Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Publisher: Dutton Books
Release Date: July 2nd 2019
Genre: Adult, Horror, Thriller
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.
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Review: 4 Stars
I requested a copy of Lock Every Door because I had previously read The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager and really enjoyed it. I have been bingeing fantasy novels lately, so a fast paced thriller like this was exactly what I needed. Riley Sager’s writing brought the characters to life and truly made me feel as if I was a part of the story. Lock Every Door is a really unique thriller and it was very easy to picture myself in Jules’ shoes.
The idea of getting paid to live in a luxury apartment sounds too good to be true, and in this story it really is. This book kept me reading until 4 a.m., the tension slowly revved up, which kept me turning the pages until the early morning. The book alternates between the present where Jules is in the hospital and 5 days before when she moved into the Bartholomew. As the book starts to catch up to the present I found myself getting drawn deeper and deeper in. This book may have not had me on the edge of my seat the whole time, but the sinister air of the Bartholomew grabbed my attention and my curiosity on what happened kept me reading.
While the writing may feel fast paced, Riley Sager still managed some amazing character development and the setting was so vividly described that I started to feel like I was in the Bartholomew right alongside Jules. The book is written in first person, which is perfect for this story because you see everything through Jules’ eyes and find out things when she does. I found that this book brought me on the emotional roller-coaster that Jules herself was on. The writing easily conveyed her fears and anxieties. When Jules was running on adrenaline I found myself on the edge of my seat with her. This story was so immersive and I think that’s because Jules was so easy to relate to and that the book was written in first person.
This is my second read by Riley Sager and once again I am impressed. In both books he did an amazing job bringing two very different settings to life. I feel like this was such an original idea for a story and the way it was written really made me feel like I had walked in Jules’ shoes. If you’re looking for a thriller author to keep tabs on, or just a fast paced read for the summer I would highly recommend Lock Every Door.
About the Author
Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer. Now a full-time writer, Riley is the author of FINAL GIRLS, an international bestseller that has been published in 25 languages, and the New York Times bestseller THE LAST TIME I LIED. His latest book, LOCK EVERY DOOR, will be published in July. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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