When I last left Alex, she was in free fall between the Shepherd Hotel and the apartment building next door. (For the record, I do not know for certain that the building next door is an apartment building, but, for the sake of argument at this moment, in Alex’s universe, it is.) Is the apartment empty?
I won’t allow for the coincidence that anyone she knows is in the apartment. I made the villain who came after her in the hotel some one other than the usual suspects. The temptation was to make it Robert Donovan, but that would reveal too much of my hand too early.
So what’s it to be? An empty apartment? Some one’s grandmother? A very confused baby sitter?