Friday, August 16, 2019

Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Title: Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager
Year Published: 2019


Genre: Adult fiction (thriller)
Pages: 368
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2019 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): 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 only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most glamorous and secretive buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is captivated by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past 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 her sister who vanished eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and that 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 sordid past and the mysteries kept within its walls. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building's hidden secrets, and escape a dream apartment that has quickly turned into a nightmare.

Review: This thriller kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. I like that we know where things end up (sort of) in the first few pages then the novel alternates between NOW and the 5 days building up to NOW so that we see how it all unfolds.

Is everyone in the Bartholomew in on the weirdness? Do they just not notice the oddities? Is Jules going crazy? These are the questions that raced through my mind as I read this book. Although Jules is young and a bit scattered, she is a reliable narrator that I believed and supported throughout.

I thought I had it all figured out then there was a twist! So good. Evil lurks in this book and it is good. If that makes sense. Evil done well.


Challenges for which this counts: none

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