Jules Larsen, a 20-something who’s just lost her job and cheating boyfriend, thinks her luck is turning around when she’s hired as an apartment sitter in Manhattan’s historic and iconic Bartholomew. She’s being paid an incredible amount of money to essentially live in luxury and gaze out at Central Park from her new home. But, it comes with some serious strings attached…no visitors, she must spend every night in the apartment and no contact with some of the more infamous residents. The building also has a troubling history but Jules is unsure if it’s myth, fact or something in between. When she befriends Ingrid, another apartment sitter, and she goes missing after expressing some fear about the Bartholomew, Jules begins a perilous search to find out what happened to her.
Talk about a high creep factor! It doesn’t take long for the curious atmosphere of the Bartholomew to transition from glamorous to mysterious, in just a few pages. I soon realized that I couldn’t trust what I was seeing and hearing through Jules’ eyes and ears because of her own biased lens. Her tragic background made me wonder if she was overlaying her own experiences into the present but I wasn’t sure. After a bit, I gave up and just let the story take over (best decision!) and rode along. I trusted no one after awhile except Jules and let her work through it to the exciting end.
I loved this story for how it just captured my imagination so quickly and comprehensively. I found myself thinking about the story when I wasn’t listening to it. And speaking of listening, the narrator, Dylan Moore, was so completely Jules and how perfect that they both share names typically seen as male. She captured the character’s emotions as designed for every scene and didn’t try to over dramatize her or all of the other secondary ones. It was a great listening experience and the story addictive. I got to a point where I had no idea how it would end but certainly never guessed the reality. For me, that’s a very, very good thing. This author continues to be an auto read and I strongly recommend this book if you’re into creepy, highly atmospheric stories.
- Release Date: July 2, 2019
- Narrator: Dylan Moore
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 28 minutes
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
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(Thanks to Penguin Random House Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)