Book Reviews

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager Book Review

Jules is jobless and broke. She just broke up with her cheating boyfriend and is crashing on her best friend’s couch as a result.

All she wants is a break from all the bad luck so that she can finally start over.

When she lands a job to apartment sit at the historic and majestic Bartholomew, she can’t believe her luck. All she needs to do is live at apartment 12A for three months and she gets paid $12,000. Easiest twelve grand she will ever make.

Jules also learns that there are strict rules that apartment sitters must follow. No guests or visitors, no photos taken inside the Bartholomew posted on social media, no leaving the apartment at night to sleep somewhere else.

Most importantly, no disturbing the other residents, and no asking questions.

She quickly moves in despite her best friend Chloe’s protests. She ignores her warnings about the Bartholomew’s dark history and the tragic deaths surrounding the building.

People pay millions of dollars to live in the Bartholomew. Residents are protected from the public eye at all costs. They can have their weird rules as long as Jules gets her money.

Still Jules can’t get rid of the feeling that her every move is being watched, and that the Bartholomew holds secrets far more terrifying than the residents or the staff are letting on.

When one of the apartment sitters vanishes in the middle of the night, Jules knows that she did not leave the Bartholomew willingly.

All the signs are telling her that she’s in danger, and that she must leave right away.

But not without truly knowing what happened to the missing apartment sitter.

Not without knowing what the hell is going on in that strange old building.

And as much as she hated to admit it, she can’t leave on a hunch and lose $12,000 in the process.

I really enjoyed this book! There was a good flow to the story even if it travels back a little bit in time and then back again to present day. The tension and the dread built up nicely and culminated in a very surprising but satisfying finish.

It starts off quite slowly. You’ll think you’ve got it figured out halfway through the book, and that maybe it deserves a 2- or 3-star rating. Just keep reading. Shocking reveals ahead.