The New Couple in 5B: A Novel

The New Couple in 5B: A Novel

by Lisa Unger

Narrated by Vivienne Leheny

Unabridged — 12 hours, 8 minutes

The New Couple in 5B: A Novel

The New Couple in 5B: A Novel

by Lisa Unger

Narrated by Vivienne Leheny

Unabridged — 12 hours, 8 minutes

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"Spine-tingling fun." -People

“Lisa Unger, you've done it again.” -Sarah Michelle Gellar, Emmy Award-winning actress

A couple inherits an apartment with a spine-tingling past in this unputdownable 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.

Looking for more spine-tingling thrillers? Check out these other titles by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger:
  • Under My Skin
  • The Stranger Inside
  • Confessions on the 7:45
  • Last Girl Ghosted
  • Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six

Editorial Reviews

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"Spine-tingling fun." People

“Lisa Unger is always a must-buy for me!” —Lisa Scottoline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Loyalty

“If The Shining’s Overlook Hotel were a luxury apartment building, it might resemble The Windermere—architecturally stunning, a tribute to a gilded past, yet deeply sinister. I was terrified the moment Rosie and Chad moved in. The New Couple in 5B is another thrilling, twisty hit from master of suspense Lisa Unger.” Ana Reyes, New York Times bestselling author of The House in the Pines

“Lisa Unger never misses, so it’s no surprise that I loved her newest thriller. The New Couple in 5B is dark, atmospheric, and addictive from the first page right up until the shocking ending. An absolutely riveting read from one of the genre’s best—just remember to breathe.” Jennifer Hillier, USA TODAY bestselling author of Things We Do in the Dark

“The tension just keeps building in Unger’s latest dark and twisty delight. Come for the gonzo plot, but stay to be haunted by a history-soaked old New York apartment building that feels more like a sinister character than a setting, and for bright, ambitious, clear-eyed Rosie, whose voice stuck with me long after I turned the final page. I loved it, and you will, too.” —Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of With My Little Eye

“Lisa Unger keeps finding new ways to prove she’s among the best in the business. Packed with heart, tension, and fever-dream fear, The New Couple in 5B delivers domestic suspense with a gleaming Gothic edge that would make the great Ira Levin proud.” Michael Koryta, New York Times bestselling author of An Honest Man

“Lisa Unger writes with the totality of her heart—and her wickedness. The New Couple in 5B has both on glorious display. Who else could artfully marry a nail-biting domestic suspense novel with a ghostly edge worthy of Du Maurier? This one screams. I read it in a single sitting.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of Lone Wolf

“Lisa Unger creates the perfect creepy setting for this superb psychological thriller, which is beautifully crafted and deliciously unsettling. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Clare Mackintosh, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Lies

“A tense, twisty thriller. One of [Unger’s] best books yet.” Kirkus (starred review)

“In New York City, real estate can be a blood sport … Unger keeps the reader guessing as the threats escalate: Is the devil in the details at the Windermere, or just the evil that men do?” Tampa Bay Times

“Imagine if 'Rosemary’s Baby' and 'The Shining' had a baby. It’s that much fun.” —Chris Bohjalian, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess of Las Vegas

“I love Lisa’s gripping writing.” —Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium

“Another fantastic story by master Lisa Unger.” —Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Let the Devil Ride

"Lisa Unger is simply brilliant. There’s a creeping dread to this book that made me deliciously uncomfortable. A master at work." —J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of It's One of Us

Kirkus Reviews

★ 2024-01-05
Although a surprise inheritance sounds like good luck, it turns out to be anything but in a tense, twisty thriller.

New Yorkers Rosie and Chad Lowan have spent most of the first year of their marriage caring for his dying uncle Ivan. Rosie, the novel’s engaging narrator, expects Ivan’s long-estranged daughter, Dana, to inherit his dreamy Park Avenue apartment, so she’s shocked to discover after his death that he’s left it to her and Chad. It’s a huge boon—Chad is an aspiring actor, and Rosie has published one bestselling true-crime book but is struggling to start a second, so money is always tight. The apartment in the elegant, century-old Windermere is not just a place to live but a multi-million-dollar asset. Dana, however, is not just surprised to be cut out of Ivan’s will but furious. The couple’s joy is marred not only by her rage but by odd goings-on in the building. At the behest of her editor and BFF, Max, Rosie focuses her next book on the Windermere’s grisly history of residents who died in murders, suicides, and bizarre accidents. Does the building bear some sort of curse—and if so, is it all in the past? As first one person in Rosie’s orbit and then another die, she becomes suspicious of people like the Windermere’s longtime doorman, Abi, and the kindly old couple across the hall, Charles and Ella Aldridge, who have lived there for decades and take much interest in Rosie’s efforts to get pregnant. And is Chad, a golden-haired charmer, as perfect as he seems? If all this reminds you of Rosemary’s Baby, it’s meant to—the book is salted with references to that classic melding of mystery and horror, and it vibrates with the same sense of escalating dread. But Unger builds her own fast-moving, creepy combination of thriller and horror in one of her best books yet.

This propulsive, haunted thriller proves that competition for New York City real estate really can be deadly.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159689832
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 03/05/2024
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 294,197
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