Lock Every Door
By Riley Sager
Published July 2019 by Dutton
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.
Lock Every Door is my first Riley Sager book, and it won’t be my last.
It was creepy and scary and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it. I actually read it in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down. I HAD to know what was going to happen!
We start the story with Jules waking up in the hospital after an accident. She’s terrified and says she was escaping the Bartholomew.
We then go back five days to Jules taking a job at the infamous/famous Bartholomew, a building in Manhattan that only exclusively rich people get to live in. Jules has responded to an ad that they need an apartment sitter. She meets with Leslie and tours the apartment. It’s gorgeous and Jules is feeling like the entire experience is surreal, and so is the pay to do this job. She instantly accepts.
As we go further into the story, we switch between the hospital and a countdown of days until they finally meet up to present time.
As the days go on, Jules starts to realize that things aren’t quite normal, and starts to wonder if the building is haunted. It does have a pretty sordid past with death. But she meets Nick, whose family has lived there for generations, and she also meets Greta, her favorite author (who writes Jules’ favorite book that’s set in the Bartholomew) and Jules starts to wonder if she’s overreacting to stories she’s heard.
When Jules befriends a fellow apartment sitter, and then she suddenly disappears, Jules is on edge because something is seriously wrong.
The twists in this book, y’all, I just can’t even with the amazing plot twists in this story. It was horrifying and dark and it was simultaneously captivating. Like I said, I could not put it down.
I am really picky about giving five stars, and this is definitely a book that earns every one of those five stars. I’d gladly re-read this and see if I could suss out clues I might have missed the first time I read it.
If you love thriller reads, do NOT miss Lock Every Door because it’s amazing!