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The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger

Get ready to be on the edge of your seat as we dive into a thrilling novel that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by BiblioLifestyle

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The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger

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Ever wondered what dark secrets could lie behind the inheritance of a luxurious apartment?  In The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger, we follow Rosie, a true crime writer, and her actor husband Chad as they experience the eerie and suspenseful events that unfold after inheriting a lavish Park Avenue apartment with a sinister past.  In this episode, Lisa Unger shares character insights, the novel’s gothic inspirations, and Unger’s own real-life influences.  Additionally, she shares her writing journey and thoughts on inspiring creativity, and we play a fun game about which famous literary homes she’d like to inherit; plus, we discuss our mutual love for classic thrillers like ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’

Get a copy of The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger on Amazon or Bookshop.   

The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger

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Plot Overview and Character Insights

Victoria and Lisa then delve into the plot of “The New Couple in 5B.” Rosie is a true crime writer and Chad is an actor. They inherit an apartment from Chad’s uncle Ivan, which soon reveals its dark history. Rosie, driven by her investigative instincts, digs into the history of the Windermere building, uncovering disturbing secrets. The novel blends gothic and horror elements with mystery and suspense, offering vibes reminiscent of “Rebecca” and “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Lisa shares that the Windermere was inspired by a real-life building from her childhood – a luxurious and glamorous apartment that left a lasting impression on her. Reader’s will also discover that the building in the novel is almost a character itself, filled with a dark energy and a past marked by tragic events.

Characters in Focus

Rosie is a complex character with a troubled past and a desire to distance herself from her family. She’s also a writer struggling to finalize her second book while caring for Chad’s dying uncle. Chad’s background in acting and his own mysterious past add depth to their narrative. Also in the picture is Dana, Uncle Ivan’s estranged daughter, who expected to inherit the apartment and expresses palpable anger and resentment when she doesn’t.

Inspirations and Themes

Lisa reveals that “The New Couple in 5B” did indeed draw influence from Ira Levin’s “Rosemary’s Baby.” The novel plays on themes of distrust and the sense of being trapped in a place that’s meant to be safe. Rosie’s character, though spiraling, has agency and courage, making her journey through the sinister happenings all the more intense.

A Fun Game: Classic Literary Homes

Lisa and I lighten the mood with a fun game where Lisa chooses between famous homes in classic literature. Unsurprisingly, Lisa picks Jay Gatsby’s mansion over Pemberley and Thrushcross Grange over Green Gables, among others, showing her preference for fascinating, albeit dark and complex, settings.

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author Lisa Unger

About Lisa Unger

Lisa Unger is a NYT and internationally bestselling author. Her books are published in 32 languages, with millions of copies sold worldwide. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few writers including Agatha Christie. Her work has been named on “Best Book” lists from Today, People, GMA, EW, Amazon, IndieBound and many others. She has written for the NYT, WSJ, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. She lives in Florida with her family.

The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger

Get a copy of The New Couple in 5B by Lisa Unger on Amazon or Bookshop.   

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