SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“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.”
This was a great book for October. Like every Riley Sager book I’ve read, I stayed up way too late trying to finish because I’m trying to figure what was going on. At this point if an ouroboros shows up in your novel, I’m going to assume you are super creepy and up to bad stuff.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I always get caught up in Riley Sager’s novels. I want to figure out what is happening so bad that I just don’t end up putting the book down. That being said, I don’t think it’s the strongest of his novels. Jules is a very relatable heroine, she is a millennial, struggling to find her place in the world. I can definitely identify with her feelings of being lost in the world. This book falls into the gothic horror genre, but with a modern twist. I felt like the ultimate reveal was a little too outlandish for me. That being said, the climax of the book is incredibly cinematic.
So while I had my frustrations with this book, I still enjoyed it. It was a great read for October, with a relatable heroine. I still enjoyed Final Girls and Home Before Dark more though.