Rosemary Woodhouse has everything going for her. She's happily married, recently pregnant, has a wonderful new New York City apartment and her husband's career has really taken off. The Woodhouse's seem like a picture perfect couple with a bright future ahead. Or do they? Why did a nice neighbor leap off the roof of their building when she seemed so happy? Why were her elderly neighbors so interested in her pre-natal care? Why is her trusted doctor warning her about her new building? Witchcraft--are you kidding?
As strange coincidences pile up around her, she starts to develop paranoid feelings about her sudden pregnancy, her husband and her new neighbors. Everything is great, isn't it? Huh, isn't it? Nope. It's really not.
Rosemary's Baby is one of the finest contemporary chillers written. The subtlety of the suspense in this novel grows like a cucumber vine up a wood fence, slowly, surely and with a determined purpose. After all, Satanists couldn't really exist in modern New York City, could they?
If you like this shocker of a novel, I recommend these other works from author Ira Levin: A Kiss before Dying, The Stepford Wives, and The Boys from Brazil. Along with Rosemary's Baby, these novels were also adapted into films with great success.