Book Title and Author: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Publication Date and Publisher: July 2, 2019 by Dutton
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 384 pages
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Date Read: May 25, 2019 (e-arc)
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.
Riley Sager’s debut novel Final Girls blew my mind in 2017 and made my list of top ten favorite books of that year. With both excitement and trepidation I read The Last Time I Lied in 2018 thinking there was no way Sager could do it again―oh was I wrong since I loved it even MORE than Final Girls and again, his book made my favorite list of the year. So it’s no secret after those books being my past two summer’s mega-hits that I was jonesing to get my hands on Lock Every Door since I just knew it would be another summer blockbuster. But was I right?
In my opinion, not only has he done it again, but this is his best novel yet-and that’s saying something when I’ve given both such high praise and 5 stars! Is there some way to give a novel 6 or 7 stars!? If so, Lock Every Door deserves them because this is perfect storytelling, people. If you haven’t read Sager’s books yet, then I encourage you to run and grab a copy of his newest book because I can’t wait for you to read this thrilling, pulse-pounding read.
Sager has a style uniquely his own even though each of his books is different, which is what I love so much about him. Final Girls cleverly paid homage to horror/thriller films while The Last Time I Lied was complex, campy, atmospheric psychological suspense. With his newest novel, he’s written a very well-crafted thriller that’s beyond suspenseful! Plus, it’s got these amazing classic gothic and locked-in mystery vibes, which I freaking LOVE.
Jules is our heroine this time around and right now, her life is lower than low. No job. No place to live. Cheating boyfriend. No money. When she answers an ad on Craiglist to be an apartment sitter at The Bartholomew, a luxury, gothic apartment building in Manhattan, she’s shocked they’re offering her thousands of dollars just to live in the apartment. All she has to do is follow some pretty strict rules: no guests, no interacting with the other guests, no spending the night away from the apartment-ever. Jules is desperate. She says yes.
Jules soon gets the feeling that all is not what it seems at The Bartholomew. The narrative tension and danger in the novel ratchet up notch after notch as seriously bizarre things begin to happen in the building. Jules soon learns about the sinister and dark history of The Bartholomew when she befriends Ingrid, another apartment sitter, who suddenly and mysteriously disappears. Where did Ingrid go? And why? Is Jules somehow in danger?
Sager writes flawlessly and knows exactly when and where to put in the tense, frightening plot twists that you don’t see coming at all! I can usually tell you what is going to happen, the whodunit and why when reading a thriller, but not this time! His characters are realistic, some downright sinister and others not so much, but all of them are excellently portrayed. I couldn’t put Lock Every Door down until I read the last page (don’t start this before bed like I did!). Talk about working the tension and suspense up to a frenzy from what starts out as a slow burn! It’s a bit over the top in places, per Sager’s usual style, but that’s okay because it’s Riley Sager and we love it.
Addictive. Compulsive. Dark. Sinister. I could go on…Okay, I’m obsessed with Sager’s writing. I admit it. It’s brilliant. I loved it. Really, just read it! The thriller of the summer and definitely on my favorites of the year list.
** Thank you NetGalley and Dutton for the ARC to read. All opinions are my own.**