Lock Every Door by Riley Sager: Book Review


Lock Every Door by Riley Sager came out recently and I immediately added it to my TBR for the month. This is another psychological thriller, third in a row from the author. It sounded pretty promising and I had a feeling I was going to like this one. I love thrillers and maybe I am a little biased towards them. As a result, this book became the first one I have finished this month.


lock every door by riley sager: book review



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.



I enjoyed reading this book immensely. It was a short, fun read and the way it ended, I am quite happy I picked this one up. I read Final Girls before this which was Riley Sager’s debut novel. Lock Every Door is simply better because the writing style has improved. It started off slow but the thriller elements were well distributed. Unlike Final Girls, this time the protagonist impressed me and I cared about her. I wanted her to master the odds. It’s important to feel some kind of connection between the characters for the plot to develop. This book has it. The relation between Jules and Chloe, Jules and Ingrid and everything else fits perfectly.

The ending got my heart racing. I have to say not only the cover, but the plot is creepy as well. The suspense building and the plot twist kept me stuck to the book. I couldn’t put it down until I was through with it. I love it when my heart creeps up to my throat while reading because that’s what makes thrillers so good. 

All the details were put together flawlessly and the result was an awesome plot that kept me up reading all night! Jules takes up the job of an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, home to many rich and powerful people who value their privacy. She accepts the job because of the money, even after the strict rules that seem quite creepy. The residents treat her nicely, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. 

Final Thoughts

The plot was perfect, the ending was perfect, the start was a little slow. But I flew through the book like a rocket because it was very addictive, a real page-turner! If you are looking for a thriller novel to take on vacation with you, Lock Every Door is perfect. Do try other Riley Sager books if you are new to this author. I think he is great!

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