|Thank you so much to Dutton, and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.|
I have read Riley Sager’s previous novels and absolutely LOVED them and this one was no different. I had really high hopes for this book and oh boy did it deliver.
Jules Larsen has recently been laid off from her job, broke up with her cheating boyfriend and finding herself in need of a place to live with little to no money. When she accepts a job as an apartment sitter at one of NYC most famous buildings, The Bartholomew, Jules beloved her luck is about to change. The pay is amazing so she pushes away thoughts that this could be to good to be true. Of course there are a lot of rules she must follow; she cannot ever have any visitors, she must sleep in the apartment each night, no sharing anything on social media as the residents of the building are very private. Which also includes no talking to the residents unless they speak to her first.
“Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can. “
So, Jules moves into apartment 12A and meets a young girl, Ingrid. Who lives in the apartment below her in 11A, who is also an apartment sitter. They quickly become friends, and agree to meet in Central Park every day at noon for lunch. Ingrid shares her feelings with Jules about how the Bartholomew frightens her but she needs the money so she stays.
The next morning Ingrid is gone, she apparently moved out during the middle of the night without a word to anyone. Jules tried repeatedly to get into contact with her, texts and phone calls go unanswered. Of course Jules becomes worried about the girl and is curious about how she left. As Jules tries to uncover what happened she starts to uncover a series of dark and disturbing secrets that have been happening at The Bartholomew for quiet some time.
This is a fast paced read, suspenseful and it kept me wanting to pick it back up and read until it was finished. There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming and a few I figured out but it was still an incredible book.I am a huge fan of Sager’s thrillers and I cannot wait to see what he writes next! Definitely recommend if you enjoy atmospheric settings, mystery and shady people.
*Quotes included are from a digital advanced reader’s copy and are subject to change upon final publication