I've had a few Riley Sager books in my queue ready to read, and after Final Girl. I knew I couldn't wait too long to read another one. Lock Every Door is one of his newer novels and I had purchased it a few months back when it was on sale, so I figured this was a good place to start. 

This was a weird book, in all the best ways. It was sad, twisted, dark, mysterious, and very creepy. It had everything you could want out of a thriller and it kept my attention until the very end.

Publisher's Summary

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 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 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.

My Thoughts

From the first page, I was immediately gripped. Jules was trying to escape from The Bartholomew and we have no idea why. Even when you find out why she was trying to escape, it doesn't feel real. It was incredibly far-fetched but sometimes, those are the best kinds of stories.

I felt really bad for Jules throughout the book. Her life was sad and she was at rock bottom... you feel for her and want her to get back on her feet. That's why the position she takes at the hotel sounds so great for her, and you could understand why she needs it to work. It did sound creepy and as a reader, you knew there was a catch but you had no idea how severe it was.

I'll be honest, as much as I enjoyed the book, there was a lot of 'free time' where the story was kind of stalled. It felt like Sager put you on a wild goose chase trying to find out just what the secret of The Bartholomew was. Was it ghosts? Was there a serial killer on the loose? What was the secret? I just wanted to know! This story really took its time playing out... 

As you continue to read, and more pieces start to unravel, your mind is racing and truly you just want to find out what the deal is. Where is Ingrid? Why do they even need apartment sitters? And is Jules even safe? 

The actual secret, what was actually going on at the residence was unlike anything I could've ever imagine and I don't know how anyone could possibly dream up that scenario. It was so out there, so gruesome, so horrible... it was intense. It was also sad once you find out what happened to the other people and how they preyed on the vulnerable.

However, at the end of the story, you see Jules really come out stronger and it was such a good ending. I felt so satisfied with the outcome, as horrible as the journey was.

The writing in this book was exceptional. Sager is a true genius when it comes to psychological thrillers; the way he pairs gruesome stories with a relatable background story and likable characters. The way the story is set up, to purposely make you think something else is going on, it's incredible. 

I've read enough thrillers/mysteries to be able to figure out the ending but Sager is such an excellent storyteller that it is nearly impossible to predict where the story is going. It's everything you want in a novel. 

Home After Dark is the next Sager book I'll be reading and I'm sure it will be incredible.

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