Book Review | Thirteen Storeys by Jonathan Sims

Title: Thirteen Storeys

Author: Jonathan Sims

Publisher: Gollancz

Release Date: 26th November 2020

Source: NetGalley

A dinner party is held in the penthouse of a multimillion-pound development. All the guests are strangers - even to their host, the billionaire owner of the building
None of them know why they were selected to receive his invitation. Whether privileged or deprived, they share only one thing in common - they've all experienced a shocking disturbance within the building's walls. 

By the end of the night, their host is dead, and none of the guests will say what happened. His death has remained one of the biggest unsolved mysteries - until now.

But are you ready for their stories?

Straight off the bat you know someone has met their maker, straight away you know that the circumstances of that death are not the norm and straight away you know this isn’t going to be your usual crime novel.

Thirteen Storeys takes place in a seemingly glamorous building in a less than glamorous part of London.  Banyan Court, like a lot of London has been built over an older building, it is a shining beacon attracting the best kind of people.  Banyan Court is a building with two faces, the rich side facing the world and the back side where the affordable housing lies.  The residents in each half are wildly different from one another but that difference doesn’t stop some of them from experiencing bizarre and downright creepy occurrences.

The book leads to a dinner party held by the resident of the penthouse and building owner, the now reclusive Tobias Fell.  Each chapter tells the story of a resident and takes you on a journey to show you how they came to be invited to the dinner party.   Their journeys are always creepy, sometimes frightening and very very occasionally gory.  These people discover that this building is full of horrific secrets and it wants them to be heard.  

This wasn’t what I expected, I expected a people stuck in an apartment whodunnit kind of book, what I got was a supernatural horror murder mystery.  I am not complaining.  I loved it.  I read this book on my kindle under the cover of darkness and a couple of times I had to stop and peek over the top of the kindle to make sure nobody was there.  It was the best kind of creepy book that makes you tingle all over and hope that you did remember to lock the door.

Thank you to NetGalley and Gollancz for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds amazing. I'm not sure its available in the US yet, but I'll be watching out for it๐Ÿ˜

    1. I’ve no idea I’m afraid! Hopefully it’ll be out soon!

  2. A creepy story is always good but maybe not in the dark?

    1. I should know by now not to read these kind of books in the dark!

  3. I love the sound of this one: supernatural horror mystery...yes! :D

  4. I've been so curious about this one, so yay!! I'm glad to hear that you loved it.


  5. I can totally see you peeking over your kindle ! To be honest, so would I if I read that kind of books at night. It looks very promising, I'm adding it to my TBR mountain :)

  6. Reminds me a bit of House on Haunted Hill. Glad you really enjoyed it!


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