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
My thoughts in a nutshell
I had high hopes for this one, and it doesn't live up to my expectation. I'm not saying that it was a bad book, but it isn't a 5 stars read like his other book (The Last Time I Lied). I still like it.
The story is about…
Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek.
... an old apartment where strange things start to happen.
No visitors. Too strict rules. People have gone missing. It is a nightmare.
Jules Larsen's new job is in here. She will be an apartment sitter. What will happen to her? Nobody knows.
What impressed me
Lock Every Door is a slow-paced novel. I adored the slow build-up situation because it gave me enough tension and I couldn't put it down.
Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.
My favorite impression of the book was the old apartment atmosphere. It was intense and creepy. I felt like I was there but I don't want to be there, in a spooky, old house.
Never take anything you haven't earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.
I admire the two-time line idea. It was so good when the two lines meet and things turn out.
All of the characters were fucked up. In the first half of the book, I knew who the "villain" is. It wasn't a surprise to me, but I didn't know what was going to happen.
One time is an anomaly. Two times is a coincidence. Three times is proof.
I'm relieved because Sager does not choose that plot twist. If you have read it, you know what I mean.
So, the final solution was excellent! It is so disturbing for me. I can read a book about gory or gruesome parts without me feeling sick, but there is one thing that makes me uncomfortable.
The writing style was captivating. Riley Sager is a brilliant thriller expert. He knows how to maintain stress.
What I don't like
I don't connect to the main protagonist Jules. She was so dumb sometimes and I don't really understand what her motive was. Why does she do stupid things? Okay, she was broke. In my opinion, money is not as important as her life. I hate this cliché when the character sacrifices his/her life because they don't have enough cash. WTF? Why is it better? She will be dead, and that's all about her money. Soooo sooo feeble-minded.
There was some occasion that were hard to believe or just superficial.
Make a conclusion
Overall, it will be a divisive novel because it is slow, and the twist won't work for everyone.
I gave it 4 stars. I like the gothic mood, and I couldn't put it down. It was a great page-turner.
I say that if you like a slow-moving but very atmospheric thriller, I highly recommend it. I don't think it was a horror. I didn't feel any fear.
Moral of the story: [spoilers removed]
Look at me reading all three books from this author within a month...
At the beginning I thought this was going to be my favorite book out of the three but the ending twist made it my least favorite.
An apartment sitting job with a very generous salary seems to good to be true for our main character. Mysterious residents, creepy wallpaper and disappearances...
Personally I felt like the way the main character was piecing things together was pretty unbelievable and left me unsatisfied. It had potential but the ending will be a hit or miss depending on your taste.
(2.5?) Can't really recommend.
Are you f*cking kidding me?!
Unpopular opinion below! I originally wrote a long and detailed review discussing all of my issues with this book. However, I don't want to ruin the experience for other readers who might enjoy this book, so I have cut it down to the main points below.
The Good: High level of tension and suspense.
The Bad: Everything else!
Overall: One big convoluted mess.
Believability: Nothing is believable. NOTHING.
The Protagonist: To put it kindly, she is not the brightest bulb. Yet, she is the one to put the pieces of the mystery together?
The Mystery: Beyond ridiculous.
The narrative: All telling, no seeing.
The ending: I have no words.
I tried to dive in and be entertained, but my inner critic would not shut up. I was rolling my eyes so much that it hurt! So much does not add up and I was ready for Jules to die so I wouldn’t have to continue reading about her stupid choices. I am glad this nightmare is over.
Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺
I would like to thank NetGalley and Ebury Press (Fiction) for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review!
me: *has the constant anxiety of unlocked doors*
this book: "Lock Every Door"
me: :') that's my type of book :')
My first experience with Riley Sager’s books and I’m already a fan. As I’ve already said, I have the weird Romanian fear of unlocked doors. Simply every single door that has direct contact with the outer world has to be locked. Simple as that.
About this book. Yeah, well, it’s great. I have a very good overall opinion about it and I am very happy that I had the opportunity to read it earlier as planned.
( more here for the rest of the educative opinion )
ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review.
“The twelfth floor is special”
Lock Every Door is about a girl name Jules, who wakes up in a hospital after being hit by a car. She is twenty-five, recently single, and very much struggling with money. But then she gets an opportunity to apartment sit in a very rich and exclusive complex in Manhattan.
All of the floors in the apartment complex have four units, except for the twelfth floor, which only has two, and one of those units happen to be the one that needs apartment sitting. Basically, our main character, Jules, will earn 4,000 a month, for three months, but no one is allowed in the apartment besides herself, and she is also expected to not get close to any of the other tenants, since they are mostly high profile celebrities who value their privacy.
Jules accepts, without question, even though the secrecy does give her a strange vibe. The new endeavor also takes a strange twist when the author of the book that she and her sister (who has been missing for almost a decade) obsessed over, Heart of the Dreamer, lives in the apartment complex. But Jules quickly befriends a couple other apartment sitters, who seem to know more information about this too good to be true offer they have all accepted.
You quickly meet many of the residents of this apartment, but when one goes missing, you will start to question it all, right along side Jules. And my favorite part of this story, was getting to know all of the players in this game and trying to piece together their probable motives. And honestly? I really loved reading the twists and turns, right up until the very end, sadly.
I didn’t like the end of this book, which I feel like is a very unpopular opinion. I just feel like it took a lot of inspiration from a very famous, award winning movie. I can’t tell you which movie, without completely spoiling the twist, but it was just too apparent for my liking and honestly just really ruined the ending for me. [spoilers removed]
Overall, this was a fun reading experience for the most part. This was my second book by the author, and I feel like he has a very captivating writing style that not only keeps you on your toes with guessing, but makes it almost impossible to not read his book in one sitting, because you never want to put it down.
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Content and Trigger Warnings: talk of being cheated on in the past, talk of loss of a loved one in the past, self-harm (fire + hand), talk of past suicide, talk of cancer, and murder.
[EXTRA:] Holy moly, Lock Every Door is going to be adapted!
Buddy read with Becky & Madison Mary! ❤