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, disturbingly 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 dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew 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.
4 out of 5 stars
This was my first book by Riley Sager and it definitely will not be my last. I was a little hesitant to read this book since it is incredibly hyped right now, but I am so glad that I took a chance on it.
I went into this book blind, but still knew a few small details from other people in the book community talking about it so much. For the most part though, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Right from the start I was weary and creeped out from the offer that definitely sounded too good to be true. Desperation can lead you to making decisions that you may not have made otherwise though.
As the story progressed, I became more and more creeped out. There were several times that I got chills while reading. It’s been a long time since a book has creeped me out like that. I made the mistake of reading a good chunk of this book at night, alone, so that had my awareness hightened even more than usual while reading.
While I was able to correctly guess who couldn’t be trusted at the Bartholomew, the reason behind it took me by surprise. It was twisted for sure.
I liked that the ending tied up most of the questions a reader would have had at the end of the book but also left a couple other things open for you to wonder about on your own. Sometimes it’s nice to not have everything tied up in a neat little bow.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.