Format: E-Galley, 384 pages
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Genre: Thrillers / Suspense
The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays.
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 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.
Lock Every Door checks off all the right boxes for a perfect mystery/thriller: interesting and unpredictable characters, a sympathetic main character to root for, diabolical villains, intriguing mystery, a creepy setting, and plenty of twists and turns to keep readers guessing. 25-year old Jules Larsen is a down on her luck young woman who has lost her job, and her boyfriend. When she reads about a job paying $4,000 a month for the three months, how can she resist? After all, The Bartholomew is the setting of Jules favorite novel called "Heart of a Dreamer."
The Bartholomew's deep, dark secrets begin to surface, bubbling over within days of Jules staying there. It's Gothic structure is over a hundred-years old and some disturbing articles have been written about it. There are even gargoyles which appear to watch over not only the building, but the residents as well. Of course, who could forget the rules?
She must sleep in her apartment every night. She can't have anyone over to visit because the residents of the Bartholomew cherish their privacy. No pictures of anything related to the building on social media. She's also not allowed to bother any of the residents. No receiving of any personal mail.
Seems easy enough, right? After all, she really only has is her best friend Chloe to check up on her. Her parents are dead, and her sister has been “Missing” for eight years. When another apartment sitter she meets, Ingrid, disappears, Jules becomes an amateur sleuth which pits her against some curious individuals. Ingrid confesses that the dark history of The Bartholomew was starting to frighten her just before she goes missing. Jules refuses to believe that she simply moved out without saying a word, and she launches her own investigation into Ingrid’s disappearance. It turns out Ingrid is not the only one to have disappeared from the Bartholomew. Could she have made a mistake choosing to live here?
From the very first page, readers get a snippet of NOW, followed by a travel backwards in time to a week prior, and from there we are mostly catching back up to the NOW, with a few present tense moments sprinkled between days. The final chapters of this book had me grinding my teeth. Not because the story was bad. Nope. Because the author dived into a top that I can't talk about without pretty much spoiling the ending of the book. This book touches on class status and those who seem to disappear without a trace and nobody seems to care that they are no longer around.
Lock Every Door is the third thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley’s first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two-dozen countries, won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and is currently being developed into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Sager’s second novel, The Last Time I Lied, was a New York Times bestseller.