ARC Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Published July 2nd, 2019 by Dutton

Genres Thriller, Suspense

Pages 381

Source ARC provided by Netgalley

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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.


So first I have to apologize for the delay in reading and reviewing this book, especially because Riley Sager is one of my favorite authors. And I have had the privilege of reading all of his books as ARCS. All of which I loved so much that I purchased finalized publisher copies. I received this book in the spring of 2019 and if you follow me on other social media, you will know that I was pregnant last year and gave birth to my son in August. Between all the pregnancy symptoms and the never ending exhaustion, I couldn’t really focus on fiction. Add in a very difficult delivery, recovery and a newborn who didn’t like to sleep and I didn’t get much reading done. Now that he is 5.5 months old, I am finally getting caught up on my reading and blogging.

I really didn’t have much of an idea where this book was going when I started, besides what I learned from reading the synopsis, which lead me to believe that there was some sort of killer living in the building. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but as usual, the author definitely surprised me in the direction the plot took. I will say that by about halfway through I had a pretty good  idea of who was involved, but had no idea about the plot. The main character Jules is a fairly interesting character, although she did begin to annoy me because I swear she either thought about or mentioned her missing sister several times per chapter. But I think the author did that on purpose since she ends up in a situation where someone else goes missing. This is probably my least favorite book so far by Riley Sager but it was still great and gets 4/5 stars. If you haven’t read this book yet, I recommend checking it out, as well as his first two books.

Thanks to the publisher, Dutton and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book.

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