I’ve read and loved every single one of Riley Sager’s books and this one is no different! I ended up finishing this in two days which is ridiculously fast for me. I am so honored to have been able to read and review this book early through Netgalley, so thank you so much to them and the publisher for the opportunity!
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.
I felt so bad for Jules and the situation she’s in, and I really connected with her. She didn’t want to rely on everyone for help and wanted to be independent, and I loved her for not only for her independence, but also because she didn’t judge others who were in even worse situations than her. Even people she doesn’t know very well like Ingrid she feels a deep need to make sure they are okay and that she tries her best to be friendly and open.
The Bartholomew is this high class apartment building with many famous people living in it, and to make the place feel less empty when the apartment owners are away, they hire apartment sitters to care for the apartment. Because of Jules’ financial situation, she jumps at the chance to make the crazy amount of money they pay someone just to stay in the apartments. After meeting Ingrid however, she starts to think that there may be something else going on within the building
As far as the mystery/big reveal, I didn’t see that ending coming! I had come to the same conclusions as Jules fairly early on, but then the real reason for all the strange happenings in the Bartholomew was so incredibly messed up. Sager always does a good job of making me feel shocked and horrified by the end of the book, and this one was no different!
Thank you so much to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc! All thoughts are my own 🙂