This is a story about a high-tech, apartment totally controlled by a computer and its minimalist architect. In order to be accepted as a tenant, you have to fill out a long application that covers what you think about certain things, how you react to them, and what you want your life to be like. The lease is many pages long with rules that you have to obey or risk being evicted. The lease basically seeks to control how the tenant lives her life.
This is a murder mystery/thriller all wrapped up in one very creepy package. The novel follows both Emma “the girl before” and Jane, the new tenant with alternating chapters. The descent into confusion caused by the apartment makes for riveting reading, especially since nothing is as it seems. This novel kept me up, turning pages in an effort to discover its secrets.
I highly recommend this novel. Well done, Delaney!