ARC Review | Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2019
ARC from Netgalley

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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If you’ve visited my blog before, you know I’m not usually one to give in to the hype. But like Jules with the Bartholomew, I couldn’t resist this book. And to be honest, I never expected to pick it up, as the first book from this author wasn’t a hit for me. But let’s be honest – Lock Every Door was so good and so gripping, I want to pick Final Girls up again and give it another go. Once the reviews for this book started rolling in and they were so stellar, I knew I had to read it. And I was surprised to see that it was still up for request on Netgalley, and thrilled when I was approved! This may only be Riley Sager’s third Mystery/Thriller, but already the author has solidified himself as a reader favorite, and after reading this book, it’s obvious why.

When down on her luck Jules reads an ad in the paper for an apartment sitter at New York City’s infamous Bartholomew, it almost seems too good to be true. But the pay is impossible to resist, and it’s just what she needs to get back on her feet after losing her job and a recent break up. It’s not long before she meets a fellow apartment sitter, Ingrid, and her new friend is quick to whisk her away from the Bartholomew and tell her there’s more going on in the building than meets the eye. It’s not long before Jules embarks on the adventure of finding out just what it is about the Bartholomew that has everyone on high alert. The atmosphere the author created in this book was amazing. The Bartholomew was a character all its own, and its residents were an interesting bunch. Like Jules, I never knew who I could trust or who was telling the truth, and I was suspicious of everyone in the building. This book had me in its thrall from beginning to end, and I couldn’t put it down. I never could have imagined the wickedness inside these walls, and it was so delicious to discover. I think the funnest part of this book was the way it plays on youth; it takes the idea of Urban Legends and puts an adult spin on them, and the things I thought were long past have reared their ugly heads and have me wondering once again. And I love it.

Lock Every Door is a book that’s going to stay with me for a long time. I never stopped wanting more, and even now, I’m thrilled that even if I can’t discover more about The Bartholomew, I can at least read Riley Sager’s back list. If you’re a fan of Mystery/Thriller and have spent any time in the book community at all, you already know this is a book you don’t want to miss out on!

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7 thoughts on “ARC Review | Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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  1. Glad the build up and excitement over this book got you to give the author another chance and it turned out such a riveting read. Now, you know… I’m curious and want to try after reading what you had to say. 🙂


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