Dark Thrill review: The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger

The dynamic duo in "The New Couple in 5B" gets in the same kind of trouble as Charles, Oliver and Mabel in "Murderers in the Building," but this novel is not as cosy, expect the chilling atmosphere of "Rosemary's Baby." 

In the postscript, Lisa Unger, the bestseller author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six, sheds light on the influence of "Rosemary's Baby" as her inspiration for writing this novel. But there's no need to fear a demonic twist at the story's conclusion. Still unsettling children roam the basement, creepy older neighbours hold seances, and there are more secrets underneath than creaks in the old facade.

Meet Rosie and Chad, a young couple struggling to make ends meet as a writer and an actor. Their lives take an unexpected turn when they inherit a luxurious apartment in the historic Windermere building in Murray Hill. Rosie is intrigued by the building's old charm and, because she suffers from a mild writer's block, decides to uncover its secrets. Of course, her quest to unravel the mysteries of the building takes her down a dangerous path, soon blocked by a neighbour's untimely death.

As Rosie delves deeper into the building's history, she is severely gaslighted, finds a woman swinging from the ceiling, and starts doubting her friends' intentions, becoming more isolated. She wants to leave, but the building has a sinister grip on her. Her husband seems perfectly content, even if the bodies keep piling up.

Although the pace of the story slows down at times due to the flashbacks that show the stories of earlier occupants, the gripping plot keeps you hooked until the end. I loved to follow Rosie's journey as she peels back the layers of the Windermere—especially those lurking under her husband's charming exterior.

I read this at night when I was home alone, don't do that! You can get it here.