Lock Every Door
by Riley Sager
ebook, 384 pages
Published July 2nd 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.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from the book considering I had never read anything by the author before. I requested it from the publisher based on a recommendation from a Booktuber named booksandlala. It was a thriller and sounded like it would be right up my alley. I am happy to report that it was just as great as I suspected it might be. Although, I think this book would read better as a movie in order to capitalize on all the pulse-pounding moments within the pages. The only thing it didn’t do was scare me. Maybe that was because I was reading it and not seeing it.
I did a lot of speculating of what might be going on as I read along and wondered if it all might be a but more paranormal than I thought it was. It wasn’t but I could see that happening. I kept imagining the grandfather of Nick Bartholomew jumping off the roof of the building and wondering if Nick was an incarnation of his grandfather or was indeed the grandfather who was akin to Dorien Gray. Like I said, speculating.
Jules Larsen needed money fast. She had discovered her boyfriend and roommate screwing another girl on their bed and left immediately. The job of an apartment sitter came available and she knew she had to check it out. The money was out of this world and she needed that more than anything. So she took a chance and got the gig. It seemed so simple. Apartment sitting. But there were rules. She couldn’t have visitors and she couldn’t spend a night away from the building. No harm, no fowl, right? Seemed on the up and up. But it so wasn’t.
The farther I got into the story the more I realized how screwed this girl really was and the same with every apartment sitter in the building. I have to admit I didn’t see what was coming although I did speculate as I said earlier, unsuccessfully of course.
This book keeps you guessing and really had me snowed. Some film producer needs to pick this up and make it into a movie. ASAP!
I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.