First off, I loved the fact that this book takes place in a creepy old building in New York and has some supernatural elements weaved throughout! This one gave me vibes of a cross between Simone St. James books and Riley Sager (think Lock Every Door), and I was all here for it🙌🏻 This is a definite slow burn, but the pacing worked as the supernatural elements and gothic atmospheric vibes sucked me in. Unger did a fantastic job with the detailed and descriptive writing throughout this as it painted the perfect picture in my head of the eerie and creepy Windermere building and creating an unsettling vibe and atmosphere. Although I was able to guess the ending early on, I still felt satisfied after finishing this one and thoroughly enjoyed it.
𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗜𝗳 𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗘𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆:
✦Creepy and eerie old buildings
✦Riley Sager’s Lock Every Door
✦Simone St. James’ books
✦A good slow burn
✦A book that would make for a perfect book club read and discussion
Thank you NetGalley for this advanced readers copy! I enjoyed this story. The ghost and haunted elements mixed with all the surprises and twists. Kept my attention the whole time!
Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing (HTP), Lisa Unger, and NetGalley for early access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
I went into this book 95% blind only knowing the author and that it was about an apartment building in NYC. While unique from other things I have read nothing in this book really stood out to me in a way that will make me remember or think about this book. The plot did have a few solid twists and I did not expect the ending, overall I wasn’t invested and towards the end it started to feel long. Many of the characters have suspicions undertones which was fun but I never found myself that connected to them. I was a bit surprised by the supernatural elements that came up within the story and understand why the author added that in but it didn’t add to the story in a positive or negative way. It’s hard to say if I’d recommend this because while I see the appeal for some just wasn’t the book for me.
The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger
The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger is a thriller about a couple moving into a new apartment where everyone in the building seems to hide something.
This book reminded me often of Rosemary's Baby in a lot of ways - especially the occult bits.
The book is a thriller centered around a building - and that focus brings a lot of good suspenseful elements.
I loved that the characters had good back stories but some of the decisions they were making seemed a bit rushed.
All in all this is a good thriller for anybody that loves New York and occult thrillers.
This was not my favorite book by Lisa Unger. First of all, it started off kind of slow, and I felt some of it was drug out a little too much. I also had a hard time with the supernatural aspect of the book because that normally isn’t my period.
3.5 stars! Thank you NetGalley and Harlequin trade publishing for the ARC ebook. The New Couple in 5B was a fun thriller with a touch of ghosts and paranormal activity. It follows Rosie, a true crime author writing her next book about the haunting and crimes that have occurred in a history New York City building. The same building she and her husband Chad just moved into. Tragedy strikes close to the couple and crimes continue to strike in the building.
I really enjoyed the characters and couldn’t put the book down while reading the last third of the book. The storyline kept me guessing until the very end. I did find the beginning to be a little more slow paced but it definitely picked up!
New Couple in 5B is my new favorite Lisa Unger book. There is something about creepy apartment buildings and sketchy residents that peak my interest.
Chad and Rosie have recently inherited apartment 5B in an upscale apartment building in New York. But after moving in, they find that this wonderful gift may have its drawbacks. For starters, it has a dark history. But then there’s cameras everyone and a weird intercom system. When more people start dying, Rosie goes searching for answers.
I loved all the elements of this story - the mysterious residents, an apartment with a history, the big brother vibe. Despite how much I enjoyed the ride, I felt that the book got a bit busy. There were a lot of elements going on at once.
I really enjoyed how the author did the ending. I wouldn't say I was surprised at the conclusion, but I still felt that it was interesting and well done.
This book includes a dual timeline with a previous guest, and I really like how that was included. It is one of my favorite formats.
Rosie and her husband inherit an amazing apartment. When they move in unexpected things begin. I really enjoyed this book. This book kept me guessing about what was really happening to Rosie. I enjoyed the supernatural twist on the story. The story had a little bit of a Rosemary’s Baby feel to it but it was also unique.
Oooooh this book had lots of surprises and I loved it. Couldn’t put it down! I’m highly recommending this one for sure!!
I first discovered Lisa Unger in 2006 when I read "Beautiful lies." I have read every one of her books since. This thriller has some of the usual tropes: a dual timeline, unreliable narrator, questionable characters, and a little toe dip in the supernatural. Great characters and a well paced plot had me reading late into the night. And as usual with her books, I didn't see the twist coming at all. Highly recommended
Thanks to NetGalley and Park Row publisher for an advanced reader copy.
Something about an author complaining about capitalism and the traditional publishing industry, while taking our money via the traditional publishing industry, does not sit right with me. You don't sound edgy, Lisa. You sound ungrateful.
I have really mixed feelings about this one. While it’s a 5-star read for what it was, I think I formed my own opinion about what I expected early on and felt disappointed when it didn’t turn out that way. I feel that this could’ve gone so many different directions and all would’ve been enjoyable, but the direction it took wasn’t the one I would’ve enjoyed the most. Still worth a read or listen!
The New Couple in 5B is the first full novel I have read by LIsa Unger. I did read Christmas Presents last year and Now with this I can confidently say I am hooked!
Rosie is an author and lives with her aspiring actor husband Chad. They have been taking care of Chad’s uncle who has been going through a terminal Illiness. When he passes he ends up leaving them the apartment, that is worth $5 million. When his cousin ends up showing up on the same day the will is read. She is warned by her to get out now and that she should sign over the apartment to her as it should have been hers.
I felt kind of uneasy about the husband from the beginning. First I understood that he was more of an aspiring actor. That he took small parts and was hoping for bigger ones. And that they were struggling to get by.
I really ended up enjoying it over all. I felt some of the twists were predictable and some weren’t.. I will be going back and checking out the backlist Lisa Unger has written. I think “secluded cabin sleeps six” will be my next title.
Thanks to NetGalley and Park Row for an advanced free copy of this ebook to review. All opinions are mine.
The New Couple in 5B is the story of Rosie and Chad and their adventure into a new apartment.
If your walls could talk what would they say? The walls of the Windermere definitely have more than their fair share of drama and ghosts from the past.
I blazed through this book, because I absolutely could not put it down. Definitely recommend.
Ooooo this was a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! There was an occult element to it that I wasn't expecting, and I loved the flashbacks to prior tenants of the building. Some elements of this mystery were decently predictable, but there were plenty of surprises along the way. This was my first Lisa Unger, but it surely won't be my last!
Also, can anyone talk to me about that ending?? Still reeling!!
3.5 stars. I read this book in two days, which was pretty quick for me. I reallyyy loved it until about 100 pages to go. The twists and turns kept me reading, and I enjoyed the paranormal aspect (which I don't always like). Disappointingly, I felt the end was predictable. I didn't really buy into the motive, and I wished it hadn't been the characters that were being set up the whole time. I also felt like it stopped being believable when the lawyer didn’t lock her cell phone, but that's a small thing that irrationally bothered me. Overall I’d recommend this is a good thriller, but wished it ended differently.
A couple inherits a luxury New York City apartment with a grisly past, only to be drawn deep into its darkness.
Newlyweds Rosie and Chad Lowan inherit an apartment worth nearly $5 million at the Windermere—a building known for its sinister string of murders, suicides, and accidental deaths. Longing for a new start and cash strapped, however, this is exactly the boon they need. Chad, an actor, awaits his big break as Rosie, an author, toils at her next novel—an exploration into the deaths at this century-old building, and whether the building itself is cursed, personifying something more nefarious in its timeworn bones.
Immediately after moving in, they’re drawn into the residential fold, meeting the eccentric neighbors, tenants, and employees of the Windermere. Rosie, however, feels uneasy from the start—someone seems to always be watching and listening, visions question who really lurks in the shadows, and those who live there seem to be hiding secrets. As her research deepens, and a neighbor turns up dead, those feelings of dread reach a fever pitch. Worse yet, her husband disappears for spells, her neighbors meddle in suspicious ways and is the ever-present doorman lying to her?
Unger deftly blends mystery and horror in this taut haunted thriller. Its gothic atmosphere comes to life in the historic Windermere—an alluring incongruity of opulence and death. The characters—all with questionable reliability and intentions—add to the intrigue and as the narrative escalates, guesses will fall short of the surprising and satisfying end. I loved the vibes, loved the way truths unfurled so meticulously. I loved SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX, but think I loved this latest even more.
Perfectly paced, deliciously creepy and completely absorbing, this is already one of my favorite thrillers of the year.
This was the most suspenseful Lisa Unger book I have read so far. I loved the paranormal element and the cast of characters. The dual timeline really added to the mystery, and I thought it was easy to follow. I really enjoyed the mystery and suspense throughout, and this book kept me reading and guessing till the very end. I definitely recommend reading the physical book over the audiobook.
Married couple Rosie and Chad Lowan are barely making ends meet when they get the news that Chad’s recently deceased uncle Ivan has left them his luxury apartment in the historic Windermere building. What first seems like a lucky break turns sinister as Rosie starts to feel like there is something more to the Windermere than meets the eye, with the ever-present and all-knowing doorman, the cameras everywhere, and the gruesome history of many unexplained deaths surrounding the building.
I feel like I have to preface this by saying that I’m pretty picky when it comes to thriller books, especially those that have some sort of supernatural element/vibe to them. I find ghosts tiring, and a little bit of a crutch sometimes when it comes to plot twists. That being said, this book surprised me pleasantly. It didn’t start off very strong for me, since I hate the trope of the wife being mysteriously warned about her husband being sketchy, then sketchy stuff starts happening because she ignores the warning, all like “noooo I know him he would neverrrrr.” In this case, Rosie at least acknowledges that she is in some sense being gaslit instead of falling too far into the “I must just be a hysterical woman they must be right about me oh no.” The book kinda had me prepared for a disappointing ending, but I was also intrigued enough to keep reading to find out what the resolution was actually going to be, in the hopes that it would be less disappointing than I felt in my bones it would be. I can’t say it was entirely un-disappointing, but it definitely did exceed my (relatively low) expectations. The mood of the book was definitely dark and spooky, befitting of a creepy, old money NYC apartment building themed book.
Thank you to @netgalley and @harlequinbooks for this free eARC!
I was hooked from the very beginning. Great thriller that had lots of twists and turns. Not super predictable to me like I would know something wasn’t quite right or a character seemed suspicious but not to what extent. Getting to follow along with Rosie as she had moved into the Windermere and meeting all the residents. I enjoyed following along in real time as well as getting a look into the history of the building and its past residents. Really enjoyed the added paranormal element. Trying to determine if the building was haunted or not. This book intrigued me from start to finish. My first book from this author and will be reading more.