The fourth of July is over and hopefully so are the fireworks. Charlie had no problem with them, aside from an occasional bark when they were particularly loud. But Ivy was terrified.
Poor Ivy. She’s such a brave kitty and kills bugs for Charlie. But she met her match with the firecracker show going on not far away.
I watched her slink from room to room, body down close to the floor. Scared cat mode.
She’s fine today. Perky and back to her curious self.
I read a book the entire evening. It was a good one. Lock Every Door. It was hard to figure out what was going on till the very end. And I just love a great puzzle.
A young woman loses her job and comes home to find her boyfriend in bed with one of his co-workers. She leaves but has nowhere to go and little money.
Jules is temporarily sleeping on her best friend’s couch, but needs to find her own place. She has no family really. Her parents died in a fire and her older sister has been missing for years.
Then she sees a rather discreet ad looking for an apartment sitter. When she gets to the correct address for the interview, she finds that it’s in a tony district in NYC. Possibly the fanciest and most well-known tower of apartments where only the affluent can afford to reside.
The job is fairly straightforward. Live in the apartment for three months while relatives overseas straighten out the will concerning the recently deceased owner. All Jules has to do is keep the place clean, have no visitors over and never be gone overnight.
The pay: An eye-popping $1000 a week.
As soon as she moves in, peculiar things begin to happen. Strange sounds she can’t account for.
Jules meets one of the other four apartment sitters right away and they decide to meet in the park for lunch every day.
Except the next day Ingrid doesn’t show. And the whole thing had been her idea.
Jules is worried about her and starts asking around. Ingrid isn’t answering her phone or responding to texts. The manager who hired them both said that Ingrid just left in the middle of the night without notice.
What Jules eventually figures out is that everyone who is hired for these apartment sitter jobs, usually 3-4 at any given time, have virtually no family. In other words, no one will miss them.
I won’t tell you the rest in case you want to read the book. It kept me spellbound all evening till I finished it. It was that good.
Now I want to read the author’s other two books.
“Lock Every Door” was published on July 2 to great acclaim. Here is the link:
Parade, “The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019 ” and “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019”
Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer.