Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Published: July 2, 2019
Book Description: No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story…until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
Rating: 3 Stars
Review: This is the second Riley Sager book that I have read and this one felt a bit tired. At first I thought it had a Rosemary’s Baby vibe, but it fell flat.
This book centers around Jules who takes a job as an apartment sitter in a famous NYC apartment building, think The Dakota. They have very strict rules about what you can and cannot do as an apartment sitter which Jules accepts. There are a couple of other people in her situation living there. Jules realizes shortly after moving in, not everything appears to be what it is. Other apartment sitters have gone missing under strange circumstances.
This book his peaks and valleys for me. Overall it was just OK, I was intrigued enough to stick with it, but it did not wow me. I am sure there is a place for this book in many people’s lives, just was a bit of a miss for me.