No One Gets Out Alive
Think your landlord is bad?
Release Date: OUT NOW!
634 pages | Paperback/ ebook Author: Adam Nevill Publisher: Pan MacMillan Renting a flat is murder. Anyone who’s ever endured damp, permanently leaky taps and dodgy landlords will tell you that. But few have had it quite as bad as the residents of the haunted house in Adam Nevill’s latest.
Knacker McGuire is the odious live- in landlord of 82 Edgehill Road, Birmingham. Penniless Stephanie moves in – and instantly regrets it. There’s weeping from behind the walls, footsteps outside her door at night and movement in the shadows of her room. She does the sensible thing and tries to leave, but circumstances conspire against her. And when Knacker’s cousin Fergal, turns up, things get really bad...
Adam Nevill has forged his reputation as one of the UK’s best horror writers by writing elegantly stripped down, deceptively simple novels. No One Gets Out Alive starts off as a similarly pared back take on the ghost story, but blossoms into something much grander in scale.
It’s a relief, frankly, because while the first third is well written, it feels like an exercise in suffocating, depressive misery. There’s timely subtext about the horrors of poverty and it’s clearly what Nevill was aiming for, but it makes for an unremittingly grim read. Thankfully, things kick into gear when Stephanie becomes more proactive, setting the stage for a final act that takes the terror into the wider world.
Edgehill Road is a real part of Birmingham – though it looks a lot nicer than the book would have you believe.