Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Review - Lock Every Door

Title:   Lock Every Door
Author:  Riley Sager
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:   Dutton
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:  384
Date of Publication:  July 2, 2019
My Rating:  5 Stars

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.


Jules Larsen has a very lucrative job for a few weeks. There are strange rules, such as no visitors, or nights away, and other such requirements. The building where Jules will be apartment sitting is home to rich and famous people. It is called the Bartholomew. one of Manhattan's most exclusive and mysterious residences. Jules is down and out, so this opportunity will grant her the chance to put her past behind her and to start over. She certainly will make enough money for what really is a short period of time.

Despite being rather singular, Jules gets to know a few residents and staff at the Bartholomew. Another sitter like herself, Ingrid, strikes a chord in her and they get along. Ingrid shares the history of the building with Jules, and then suddenly disappears. Jules becomes very worried. So, she begins to search for answers, and is met with strange circumstances. For starters, strange things begin happening. Her interchanges with others are very strange as well. Jules can do nothing less but assume the worst with regard to Ingrid, and also the building and its residents.

What a creepy story! I sometimes felt as stressed out as Jules while she searched for answers. I realized while reading this book that nothing was as it it seemed. There was layer upon layer in this story. No one, other than Jules, seemed trustworthy. The twists and turns were many, especially with how the story began. It started with Jules in the hospital, and things were strange from that angle. The story then went back and forth from several days when she started apartment sitting to the present.

I could hardly get past the turn of events while reading this story! It was incredibly scary and was a true page-turner. I literally could not put this book down, not even for a second. It was difficult because I thought one thing, then it was something else. This happened more than once. The ending was a true shocker. This is my second book by Riley Sager. I think I need to read his first book, because I have an idea that he is just the author about which to say, "Hey, I read all of his books!"

Many thanks to Dutton and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.


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.


  1. This sounds like a book for me. Great review.

  2. What a great story and book. I need to check it out as well. I am happy that you seemed to have found a new favourite author :)

  3. I am adding this book to my TBR!!

  4. This sounds divine - I wants it

  5. What a great review! I was already excited for this book, but I'm even more so now!

  6. Great review. I've read and enjoyed Final Girls by this author so this one is on my TBR.
    Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

  7. creepy indeed.. and your review tempts me to add it to my TBR.

  8. You review tempts me to have a try on this story. Psychological thrillers are not really my cup of tea.

  9. This sounds like a book that will keep my up for a couple night, but gosh, I'm really tempted. Great review!

  10. Great review! I can't wait to read this one!

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