BOOK REVIEW: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager


Title: Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager
Publication: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Dutton
Genre: Thriller
Pages: 381

Audiobook Length: 10 hours, 26 minutes


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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. 


After reading Survive the Night by Riley Sager, I knew I had to check out more of her work. I was loving the mysteries she wrote and found them incredibly unique. There was always a question on whether there would be a supernatural twist, but it was all real and could happen anywhere. I chose Lock Every Door for my second Sager book and decided to try the audiobook version.

I’ll start with the narrator herself. Dylan Moore did a phenomenal job of narrating this book and being Jules. She really brought the character to life. A bad narrator can ruin a book for me and Moore did a great job with Sager’s story.

With that said this story follows Jules as she takes on a house sitting job in a super fancy New York City apartment building with a lot of creepy rules and a lot of creepy history. More power to her because it would definitely not be me. This story really showed the crazy things people will do when they are desperate. Jules was desperate for a job and this opportunity arose and she waved off several red flags because of her predicament. I think that shows a truth in real life on things people do when they are desperate and I loved that tie in to reality. The story was incredibly unique and I’ve never read one quite like it. I like how Sager always seems to give a little inkling that there may be something otherworldly involved, but it ends up being a real life person doing something insane. I think it adds even more intrigue and suspense to the plot line.

Jules was really likeable and I enjoyed reading from her point of view. While she was desperate for cash, I think she was also very aware of her surroundings and that is why nothing ever seemed right to her in this apartment. She reminded me a lot of myself and that may also be why I enjoyed her character so much. I also had suspicions of who could be behind things, but I most definitely did not see that end coming and was surprised by it. Also, when you thought it was over, there was just more to read.

I’d highly recommend Lock Every Door by Riley Sager to anyone looking for a suspenseful, twisty read. This one will surely keep you guessing and checking every lock in your own house twice. You can also check out my recommendation of her other novel, Survive the Night here.

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