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The Resident: Movie Tie-In [Paperback]

Francis Cottam

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Book Description

Oct. 3 2011
Now a major motion picture starring Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Christopher Lee.
Every year, three million single women in America move into an apartment for the first time. Few of them change the locks.
Juliet Devereau can't believe her luck: after weeks of looking for a place to live, she's found a beautiful, spacious apartment overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. It almost seems too good to be true.
It is... Over the weeks, a chilling sense of being watched stalks Juliet. Strange sounds wake her in the night, the mirror in the bathroom trembles, and doors she thought shut are open. Then the silhouette of a man standing in her living room makes her realise that she's not alone in there. But what's haunting her is far more terrifying than a malevolent spirit; it's alive, strong and obsessed. Suddenly Juliet is caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse, and there's no guarantee that she'll come out alive.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hammer (Oct. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099556251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099556251
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,094,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

FRANCIS COTTAM is a full time journalist and author. His previous books include The Waiting Room, Slapton Sands, Hamer's War, and A Shadow on the Sun. He lives in London.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Nope. June 29 2014
By Donna - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Please note that I am writing this a long time and many books after I tried to read The Resident.

The best thing I can say about this book is that I borrowed it from the library so I didn't waste any money on it, only time. I don't remember anything about the plot - besides the fact that it wasn't interesting enough for me to overlook the many faults with the writing. What I do remember is that the first part of the book is told from the female character's perspective, and it read like the person who wrote it had no idea how the female mind works. It was absurd.

When it switched to the male character in the second part things did improve, but like I said earlier, not enough to keep me reading. This book was a serious letdown. I haven't read anything else by this author, and won't. I also haven't read anything else from this publisher, and if this is the sort of thing they have to offer, then I won't be rushing out for more.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read, But.... Nov. 24 2011
By vanessa cox - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a good read; enjoyed it. However, I've come to expect more from this author! I found the prose less interesting than his previous novels. This novel is based in the US; he is British and his other novels based in the UK. A different editor, maybe? Dark Echo, The Waiting Room, The House of Lost Souls, even The Magdelena Curse were more enjoyable to me. Like a previous reviewer mentioned, this reads more like a movie. I found the prose... simplistic? Not what I've come to expect from this author. However, still a good read. I prefer the more erudite prose in previous novels.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Thriller..... Oct. 16 2011
By annie frame - Published on
I loved this creepy story. The author wastes no time in pulling the reader into the plot which just keeps deepening page after page. First off Max is endearing and pulls on the heartstrings, but that all changes when Juliet has second thoughts about her marriage to author Jack. If you like a creepy thriller with a capital C this read is a must. 5 star rating off me.....well deserved!
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads Like a Decent Low Budget B Grade Thriller Movie July 31 2011
By James N Simpson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Basic plot of this one follows Juliet, a young emergency room surgeon, who is beaten up in her hospital's ER, and is reluctantly sent home to recover. Since it's the middle of the day and her husband believes she would never come home in the middle of the day, she walks in on him thrusting into a flirty blond tennis player she knows attends their country club on her bed. Deciding she can't ever set foot in that house again she is determined to quickly find an apartment before she recovers from the assault's injuries and returns to her hectic life as an ER surgeon once again. After only being shown dumps or shared apartments for the budget she is prepared to spend, she sees a handwritten note apartment for rent pinned on her hospital's noticeboard. The address is ideal, the apartment about ten times the size of anything she's seen before and the rent price half of even the worst apartment she's seen so far. You'd think like the family that buys a haunted mansion for the price of a flat in many horror themes who doesn't catch on that there's probably a good reason for this bargain, that the penny should have dropped for Juliet as well. But it doesn't and she moves into the apartment where someone is conducting their own low budget version of the movie slither.

I can see why this has been turned into a movie, as it reads just like you're watching one. I haven't seen the movie, but I imagine unless the director wanted to get all artsy or something, that it should be pretty easy to replicate scene for scene from the book onto the screen as all the chapters are very visual. Although by the book's movie tie-in cover they've obviously gone for a more creepy looking version of Max than the handsome landlord/building renovator that Juliet for a long part of the book was weighing up sleeping with if she decided to move on and close the marriage chapter of her life. Plus Juliet seems to look more like the woman her husband slept with than she does in the book.

The Resident's a fun thriller to read. Like a B grade Hollywood thriller, it has a fair few holes in the plot as well as scenes where you think why wouldn't the character notice this happening, including eye sized holes in the walls? Or why would one character who acts a certain way suddenly out of character do this for the plot to work. But it's a fiction novel after all, and one that is definitely an enjoyable read.

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