The Address

The National Bestseller


Fiona Davis, author of The Dollhouse, returns with a compelling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she’d make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility—no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one’s station. The opportunity to be the female manager of The Dakota, which promises to be the greatest apartment house in the world. And the opportunity to see more of Theo, who understands Sara like no one else...and is living in The Dakota with his wife and three young children.

In 1985, Bailey Camden is desperate for new opportunities. Fresh out of rehab, the former party girl and interior designer is homeless, jobless, and penniless. Two generations ago, Bailey’s grandfather was the ward of famed architect Theodore Camden. But the absence of a genetic connection means Bailey won’t see a dime of the Camden family’s substantial estate. Instead, her “cousin” Melinda—Camden’s biological great-granddaughter—will inherit almost everything. So when Melinda offers to let Bailey oversee the renovation of her lavish Dakota apartment, Bailey jumps at the chance, despite her dislike of Melinda’s vision. The renovation will take away all the character and history of the apartment Theodore Camden himself lived in...and died in, after suffering multiple stab wounds by a madwoman named Sara Smythe, a former Dakota employee who had previously spent seven months in an insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island.

One hundred years apart, Sara and Bailey are both tempted by and struggle against the golden excess of their respective ages—for Sara, the opulence of a world ruled by the Astors and Vanderbilts; for Bailey, the free-flowing drinks and cocaine in the nightclubs of New York City—and take refuge and solace in the Upper West Side’s gilded fortress. But a building with a history as rich—and often tragic—as The Dakota’s can’t hold its secrets forever, and what Bailey discovers in its basement could turn everything she thought she knew about Theodore Camden—and the woman who killed him—on its head.

With rich historical detail, nuanced characters, and gorgeous prose, Fiona Davis once again delivers a compulsively readable novel that peels back the layers of not only a famed institution, but the lives—and lies—of the beating hearts within.



Praise for The Address

Indie National Bestseller
An August LibraryReads Pick
An August Indie Next Pick

Davis has folded together two historical eras in this breezy historical novel that jumps between Gilded Age and Reagan-era New York City. . . [she] overlays the two histories beautifully. . . The book, rife with historical description and architectural detail, will appeal to design and history buffs alike.
— Publisher’s Weekly
Spanning over 100 years, Fiona Davis’ mystery is packed with deceit. Sara, the manager of the Dakota apartments, has an affair with Theo, a married resident. A century later, Bailey finds an artifact in the building that ties her to Sara – and Theo’s murder.
— Us Weekly
Davis is unquestionably a skillful storyteller and historian. . .The Address is a fine follow-up to her first novel and an indicator of strong work to come.
— Chicago Review of Books
Lively and detail rich—set against the backdrop of NYC’s infamous Dakota building — with a thread of mystery that makes it easy to enjoy, hard to put down.
— Family Circle
The author did an amazing job weaving fact and fiction seamlessly. . . If you enjoy historical fiction, you should definitely add this book to your must-read list.
— Seattle Book Review
Did you read Fiona Davis’ debut novel The Dollhouse? It is a stunning dive into 1950s New York City that you’ll be compelled to read in one sitting. Then you’ll be eager for the release of The Address, her new novel that weaves an unforgettable, centuries-spanning tale of life and love in The Dakota, NYC’s most famous apartment house.
— Southern Living
If you’ve ever been to New York City, chances are your walk through the Upper West Side led to an acute fascination with one of its most famous buildings: The Dakota. This is the novel that dives into all the secrets, madness, and mystery surrounding this esteemed residence. Fiona Davis again proves she is the master of the unputdownable novel.
The Address transported me through the grand doors of the Dakota building, and right into the hearts of its inhabitants. Rich in historic glamour and hugely enjoyable.
— Eve Chase, author of Black Rabbit Hall and The Wildling Sisters
A superb tale, masterfully told, with splendid detail and historical accuracy.
— Andrew Alpern