Rating: 3 Stars
Synopsis (A Tad Spoiler-y)
Jules has been having a bad run. In one single day she’s lost her job and walked in on her boyfriend cheating on her! After occupying her best friend Chloe’s couch for a while, she’s managed to find a new job and living accommodations all in one. The Bartholomew (a prestigious and well known building) requires an apartment sitter for 12A. Jules will be living in the building of her dreams – and she’ll be getting paid to do it. Perfect!
Except for Leslie Evelyn’s apartment sitting rules. She overseas the Bartholomew’s apartment sitters and she has three strict rules:
1. Every night the apartment sitter must be in the apartment.
2. No visitors – ever.
3. Don’t bother the real residence of the building.
Jules thinks it’s a bit strange but she accepts the conditions since she’s out of any other viable options (and the building is the very one straight from her favourite novel Heart of a Dreamer!)
But the Bartholomew has a sordid and terrifying past and the longer Jules lives there and the more she gets to know the other sitters and residence, the building becomes less of a dream come true and more of a living nightmare.
Jules is determined to get to the bottom of the Bartholomew’s mysterious past – and present.
I’m just going to start off by warning you all for the one hundredth time: I’m a huge Riley Sager fan. I read Final Girls and was completely hooked. Then The Last Time I Lied came out and I devoured that one as well.
I’ve been waiting anxiously to read this since I heard of it’s existence and I bought it right away. Now. That being said. Straight up, Final Girls is the best of Riley Sager. That book was chilling and shocking. So if you’re only going to pick up one Sager book this year – let it be Final Girls.
However. This book was dang good! I enjoyed it more than The Last Time I Lied and I liked that, towards the end, when Jules is getting closer to the Bartholomew’s secrets it didn’t end up being what was first speculated. Because when I started reading that part I did start to feel a little let down by the direction of the plot (aka the truth behind the building and its residence.) But then we get an ending (and reasoning to everything) that isn’t as dramatically eye rolling as the first “explanation” Jules comes up with. It took a darn good left turn exactly at the end and did shock me and make me stop rolling my eyes.
Just read it! It was good. It was worth it. I’m anxiously awaiting Riley Sager’s next book. I’m not sure when or if that will be coming out but I sure as heck hope it’s soon. I’ll have to do some research on that.
If you read this book let me know what you thought! Good or bad? Better or worse than Final Girls?
Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are simply my own honest ones and I have not been asked to write this review. Not everyone may agree with my thoughts and that’s okay! I hope you enjoy reading about mine.