Title: Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager
Edition/Pages: BOTM Hardover, 371 pages
Jules is down on her luck. She’s out of money, was recently laid off from her job, and that day she caught her boyfriend cheating. Now she’s crashing on her best friends couch with no idea how to get out of this mess. It seems too good to be true when she comes across an add for an apartment sitter at the historic and renowned Bartholomew. But Jules desperately needs the money and has always been fascinated by the illustrious apartment complex, so she immediately takes the job.
After only a few days terrifying things begin to happen and Jules uncovers dark and deadly secrets. Will she be able to make it out alive?
➸ POV: 1st Person from Jules’ POV. Flashes between now and the 6 previous days
➸ Jules Larson: Grew up in Pennsylvania, Struggling financially, Recently lost her job, boyfriend, and apartment, No known family – sister Jane disappeared a few years ago and parents have died, Newest apartment sitter at The Bartholomew
➸ Content Warnings: Death of a loved one, Missing persons, Cheating, Job loss, Car accident, Cancer, Suicide, Fire, Violence, Graphic descriptions
Um wow. Let me start off by saying, this book/reveal will definitely NOT be for everyone. But this will definitely go down as an all time favorite thriller of mine.
One of my favorite things about Riley Sager’s books is the atmosphere he creates. His books just feel suspenseful and spooky the entire time you’re reading. Even at only 30 pages in I was spooked and thoroughly invested.
The Bartholomew was such a good setting! It had so much character and personality felt ominous. The descriptions made this apartment feel so real (in fact I had to look up if this place actually exists, it does not (thank god)).
The setting was also great because it naturally created a limited cast of characters – which is a personal favorite theme of mine in thriller/mysteries. And each of the side characters was expertly created. They all had distinct voices and personalities. I could so vividly see every scene throughout this book.
Overall this book was addictive and compulsively readable. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time and was so invested in the story that I never stopped to contemplate theories. This book took me on such a wild ride and the reveal left me reeling! This book is twisted and messed up in the best possible way. And the twist was unlike anything I’ve ever read which I loved. If you’re in the market for an over the top, suspenseful thriller definitely check this one out!
I’m even more excited to dive into Home Before Dark now!