Lock Every Door – Review


41837243. sy475 Many thanks to Dutton Books and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.

Despite the bookstagram hype surrounding his books, Lock Every Door was my first Riley Sager novel and I’m happy to report it hooked me from the very first chapter. I prefer to go into books blind, but one review caught my eye, mentioning this had the feel of a gothic thriller. That was all I needed to start hunting Netgalley for that handy little request button. Dutton Books was cool enough to approve me the same day and I quickly devoured this 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 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.

If this book isn’t on your summer reading list, you definitely need to add it for Fall, particularly around Halloween. I haven’t read a modern book with this level of eeriness in years and I loved every second. Lock Every Door did a great job of toeing the line between creepy and scary. I never felt like I needed to peek under my bed before going to sleep, but I sure had a few niggling worries for Jules as I was reading. The setting of this story was a huge hit for me, with the gargoyles standing guard outside the windows of the apartments in the Bartholomew to the always watchful wallpaper covering the walls.

I don’t want to give too much away because this book was completely unpredictable for me, which is a rare feat these days. I want everyone going into this story to have the same incredible reading experience I did. Just know, it comes highly recommended by me and plenty of other avid readers. This one is worth your time if you’re looking for those old school Thriller feels that don’t come around too often these days. It doesn’t hurt that it has one of the coolest pink covers I’ve ever seen, making me want to buy a hardcover immediately!

Rating: 5 stars.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Shalini says:

    Woohoo this is my weekend read and now I am quite excited to start it. Fab review 😍

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you!! Yay!! I’ll be on the look out for your review. I hope you love it!


  2. csidlo says:

    Weirdly enough, this was my least favorite of Riley Sager’s books. I think I just wasn’t in the mood for a thriller but read it anyway, haha. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Mood makes a huge difference when reading, that’s for sure. Thanks for reading my review!


  3. Carol says:

    I can’t do creepy/scary but I love how you loved it! 👍😍

    Liked by 1 person

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