Review: Lock Every Door - Vilma Iris | Lifestyle Blogger

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 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 sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers 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.

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Lock Every Door
By Riley Sager

Review: Lock Every Door

A young girl, broke and desperate, takes the job of a lifetime only to uncover horrifying secrets amongst society’s elite.

Author Riley Sager (FINAL GIRLS) delivers a modern-day twist on a horror story with her latest, LOCK EVERY DOOR.

Fresh from a breakup and jobless, Jules Larsen can hardly believe she’s been offered a job apartment sitting at the Bartholomew—one of Manhattan’s most glamourous and mysterious buildings. With celebrity tenants, epic views of Central Park, luxurious spaces and a huge paycheck to boot, it’s a gig she can’t refuse.

It’s almost too good to be true.

And that may very well be the case because almost immediately, Jules fears something isn’t right. The building is creepy with its famous gargoyles and unexplained noises, and the rules she must follow are ridiculously strict. She cannot invite anyone over. She must not talk to any of the tenants. She must mind her own business at all times.

But then Jules discovers another sitter missing. And worse yet, the more she digs, the more horrifying tales she uncovers. Before too long, she finds herself in the middle of something far more dangerous, far more sinister than she imagined and she may not find her way out.

Atmospherically creepy with notes of horror and ratcheting paranoia, LOCK EVERY DOOR is every bit the nightmare. While I was never bored, I did feel the book could have used more narrative tension, more propulsion to get us to that shocking finale. I loved the premise of the novel, the mystery of the luxurious building, the gothic feel of it, the social commentary threaded throughout… I just wanted that ever intangible “more” along the way.

This is a great one to listen to if you love thrillers.

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