Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Review - The New Couple In 5B

Title:  The Couple in 5B
Author Lisa Unger
Publisher:   Park Row
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Audio and Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   384
Length:  12 hr 8 min
Narrator:  Vivienne Leheny
Date of Publication:   March 5, 2024
My Rating:   4 Stars

A couple inherits an apartment with a spine-tingling past in this binge-worthy thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six.

Rosie and Chad Lowan are barely making ends meet in New York City when they receive life-changing news: Chad’s late uncle has left them his luxury apartment at the historic Windermere in glamorous Murray Hill. With its prewar elegance and impeccably uniformed doorman, the building is the epitome of old New York charm. One would almost never suspect the dark history lurking behind its perfectly maintained facade.

At first, the building and its eclectic tenants couldn’t feel more welcoming. But as the Lowans settle into their new home, Rosie starts to suspect that there’s more to the Windermere than meets the eye. Why is the doorman ever-present? Why are there cameras everywhere? And why have so many gruesome crimes occurred there throughout the years? When one of the neighbors turns up dead, Rosie must get to the truth about the Windermere before she, too, falls under its dangerous spell.


Inheriting an apartment from Chad Lowan's uncle should make him and his wife Rosie happy. This is not just any apartment. It is more luxurious than they can believe. Chad took good care of his uncle before his passing, yet his cousin is furious that her father did not leave the expensive apartment to her. The apartment is worth millions, so while Chad's cousin is furious, Chad and Rosie are more than pleased.

As Rosie and Chad begin to settle in, problems hit hard and fast. In fact, there are some mysterious occurrences. One thing Rosie finds strange is their ever-present doorman. He always seems on the job, day or night, and this is very odd to Rosie. Then factor in the history of the apartment building itself. There is more than just any history. In fact, the building's history is shrouded in mystery and it proves to be a rather dark one at that.

When I first got this book, I got it as a Kindle ARC, as every book by Lisa Unger is an absolute must read. However, I was then able to get it as an audiobook for review, and I must say that I definitely enjoyed this book more as I was able to listen to the excellent narration.

With a creepy vibe, this story kept me riveted from beginning to end. It was intriguing to see behind the actions of the characters and the twists that were in this story. I must admit that I was surprised that this book had a strong paranormal vibe to it and that is something that I try and avoid. However, as a fan of Unger's I stuck with this book and found it impossible to put down.

Many thanks to Park Row and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including THE STRANGER INSIDE. With millions of readers worldwide and books published in twenty-six languages, Lisa Unger is widely regarded as a master of suspense. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Ruth Rendell and Agatha Christie. The Edgar-nominated UNDER MY SKIN is also a finalist for the prestigious Hammett Prize, and the Macavity Award for Best Novel. And the original short story THE SLEEP TIGHT MOTEL is a #1 bestselling single.

Unger's critically acclaimed books have been voted "Best of the Year" or top picks by the Today show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.

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