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.
Wow…what a crazy, creepy story that was!
Jules Larsen is desperate for a job. She has recently broke up with her boyfriend and has next to no money to her name. She answers an ad for an apartment sitter and is taken aback when she realizes that the apartment is located in the legendary Bartholomew. The job is to stay in one of the recently vacated apartments that overlook beautiful Central Park and get paid for it. Is this an opportunity of a lifetime or too good to be true?
I loved Jules and yet I really worried about her. There are very strict rules that the apartment sitters must adhere to, such as not disturbing the other residents. Jules just could not seem to help herself and constantly broke that rule, even after being warned a number of times. Her determination to uncover the mysteries of the Bartholomew are admirable, but I really wish she would keep a lower profile.
I loved the layout of the chapters. They counted down the days, starting with “Six Days Earlier”, and sprinkled in a “Now” chapter every so often. The “Now” chapters were very intriguing and only fed my eagerness to learn what happened at the Bartholomew.
I don’t think Riley Sager could write a bad book if he tried. I have been sitting on this review for a few days wondering how in the world I was going to put into words how much I enjoyed this book. Quite simply – I loved it! It was mysterious, creepy, and eerie. It is a fast paced story, that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the very end!
*Thank you Dutton for the opportunity to read and review this book via NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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Publication Date: 7/2/2019
Pages: 384 (eBook)
*Book 7/20 in the 20 Books of Summer reading challenge.
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