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 in an all-girl household 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. Is she imagining things, or suffering a breakdown, or does something far more sinister exist within the building? 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?Read full excerpt
An Entrée to No One Gets Out Alive
In the course of research for various books, I’ve tried to establish for myself what actually happened in certain notorious and “celebrated” events, as well as to determine as much as I can about the individuals who have attained a kind of cultish folk history around themselves – Jim Jones, Charles Manson, various serial killers etc. Now, the true nature of these episodes and individuals is often concealed by interpretations and imaginative re-inventions, and yet, the truth is often disappointingly banal. Even though I deal with the supernormal and unworldly, the human elements in my books are based on as authentic a psychology as I can suggest. And over and over again I find the same unscrupulous, reptile-brained intelligences, hidden beneath a superficial charisma, and feeding upon the trusting, the naïve and the vulnerable.
I have a kind of appalled curiosity about certain personality types – particularly the narcissistic variety – and I like to drill down and demystify them, even unman them in fiction, and explore the supernormal quality that seems to endure around their reputations.
Stephanie Booth in the novel is a young woman, not educated past further education, she’s working class slipping into the underclass, and not a cultured sophisticate. But she is naturally bright and already worn down by her struggles, so she is mature and strong beyond her years in other ways having had to deal with bereavement, instability in the family, and poverty. Survival has already begun shaping her. Though what she encounters at Edgehill Road will take her to the end of herself and her understanding of the world. She encounters not just the worst in humanity, but also the demoniac and supernormal.
Stephanie is submerged in abject terror, bouncing from mundane despair to supernatural fright so quickly that the reader becomes disoriented—a sensation that only enhances the suspense … a reading experience fraught with real chillsPublishers Weekly
A macabre, otherworldly tale of a young woman "swallowed whole and alive by the horror that refused to be sated.Kirkus
A menacing novel that gets under your skin and stays there.Geek Syndicate
This book throws horror at the readers from the very first paragraph and doesn't let up until the end. If you're a fan of horror and Adam Nevill isn't on your radar, you're doing something wrong.Arkham Digest
The plot is dark and brutal, and it might shock you, it might thrill you, but it will definitely leave you scared.I Love Reading