Author: Adam Nevill
“Darkness lives within …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, 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. 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?”
No One Gets Out Alive is everything a horror novel should be. Literally everything. The tension, the plot the description, the characters, and the twists! If this book doesn’t get made into 2, 2-hour films in the next 5 years, I will set someone on fire.
Sometimes in my reviews, I spoil the book. This review will not have spoilers because I want everyone to read this book and enjoy every word, sentence, and paragraph. Instead, I’ll talk about the plot, the writing, and all the rest.
No One Gets Out Alive was written in two parts. Part 1 was about the 9 days in the house and Part 2 was about the aftermath. Stephanie Booth is a great example of how to write a character that proactively moves your book forward. Plenty of books have trouble doing that. They either ignore their character so much that the plot is boring or, spend so much time on the character that the plot is forgotten. Stephanie is the great mix of both. Her actions had a reaction that moved the book forward. Nothing she did was a waste of the reader’s time.
The villains were just as spectacular as Stephanie. Knacker and Fergal were so disgusting and vile that I was desperate to read about their deaths and hoped it would be as gruesome as possible. The ghosts (that’s the best way to describe them) and their origins were so interesting and captivating that I would love, if it didn’t already exist, a prequel to No One Gets Out Alive just about the ghosts that ended up in the house.
The descriptive writing was what pushed the book over the edge. It was a very graphic novel and honestly eating at certain points in the book was a bad idea. But I loved it, too. Without the description of the house, Fergal, and the ghosts, the book wouldn’t have been nearly as good. Not by a mile.
A magnificent plot and great pacing. The tension created by the writing was so close to what I feel when watching a movie that I couldn’t believe it. There were several twists in this book, all of them amazing.
The one criticism I have is that it’s kind of too long. No One Gets Out Alive is 628 pages. Because it was 2 parts, it could have been split into 2 novels. But that’s all. Everything else was perfect.
I’m really happy that I chose this book for the ONTD reading challenge. I would recommend this book to anyone, horror fan or not. I will also be waiting for No One Gets Out Alive to hit theaters and will be the first one in line.