Let’s just say this book is great, not amazingly great, but great. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is an engaging page-turner of a thriller that had me guessing until the very end — which was not at all what I was expecting!
Jules Larsen is broke, sadly single after her boyfriend cheated on her, and out a job. With no work in sight, the opportunity of a lifetime falls into her lap. She is offered to apartment sit at one of the most famous, and yet mysterious buildings in New York City — the Bartholomew.
Not only is she living the high life in a fancy apartment, she is getting paid $12,000 under the table to do so. While staying at the Bartholomew, she soon befriends another apartment sitter. Within a day, that fellow sitter goes missing. Unable to let it go, Jules begins to discover the creepy stories that are whispered about the Bartholomew could be more that just stories!
I honestly couldn’t put this book down. I desperately wanted to find out what this building was hiding. With all the creepy back-story details on deaths and mysterious vanishing tenants, this book almost felt like The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: My Life at Rose Red by Ridley Pearson. It certainly gave me the creeps…that was until the bloody ending! I’m not going to ruin it, but let’s just say this book would have been five stars if it weren’t for the ending!
Putting the ridiculously strange ending aside, this book was extremely addictive. From the pace, to the quirky cast of characters, even the dark atmosphere of the hotel’s Gothic features and old money captivated me from start to finish!
I really enjoyed how the narration varied between the present and Jules’ arrival at the Bartholomew a few days earlier. It was so strategic of Sager to give us glimpses into what will happen without giving too much away.
I absolutely adored Riley Sager’s other two books Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied. It’s not to say I didn’t love this book, but again this ending really missed the mark for me! If you enjoy thrillers with a wee bit of a crazy ending, Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is the book for you!
Thank you to NetGalley, Dutton and Riley Sager for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.