Friday, June 28, 2019

Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Title: Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager
Published: July 2019, Dutton
Format: ARC Paperback, 384 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

My thoughts: It should come as no surprise to anyone who has been here before that I am a huge Riley Sager fan. I have read his previous two books and loved them, so of course I was stoked to get my hands on an early copy of his latest release...and not only that...I got to meet him at BookExpo this year and get a signed copy of this new release!!! Yes, I am super pumped about that!!!

I have to say, this newest book is hands down my new favorite, and maybe I say that after each new book because quite possibly Sager's books just get better and better, but let me just tell you, I read this book in 2 sittings. I started it Saturday night and finished it Sunday morning - and I was completely obsessed with it. 

I loved the creepy, gothic-like vibes that we get from the mysterious Bartholomew and I think this is totally what pulled me in - this setting definitely made the book for me. It's totally not what you would expect from a prestigious apartment building. Based on the gorgeous descriptions, you wouldn't expect anything sinister to go on there. Sager does such a fantastic job of mixing in a few curious details to cast doubt, leaving you to wonder if they are really happening or if it's all in your head.

I was completely drawn into this book from the first page and it never let up. The creep factor is definitely there right from the start and continues to build all the way through. I loved the format of the story - the snippet of "now" and then a countdown of the week prior. Knowing just a tiny bit of what happens at the end, is enough to make you know something seriously dark and sinister is going on. It had me flipping those pages frantically - I had to know what had happened and I had to get there fast! I had some theories as to where this book was heading, but never in my wildest dreams did I guess where it ultimately ended...and I loved it. This ending was fantastic!!! It was original and unique and I loved every minute of it...and now I'm so sad that it's over.

If this book isn't on your summer reading list, you need to change that. It comes out July 2nd, so if you haven't already pre-ordered it or requested it from the library, you still have time...or mark it on your calendar to head to the book store on Tuesday to pick this one up... you won't regret it. 


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