Based on the ad, the room at 82 Edgehill Road sounded just too good to be true. And it was.
The landlord is skeevy and the shared bathroom and kitchen are so dirty that it’s all Stephanie can do to get in and out as quickly as possible. But the room seems nice, until the lights go out and the noises start. It begins with a rustling under the bed – mice, Stephanie thinks – then voices in the fireplace, which could always be the sounds of another tenant’s TV. But when shuffling footsteps cross her room and something Stephanie can’t see sits on her bed, she’s all out of explanations.
Stephanie vows to get out, even going so far as to consider abandoning her deposit, but with no work and no money there’s nowhere for her to go. And soon Stephanie realizes that the noises aren’t even the worst of it.
Adam Nevill’s latest is a fresh and frightening haunted house tale. Nevill paints his heroine into a corner, taking away all of her options, and then turns her story upside down. It’s dark – as dark as dark can get, actually. And it’s creepy as all get out. But if you happen to like your horror dark and creepy, then No One Gets Out Alive is absolutely perfect.
No One Gets Out Alive is the kind of horror read I crave: one that keeps me up at night, freaks me the heck out, and keeps me on my toes. Not only that, but the twist and big reveal were totally unexpected even for a seasoned haunted house fan such as myself. Top marks all around for Nevill’s latest.
4/15 Becky Lejeune
NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE by Adam Nevill. St. Martin’s Press (April 28, 2015). ISBN 978-1250041289. 640p.