Jules has a dark past, one from which she has been running since she lost everyone and everything that mattered to her in her life. When she is laid off from her job and catches her boyfriend cheating on her, she finds herself broke without a place to live.
But then an amazing job opportunity appears in the local newspaper, one that Jules can’t believe is real. The job involves housesitting a posh loft in Bartholomew, a historic building in a very upscale neighborhood. What’s even more incredible about the job is that it pays 12k: money that Jules desperately needs.
Jules takes it without hesitation despite the fact that there are a number of red flags. The building is known to be haunted and has its own mysterious past, one that involves numerous residents’ deaths and disappearances. Jules is asked to follow a strict set of rules while living in the loft. These rules include no guests, no leaving the loft overnight, and no talking to the residents of the buildings. These rules seem weird to her one and only best friend, who encourages her to stay with her until she gets a new job and some money in her bank account.
The weirdness doesn’t stop there. Jules makes friends with two of the residents (which is against the rules) who are also professional housesitters at the Bartholomew, and soon thereafter one of them disappears under suspicious circumstances. Jules’ boss says that her friend who disappeared gave notice and left in the middle of the night, but Jules doesn’t buy it. She starts investigating her friend’s disappearance and finds that no one has seen or heard from her. What Jules discovers about the Bartholomew is even worse than the ghost stories people tell about the building, but can she reveal the building and its residents’ crimes before it’s too late for her and the other housesitters?
I loved this book – the pacing was fantastic. It read like a classic Agatha Christie novel for the modern age. I loved Sager’s last two books, too, but I think this one is even better than the last two. If you enjoy thrillers, I highly recommend Lock Every Door. Sager clearly has another hit on his hands with this one! Thank you to Riley Sager, Penguin/Dutton, and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy!