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Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Summary 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.


This is yet another installment of “books I wanted so badly but it took me a year to read them.” I was so hyped to read Lock Every Door back when it came out in July 2019 and I finally read it months later. I picked up this popular 2019 thriller thanks to the audiobook.

I listened to half of the book via audiobook and it was a well produced one with great narrators. I then read the ending via my Book of the Month hardcover.

I found the concept of the thriller unique and it drew me in. It took me a while to get into this one. I felt that the first 100-150 pages dragged for me. I kept reading because of the plot and finally got sucked into the story in the last half.

I was a bit let down by the big twist, it seemed predictable and nothing really shocked me. Despite that, it was still a well–written and suspenseful novel. It made me want to read more Sager (and I finished The Last Time I Lied right after this one XD.)

I recommend checking out this interesting thriller if you enjoy Sager’s writing style.


4 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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