“You’ve been offered a luxury apartment, rent free. The catch: you may not live long enough to enjoy it…
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents.
These are the only rules for Jules Larson’s new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings and home to the super rich and famous.
Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
Out of place among the extremely wealthy, Jules finds herself pulled toward other apartment sitter Ingrid. But 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 – but the next day, her new friend has vanished.
And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing…
Welcome to the Bartholomew…You may never leave.”
A very warm welcome to the blog today and to my review of Lock Every Door by Riley Sager. Lock Every Door was published by Ebury Publishing on 25th July 2019 and is available in hardcover, audio and ebook formats. I received a free eARC via NetGalley but that has in no way influenced my review.
I felt anxious about reading Lock Every Door. Let me give you a little of the backstory. Riley Sager’s Final Girls is one of the most INCREDIBLE books I have EVER read. Here’s my review of Final Girls so you can see how much I loved it. I still recommend it to everyone today and it’s one of the few books I would pick up and read again (and again!). So I was excited to read this author’s second novel (under his nom de plume), Last Time I Lied. With hindsight, I think my expectations were too high when I started LTIL which led me to be a *little* harsh in my critique of it. I’m sorry Mr Sager. There are so many readers out there who prefer Last Time I Lied to Final Girls but isn’t that the beauty of reading – it’s subjective. So knowing I was going to be reading the third novel by this author (which I was excited about, by the way, but also a little anxious), I was keen to separate my feelings about the first two novels from Lock Every Door and read it as though it was written by a brand new author to me (does that make sense?). Anyway, to cut a long, dwindling story short, I really enjoyed Lock Every Door. But I’m not going to compare it to either of this author’s first two books.
Jules Larsen has landed on her feet after splitting up with her boyfriend and losing her job. She’s going to be an apartment sitter at an exclusive New York apartment building for 3 months, where the rich and famous spend their days. Not only will she live the life of luxury, but they are also going to pay her four thousand dollars a month! It’s a win-win situation. But there are rules she must stick to; no visitors, don’t talk to or discuss the other residents and no nights away from the apartment. Jules understandably feels the rules are a little strict but this is an opportunity not to be missed. Particularly as her favourite book, which she often shared with her missing sister, Heart of a Dreamer, was set at the Bartholomew. But the Bartholomew is rumoured to have many dark secrets and the longer Jules spends living there, the more concerned she becomes. And when a friend and fellow apartment sitter goes missing, Jules knows that not everything is as it first seemed…
This a wonderful gothic thriller which sends shivers down the reader’s spine. Poor Jules. I really felt for her as she seemed to have the worst luck. First, you’re dumped, then you lose your job and then you move into the apartment from hell thinking it’s the answer to your prayers. Oh, and there’s a strong chance you won’t survive the ordeal. I was immediately intrigued by the plot and was trying to plan in my own mind where the story was going to go. The Batholomew is a character all by itself with it’s creaky barred elevator and the demonic-looking gargoyles on every corner. The eeriness of the setting really added to an already creepy story and I found myself totally immersed in the author’s tale.
Would I recommend this book? I would, yes. It’s a compelling gothic chiller which I struggled to put down. I strongly suggest you give this author’s other books a go too (whoops, wasn’t going to mention them!) as they’re worth reading. I loved the ending which was very satisfying and a lot of fun. I would have been disappointed if this book had finished any other way. Chilling, dark and hard to put down. Recommended.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Lock Every Door The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager was published in the UK by Ebury Publishing on 25th July 2019 and is available in hardcover, audio and ebook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which mean I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | Waterstones | Book Depository | Goodreads |
Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Riley’s first novel, FINAL GIRLS (called “The first great thriller of 2017” by Stephen King), was published in 2017 in the United States, the United Kingdom and more than twenty countries around the world.