WLW is a recurring blog segment in which I highlight a book I have on my wish list. Sometimes it's a new release, sometimes a beloved classic, and sometimes it's a hidden gem.
If you know my reading tastes, you know I'm a sucker for ghosts. And if there's a part of the world that knows ghosts, a strong argument can be made for England. Enter Adam Nevill.
An American woman inherits an apartment from her late great-aunt situated in an upscale section of London. In that building though, there's an apartment that's been empty for half a century--no one enters, no one leaves. Apartment 16.
The last time I read something that sounded like this was Sarah Langan's Audrey's Door, which was a really good book. Checking out some of the reviews on Goodreads though, it's been hit-or-miss with readers. The main criticism sounds like it's more atmospheric than what a Hollywood-type ghost story would entail. That's fine by me. If it spends a lot of time building atmosphere and suspense, that's fine by me. Bring it.
I interviewed Michael West a while back and asked him if the Americans could take the Brits in a World Series of Ghost Stories. He sided with the Yanks, though I wonder if the Brits might not have the edge purely on seniority. What do you think?