Lock Every Doorby Published 02 Jul 2019
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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.
Lock Every Door Reviews
Apartment Sitting Gone Wrong. Very Very Wrong.
Imagine, being given the opportunity to apartment sit, AND be paid for it. $4k a month for 3 months. In Manhattan. You heard that right! That’s $12k for 3 months. Sounds like a dream right? Except there’s a catch. Of course there is. There are rules. No guests. No leaving the apartment overnight. No taking photos of the place OR of you and posting them online. Oh and of course, the Bartholomew has a history. A bad history. Still intrigued? Ha.
Well Jules is and she takes the bait. After all she needs the money. She is single, all alone and has no family. That IS how everyone falls for it. Then it gets scary and well, a little weird. SHOCKING.
Are you interested? DYING to know? Take a walk on the wild side and read it. You might find just what you are looking for!
Another buddy read with Kaceey!
Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Dutton and Riley Sager for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Published on Goodreads, NetGalley on 6.22.19.
Will be published on Amazon on 7.2.19.
"It certainly doesn't feel cursed. Or haunted. Or any other menacing label you could put on an apartment building. It's comfortable, spacious and, other than the wallpaper, nicely decorated. It's easy to see why Nick and Greta choose to live here. I would certainly stay longer than three months if I could afford to. Which makes it all the stranger that Ingrid chose to leave."
Muahahahaha. Mr. "Sager" has done it again folks. I'm always wary picking up the forecasted blockbusters of the year, but I'll be darned if this isn't his best novel to date, which is saying a lot as I adored The Last Time I Lied. Lock Every Door feels like the author's signature style, but each of his books has a different vibe, in my opinion. Final Girls was horrific slasher, The Last Time I Lied was a campy YA, and Lock Every Door has a grown up, classic chiller feel, with an updated twist on the locked room trope, which is one of my personal favorite plots. Obviously I had high hopes for this book; with a cover that stunning how could you not? And hello, have you read the blurb? Wow! I'm so pleased that I found this to be another winner from the author, and I cannot wait for you to read it as well, friends.
I'm not going to give a ton of info about the plot here (tsk tsk), because you want to be surprised, but I will say that I loved the storytelling format used in this book. I'm always game for a countdown, and from the very first page we get a snippet of NOW, followed by a travel backwards in time to a week prior, and from there we are mostly catching back up to the NOW, with a few present tense moments sprinkled between days. This gives the book a growing sense of dread, and what starts as a slow burn quickly turns into a manic frenzy of page turning.
This is a plot about missing girls, about status, and about where that privilege can take you. Aside from being a compulsive mystery, and one that I didn't have all figured out before the reveal (happy dance!), Lock Every Door spends a good bit of time investigating grief, loneliness, and how easily we judge those who appear, at first glance, to be a burden on society. I'll stop there, but I really enjoyed and appreciated how the author handled these timely topics and took this story deeper than just an average, pulse-pounding thriller.
Eek, I want to say more, but to do so would make me such a bad friend. Do yourself a favor-go in blind, hang on to your butts, and let Sager take you on another devilishly fun thrill ride. If you missed the chance at snagging an early copy via the publisher, please mark this on your summer TBR for July. Purchase it, borrow it from the library, whatever you have to do, just do it!
*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Loved it! I had high hopes for this one because I have liked the author's other novels and I honestly think this is his best one yet. I literally had an out loud "ha" type moment when everything was revealed towards the end. It was just this bizarre combination of being simple but yet clever. I really enjoyed this one and I hope others have fun with it as well.
Jules Larsen needs money so she accepts a job as an apartment sitter at the high-profile Bartholomew building in NYC. The pay is amazing so she pushes away any thoughts that maybe this whole gig is too good to be true. When one of the residents goes missing, Jules begins digging into the famed building's dark and mysterious past.
While I was reading I kept thinking this book reminded me of another and finally it dawned on me. The Girl Before by J.P Delaney has the whole creepy house/apartment storyline in which you feel like yelling at the new tenant "get the hell out of there ASAP" as well. However, despite a few similarities, the books are different and each stands on its own two feet.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It's always a fun time when you have no clue what is going on until the end when the author spells it out for you. I personally loved the direction the author ended up going in but I'll admit at first it seemed like a cheap and not the most satisfying way to tie in everything together. So basically I can understand if some readers roll their eyes at the ending even though I kinda admire its simplicity.
Definitely recommend if you have enjoyed the author's other books and/or are in looking for a good vacation read!
Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
You know the old saying if it seems too good to be true, it probably is? Well, that's something that Jules Larsen should have thought of when she accepted an assignment as an apartment sitter at one of the oldest and most exclusive NYC apartment buildings, the Bartholomew.
Jules is between jobs and, because her relationship with her boyfriend just ended, between apartments. The Bartholomew was the setting of her favorite book from childhood, so the thought of living in those glamorous, hallowed halls almost seems like a dream. When she sees the enormous, duplex apartment at the top of the building, and learns that she'll receive a salary of $4,000 for each month of her three-month assignment, how could she resist?
Sure, there are a lot of rules. She must sleep in her apartment every night. She can't have anyone over to visit because the residents of the Bartholomew cherish their privacy. No pictures of anything related to the building on social media. She's also not allowed to bother any of the residents.
But even those and other slightly strange rules are enough to dissuade her, given how desperately she needs the money. Even as she starts to learn about the Bartholomew's somewhat-scandalous and creepy past, she feels lucky. When she meets fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, she feels she has found a kindred spirit. As Ingrid shares her feelings about how things about the building frighten her a bit, Jules tries to help assuage her fears (and perhaps calm some of her own).
The next morning, Ingrid is gone. She apparently left the Bartholomew without a word to anyone, and she won't return Jules' texts or phone calls. Little by little, Jules starts to become more worried about Ingrid's safety, and wonders if perhaps there is more to the things Ingrid was afraid of. As Jules tries to dig into Ingrid's disappearance with the help of her handsome neighbor, she starts to discover that things in the Bartholomew aren't as idyllic as they seem—and Ingrid isn't the first one to disappear.
Riley Sager knows how to ratchet up the suspense, and he definitely did so here in Lock Every Door . There is such a pervasive sense of danger permeating through the book from the minute Jules first arrives at the Bartholomew. You know it's too good to be true, you know she shouldn't trust people, but as the reader, you're powerless to shake some sense into her.
The narration shifts between the present and Jules' arrival at the building a few days earlier, so you get glimpses of what will happen but nothing too concrete to fully give it away. Sager's storytelling is taut and reads like a movie, so I could picture what was happening in my mind's eye.
You'll really need to suspend your disbelief here as the book hurtles toward its conclusion. I'll admit I thought things went completely off the rails and I rolled my eyes toward the end. But I know many others loved this book, so perhaps I just thought things got a little too kooky for my own good.
I'm a fan of Sager's writing—his debut novel, Final Girls , was another book that read like a movie I'd totally see. If you like your thrillers on the crazy, slightly gothic side, Lock Every Door is one for you. And don't accept an apartment-sitting gig that seems too good to be true!
NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP Dutton provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks for making this available!
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me: *has the constant anxiety of unlocked doors*
this book: "Lock Every Door"
me: :') that's my type of book :')