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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 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 façade 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 sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers 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.
-From Penguin Random House
This is my third Riley Sager novel. I am ashamed to say that I wasn’t aware that he had published two more novels! And since for the month of October, I wanted to do a bunch of different spooky books for the spooky season. So to start us off we have Lock Every Door published in May of 2020 and is of the horror/thriller genre.
The novel starts off right away building the tension with the back and forth from present to past. Add in the fact that is from present to past and only days apart makes it even more suspenseful.
I only got 40 pages in and I am hit with the spooky vibes and on the edge of my seat. No doubts about it. We’re introduced to a ‘too good to be true’ situation and I honestly agree with Chloe, our leads best friend, for being over-cautious. I get that Jules, our lead, sees this as like a sign that things will get better but hell. It’s already so spooky. Right from the get-go.
Jules seems naive but at the same time, it seems like she knows something is wrong but just doesn’t want to admit to it. She is avoiding it. So she moves into the ‘too good to be true’ apartment with all the really weird-ass rules she has to abide by. She does try to do her best.
I was so weirded out by the other residents and the other two sitters in the Bartholomew currently. The suspense is only building and I am weirded out so much. Which just makes it so much better.
But things are starting to look up when she makes friends with another sitter, Ingrid. Who accidentally injured her and then they have lunch every day? I… the constant twists and turns. It seems cute but nothing is as it seems here at the Bartholomew.
And I was right… Ingrid disappears after a scream in the night. And finally Jules starts doing research into the building. Which seems a little late if I am honest. But FINALLY.
Let’s talk about the characters for just a moment. Chloe is a good friend. She deserves an award. Always looking out for Jules. And yeah she does try to talk some sense into her and maybe comes off as harsh but she isn’t cruel. She is honestly concerned and cares and it shows. I love a good best friend character. Cause I love my best friends. But then there is a shitty ex and a handsome doctor to the rescue? Is he? I am wary. Cautiously optimistic.
Not to mention all the other mysterious tenants of the Bartholomew who are all some sort of celebrity or famous in some way. They seem… not like a standard celebrity or famous person. What secrets are hiding in the Bartholomew? And Jules keeps digging deeper and we also start getting a little more into the mystery of her missing sister that left years ago.
And okay then! Trust your gut. Always trust your gut.
I don’t want to give too much away on what actually happens so let me end with this… Well, I did not see that coming.
I am giving Lock Every Door a 4 out of 5 cups of tea rating. It was good. Really good and it didn’t disappoint at all. But I wasn’t like blown away or left stunned for a long period of time in the end. It was a nice way to start off the start of the spooky season.
It was a tense, on the edge of my seat, a nail biter in the best/worst way possible. I wanted a spooky book and I got a spooky book. I’ll be honest, there is something in Sager’s books that makes me think that they aren’t that far removed from really happening. Like I would be shocked but at the same time not? If that makes sense. And that was only reaffirmed with this one.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s book review! If you’ve read Lock Every Door let me know what you thought. Or if you have any recommendations I am always open to hearing them!