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Book Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door

Title: Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager

ISBN: 1524745154 (ISBN13: 9781524745158)

Genre: Thriller
Recommended Age: Adult
Series: No

Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: July 2nd 2019 (381 pages)


Synopsis from Goodreads

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.



cw: self harm, suicide, overdose

I’m pretty picky when it comes to thrillers I enjoy. I usually end up thinking the main character is an idiot and should have had concerns looooong before they do. That was not the case here. I was pleasantly surprised by this book and it kept me guessing.

Truly, one of the biggest compliments I can big this book is that I don’t think the main character made stupid choices in order to progress the plot. The plot just kept going and, for the most part, her decisions made sense for her circumstance. Yes, the place gives strict, weird rules, but for the money– I know I wouldn’t say no. And I think that is one of the creepiest parts — I could understand her mindset and could see myself in her spot making these decisions even if the whole thing sounded too good to be true.

I also thought the mystery progressed at a good, solid clip. I will admit that I did skim some in the middle as I thought of of it was redundant, but there wasn’t too much downtime and the way and the reason for her investigations made sense. Someone is missing and no one cares after she tells you that other people have gone missing? Yeah, you are going to look into it.

As for the twists and the ending. It took me toward the last third of the book to even suspect what was going on. I kind of guessed it… the concept at least, but not the entirety. So, really that is fantastic!!

Do I recommend this one? Yes! I definitely think this is a thriller giving a chance and I will be reading more by this author in the future.


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