way through. The book is split chapters, each taking either Meagan in the present or Meagan as a child. You get to see the full picture of what happened to her and how things were portrayed through her eyes.
The thing that really hits home with younger Meagan is the innocence. Despite what she witnessed she still remains so childlike in that respect and it is utterly heartbreaking.
The chapters with old Meagan really show how jaded she has become about life and without giving anything away, how her life has changed.
Stuart kept a brilliant pace with his writing and really conveyed the urgency needed in some of the chapters.
I would really urge anyone to read this if thrillers are your thing. It is an unpredictable read that will keep you on edge and guessing right until the end.
If I could give more than 5 stars for this I would.
I have always loved scary stories, especially ones that shocked me, left me terrified, looking under my bed or in the wardrobe before going to sleep.
There was just a fantastic buzz whenever I watched or read something that took my breathe away.
I remember going to my nan’s house in Ireland as a youngster with my mother and sister, on the West Coast, staying in a cottage, surrounded by miles of fields and my family sitting around the table in the kitchen at night telling ghost stories. Going out and exploring derelict farmhouses in the middle of nowhere. I remember clearly the field at the end of the road was supposed to be haunted by headless nuns.
My cousins often remind me of the great times we had, frightening each other and running for our lives whenever we’d see something that didn’t look right.
This is why I love nothing more than to tell a story.
I started writing two years ago, penning The House On Rectory Lane.
I got the idea from something that has often seemed scary to me. I know that a terrifying story has to be something that you’re frightened of doing, something that makes the hairs stand on the back of your neck, something that fills you with dread, yet also with excitement.
To me, the thought of going to a house in the middle of nowhere, upping and leaving a busy town and moving to the country is something that scares lots of people and me: the seclusion, the quiet, the darkness.
That’s what inspired me to write my first novel.
My second thriller is called Turn The Other Way.
I have multiple stories running, past and present. A family who want answers from the surgeon responsible for their daughter’s death.
A young woman looking for her parents after they go missing from a party.
A couple driving home and hearing screams for help from the back of the van in front of them.
A serial killer on the loose in North London, dragging victims off the street.
I’m so grateful when people not only read my thrillers but also take the time to get in touch and leave a review. To me, that is the greatest feeling, hearing from people that have enjoyed my work. I know then that I’m doing something right.
I’m currently working on my new thriller, Apartment Six, which Will be released 29th of January.
I’m 45, married and have two beautiful children. Currently, I’m a full-time plumber but would love nothing more than to make a living from my writing.
I hope I write stories and people continue to enjoy them for years to come. That would be completely amazing and a dream come true.
Thanks for reading.