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The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays.
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 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 sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers 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.
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About the Author
Lock Every Door is the third thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley's first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two dozen countries, won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and is currently being developed into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Sager's second novel, The Last Time I Lied, was a New York Times bestseller.
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The elevator resembles a birdcage. The tall, ornate kind-all thin bars and gilded exterior. I even think of birds as I step inside. Exotic and bright and lush.
Everything I'm not.
But the woman next to me certainly fits the bill with her blue Chanel suit, blond updo, perfectly manicured hands weighed down by several rings. She might be in her fifties. Maybe older. Botox has made her face tight and gleaming. Her voice is champagne bright and just as bubbly. She even has an elegant name-Leslie Evelyn.
Because this is technically a job interview, I also wear a suit.
My shoes are from Payless. The brown hair brushing my shoulders is on the ragged side. Normally, I would have gone to Supercuts for a trim, but even that's now out of my price range.
I nod with feigned interest as Leslie Evelyn says, "The elevator is original, of course. As is the main staircase. Not much in the lobby has changed since this place opened in 1919. That's the great thing about these older buildings-they were built to last."
And, apparently, to force people to invade each other's personal space. Leslie and I stand shoulder to shoulder in the surprisingly small elevator car. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in style. There's red carpet on the floor and gold leaf on the ceiling. On three sides, oak-paneled walls rise to waist height, where they're replaced by a series of narrow windows.
The elevator car has two doors-one with wire-thin bars that closes by itself plus a crisscross grate Leslie slides into place before tapping the button for the top floor. Then we're off, rising slowly but surely into one of Manhattan's most storied addresses.
Had I known the apartment was in this building, I never would have responded to the ad. I would have considered it a waste of time. I'm not a Leslie Evelyn, who carries a caramel-colored attaché case and looks so at ease in a place like this. I'm Jules Larsen, the product of a Pennsylvania coal town with less than five hundred dollars in my checking account.
I do not belong here.
But the ad didn't mention an address. It simply announced the need for an apartment sitter and provided a phone number to call if interested. I was. I did. Leslie Evelyn answered and gave me an interview time and an address. Lower seventies, Upper West Side. Yet I didn't truly know what I was getting myself into until I stood outside the building, triple-checking the address to make sure I was in the right place.
Right behind the Dakota and the twin-spired San Remo as one of Manhattan's most recognizable apartment buildings. Part of that is due to its narrowness. Compared with those other legends of New York real estate, the Bartholomew is a mere wisp of a thing-a sliver of stone rising thirteen stories over Central Park West. In a neighborhood of behemoths, the Bartholomew stands out by being the opposite. It's small, intricate, memorable.
But the main reason for the building's fame are its gargoyles. The classic kind with bat wings and devil horns. They're everywhere, those stone beasts, from the pair that sit over the arched front door to the ones crouched on each corner of the slanted roof. More inhabit the building's facade, placed in short rows on every other floor. They sit on marble outcroppings, arms raised to ledges above, as if they alone are keeping the Bartholomew upright. It gives the building a Gothic, cathedral-like appearance that's prompted a similarly religious nickname-St. Bart's.
Over the years, the Bartholomew and its gargoyles have graced a thousand photographs. I've seen it on postcards, in ads, as a backdrop for fashion shoots. It's been in the movies. And on TV. And on the cover of a best-selling novel published in the eighties called Heart of a Dreamer, which is how I first learned about it. Jane had a copy and would often read it aloud to me as I lay sprawled across her twin bed.
The book tells the fanciful tale of a twenty-year-old orphan named Ginny who, through a twist of fate and the benevolence of a grandmother she never knew, finds herself living at the Bartholomew. Ginny navigates her posh new surroundings in a series of increasingly elaborate party dresses while juggling several suitors. It's fluff, to be sure, but the wonderful kind. The kind that makes a young girl dream of finding romance on Manhattan's teeming streets.
As Jane would read, I'd stare at the book's cover, which shows an across-the-street view of the Bartholomew. There were no buildings like that where we grew up. It was just row houses and storefronts with sooty windows, their glumness broken only by the occasional school or house of worship. Although we had never been there, Manhattan intrigued Jane and me. So did the idea of living in a place like the Bartholomew, which was worlds away from the tidy duplex we shared with our parents.
"Someday," Jane often said between chapters. "Someday I'm going to live there."
"And I'll visit," I'd always pipe up.
Jane would then stroke my hair. "Visit? You'll be living there with me, Julie-girl."
None of those childhood fantasies came true, of course. They never do. Maybe for the Leslie Evelyns of the world, perhaps. But not for Jane. And definitely not for me. This elevator ride is as close as I'm going to get.
The elevator shaft is tucked into a nook of the staircase, which winds upward through the center of the building. I can see it through the elevator windows as we rise. Between each floor is ten steps, a landing, then ten more steps.
On one of the landings, an elderly man wheezes his way down the stairs with the help of an exhausted-looking woman in purple scrubs. She waits patiently, gripping the man's arm as he pauses to catch his breath. Although they pretend not to be paying attention as the elevator passes, I catch them taking a quick look just before the next floor blocks them from view.
"Residential units are located on eleven floors, starting with the second," Leslie says. "The ground floor contains staff offices and employee-only areas, plus our maintenance department. Storage facilities are in the basement. There are four units on each floor. Two in the front. Two in the back."
We pass another floor, the elevator slow but steady. On this level, a woman about Leslie's age waits for the return trip. Dressed in leggings, UGGs, and a bulky white sweater, she walks an impossibly tiny dog on a studded leash. She gives Leslie a polite wave while staring at me from behind oversize sunglasses. In that brief moment when we're face-to-face, I recognize the woman. She's an actress. At least, she used to be. It's been ten years since I last saw her on that soap opera I watched with my mother during summer break.
Leslie stops me with a raised hand. "We never discuss residents. It's one of the unspoken rules here. The Bartholomew prides itself on discretion. The people who live here want to feel comfortable within its walls."
"But celebrities do live here?"
"Not really," Leslie says. "Which is fine by us. The last thing we want are paparazzi waiting outside. Or, God forbid, something as awful as what happened at the Dakota. Our residents tend to be quietly wealthy. They like their privacy. A good many of them use dummy corporations to buy their apartments so their purchase doesn't become public record."
The elevator comes to a rattling stop at the top of the stairs, and Leslie says, "Here we are. Twelfth floor."
She yanks open the grate and steps out, her heels clicking on the floor's black-and-white subway tile.
The hallway walls are burgundy, with sconces placed at regular intervals. We pass two unmarked doors before the hall dead-ends at a wide wall that contains two more doors. Unlike the others, these are marked.
12A and 12B.
"I thought there were four units on each floor," I say.
"There are," Leslie says. "Except this one. The twelfth floor is special."
I glance back at the unmarked doors behind us. "Then what are those?"
"Storage areas. Access to the roof. Nothing exciting." She reaches into her attaché to retrieve a set of keys, which she uses to unlock 12A. "Here's where the real excitement is."
The door swings open, and Leslie steps aside, revealing a tiny and tasteful foyer. There's a coatrack, a gilded mirror, and a table containing a lamp, a vase, a small bowl to hold keys. My gaze moves past the foyer, into the apartment proper, and to a window spaced directly opposite the door. Outside is one of the most stunning views I've ever seen.
Amber sun slanting across orange-gold leaves.
All of it from a bird's-eye view of one hundred fifty feet.
The window providing the view stretches from floor to ceiling in a formal sitting room on the other side of a hallway. I cross the hall on legs made wobbly by vertigo and head to the window, stopping when my nose is an inch from the glass. Straight ahead are Central Park Lake and the graceful span of Bow Bridge. Beyond them, in the distance, are snippets of Bethesda Terrace and the Loeb Boathouse. To the right is the Sheep Meadow, its expanse of green speckled with the forms of people basking in the autumn sun. Belvedere Castle sits to the left, backdropped by the stately gray stone of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
I take in the view, slightly breathless.
I've seen it before in my mind's eye as I read Heart of a Dreamer. This is the exact view Ginny had from her apartment in the book. Meadow to the south. Castle to the north. Bow Bridge dead center-a bull's-eye for all her wildest dreams.
For a brief moment, it's my reality. In spite of all the shit I've gone through. Maybe even because of it. Being here has the feel of fate somehow intervening, even as I'm again struck by that all-consuming thought-I do not belong here.
"I'm sorry," I say as I pry myself away from the window. "I think there's been a huge misunderstanding."
There are many ways Leslie Evelyn and I could have gotten our wires crossed. The ad on Craigslist could have contained the wrong number. Or I might have made a mistake in dialing. When Leslie answered, the call was so brief that confusion was inevitable. I thought she was looking for an apartment sitter. She thought I was looking for an apartment. Now here we are, Leslie tilting her head to give me a confused look and me in awe of a view that, let's face it, was never intended to be seen by someone like me.
"You don't like the apartment?" Leslie says.
"I love it." I indulge in another quick peek out the window. I can't help myself. "But I'm not looking for an apartment. I mean, I am, but I could save every penny until I'm a hundred and I still wouldn't be able to afford this place."
"The apartment isn't available yet," Leslie says. "It just needs someone to occupy it for the next three months."
"There's no way someone would willingly pay me to live here. Even for three months."
"You're wrong there. That's exactly what we want."
Leslie gestures to a sofa in the center of the room. Upholstered in crimson velvet, it looks more expensive than my first car. I sit tentatively, afraid one careless motion could ruin the whole thing. Leslie takes a seat in a matching easy chair opposite the sofa. Between us is a mahogany coffee table on which rests a potted orchid, its petals white and pristine.
Now that I'm no longer distracted by the view, I see how the entire sitting room is done up in reds and wood tones. It's comfortable, if a bit stuffy. Grandfather clock ticking away in the corner. Velvet curtains and wooden shutters at the windows. Brass telescope on a wooden tripod, aimed not at the heavens but on Central Park.
The wallpaper is a red floral pattern-an ornate expanse of petals spread open like fans and overlapping in elaborate combinations. At the ceiling are matching strips of crown molding, the plaster blossoming into curlicues at the corners.
"Here's the situation," Leslie says. "Another rule at the Bartholomew is that no unit can stay empty for more than a month. It's an old rule and, some would say, a strange one. But those of us who live here agree that an occupied building is a happy one. Some of the places around here? They're half-empty most of the time. Sure, people might own the apartments, but they're rarely in them. And it shows. Walk into some of them and you feel like you're in a museum. Or, worse, a church. Then there's security to think about. If word gets out that a place in the Bartholomew is going to be empty for a few months, there's no telling who might try to break in."
Hence that simple ad buried among all the other Help Wanteds. I had wondered why it was so vague.
"So you're looking for a guard?"
"We're looking for a resident," Leslie says. "Another person to breathe life into the building. Take this place, for example. The owner recently passed away. She was a widow. Had no children of her own. Just some greedy nieces and nephews in London currently fighting over who should get the place. Until that gets resolved, this apartment will sit vacant. With only two units on this floor, think how empty it will feel."
"Why don't the nieces and nephews just sublet?"
"That's not allowed here. For the same reasons I mentioned earlier. There's nothing stopping someone from subletting a place and then doing God-knows-what to it."
I nod, suddenly understanding. "By paying someone to stay here, you're making sure they don't do anything to the apartment."
"Exactly," Leslie says. "Think of it as an insurance policy. One that pays quite nicely, I might add. In the case of 12A, the family of the late owner is offering four thousand dollars a month."
My hands, which until now had been placed primly on my lap, drop to my sides.
Four grand a month.
To live here.
The pay is so staggering that it feels like the crimson sofa beneath me has dropped away, leaving me hovering a foot above the floor.
I try to gather my thoughts, struggling to do the very basic math. That's twelve thousand dollars for three months. More than enough to tide me over while I put my life back together.
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The moment I heard that Riley Sager was coming out with another book I was super excited. I've been such a fan of his last 2 books that I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Well I have to say this one did not disappoint. This story is about a girl named Jules who is in desperate need of some cash. She finds an ad for an apartment sitter job at this very expensive and mysterious apartment building. Along with the job come a couple of rules, no spending the night away, no visitors and no disturbing the residents. As time goes on Jules begins to realize that not everything is what it seems and there is more to this apartment building than meets the eye. One of my favorite parts of this book was the characters you encounter in this book. I was a big fan of Jules. She's a very determined character. She kinda befriends one of the other apartment sitter's and when she goes missing she is very determined to find out what happened to her. In the past Jule's sister went missing and was never found. Jules takes this experience with her throughout the book hoping that the same thing doesn't happen to the other apartment sitter. While she is on this journey she begins to discover the truth about the building she is working for. Another character I adored was Charlie. He is the doorman that works for the building and he is just the sweetest guy ever. I really enjoyed the interactions they had with each other. I feel he really lighten the mood at times. There is another character that Jules meets a bit into the book. Her name is Bobbie and Jules meets her when she is looking for the other apartment sitter. I wasn't excepting her to be as nice as she was. I didn't think she would end up popping up but she does and it was just a really good scene. I just don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything. Another thing I liked was the story of this book. I have to say it was very enjoyable. I really loved going on the journey with Jules trying to figure out what was going on in this apartment building. I did guess one thing but only a slight part of it so when I found out everything I was still in complete shock. I did not see any of that coming. I have to say this is hands down my favorite Riley Sager book yet. He just does such a great job setting everything up and unravels everything so nicely. I really do just love all the twists he put in this book. Also if you've ever read any of Riley Sager's books then you know he loves going back and forth with the past and the present. I feel that it is so well done in this book because you start off with the main character in the hospital trying to remember what happened and then it goes back and forth with this. I swear nothing sucks me into a book more than me dying to know what happened to the character and I need to keep reading to get the whole explanation. I always enjoy those little teases throughout the book. It's like I'll give you a little bit of information but you gotta keep going to find the whole story. Overall I thought this was such a great story. It kept me guessing until the very end. I really enjoyed all the characters Jules met throughout the book. You get such a interesting range of characters that I enjoyed. I did not see any of the twists coming which was nice because I was shocked. If you're into thrillers I would highly recommend this plus I didn't really mention this but it also has some creepy horror vibes which was such an added bonus. You don't want to
First things first, let’s get it out of the way. This book was absolutely phenomenal! When I finished the last page all I wanted to do was talk about it! I also finished this book at about 7 PM and going to sleep a few hours later was not appealing. There are so many reasons why I loved this book and I’m not even sure where to begin! I felt like this book was a quick read. It is 381 pages, so it isn’t small by any means, but the way it was written it keeps your attention superbly. I wouldn’t say I was in suspense the whole time, but towards the end, I almost needed a paper bag to breathe into. You know that feeling you get when you are in a haunted house and you are walking towards something but you aren’t really sure what is going to jump out at you? It was like that towards the end. I had to stop myself from skimming because I wanted to know what happens next. I should also note that I really enjoyed the writing style and I think it is fair to say it contributed to creating that feeling of suspense. The book starts by switching chapters such as “Now” which is italicized and “6 Days Earlier, 5 Days Earlier, etc.” Later, it switches from “Now” and “4 Days Later, etc.” The characters were very well developed and in my opinion, I was really pleased with Jules and her perseverance. As a matter of fact, my FAVORITE quote in the entire book came from Jules at the end: “After she received multiple life sentences, I sent her a list of rules she needed to follow in prison. At the top was this: No nights spent away from your cell.” I know that doesn’t pack the same punch as it does in the book, but I promise when you read it in the correct context of the book, you too will giggle and think of some expletives. I wish I could go more in-depth about the characters, but I feel like any short, abbreviated explanation wouldn’t do any of them justice. The little I will say is in regards to the basic outline of the book. Jules is from a small, dying town. Her parents are dead and her sister Jane is missing. Jules and Jane grew up idolizing a book that details the Bartholomew in Manhattan. The Bartholomew is known as a gothic style apartment building occupied by gargoyles, wealthy tenants, and a long history of strange happenings. That said, Jules ends up at the Bartholomew and the rest is a winding road that I will allow Mr. Sager to detail. So, the best way for me to end this review is with a quote from myself; “After she finished this book, she wrote a review with a list of details she wanted future readers to know. At the top was this: this book was phenomenal, go read it right this second.”
Rating: 4 Stars . I received this book as an E-ARC from NetGalley in return for an honest review. . A thrilling page turner that will leave you guessing until the very last page. The story follows Jules as she gets hired as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew. What seems like an opportunity of a lifetime quickly turns out too good to be true. As Jules starts digging around in the history of the Bartholomew and its past tenants, her suspicions quickly rise. Riley Sager has an incredible ability to suck readers in from the very first page and keep them interested the whole way through. Some aspects of the plot were a bit far fetched for my liking, but over all a fantastic read and truly one of a kind. . Thank you to NetGalley and Dutton publishing for allowing me to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Jules, recently unemployed and unattached, takes a job apartment sitting in the one of Manhattan's wealthiest and renowned buildings. There are rules to this, no visitors, no speaking to the residents and you must stay in the apartment every night. But for Jules, who has only her best friend Chloe, this is a dream job that pays $1200. Chloe has heard stories about the building. Murders and deaths, but Jules moves in anyway. When Jules meets Ingrid, another apartment sitter, and tells her that she is frightened of the building, Jules laughs it off as paranoia and loneliness. But then, Ingrid disappears... I read this book wondering if this was a supernatural story of some sort, but rest assured, it is not. As Jules researches the history of the building and searches for Ingrid, she doesn't quite know who to trust. She realizes that no one is looking for Ingrid. I didn't expect what the building itself represented or how far people would go to preserve that legacy.
A mysterious apartment building, no visitors, no disturbing the other residents...sign me up for this thrill ride! I was pumped to read Lock Every Door, the third thriller from Riley Sager but unfortunately, this one did not live up to the hype. The characters, the plot, and the pacing all fell flat for me. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and by the time I had the ending figured out, I was left disappointed and wanting more. The majority of the plot follows the main character, Jules, as she searches for a missing woman she barely knows. While doing so, she stumbles upon the mysterious past of The Bathrlomew apartment building and falls down a rabbit hole of investigation. I had the villains pegged from the beginning, so the ending wasn’t a surprise to me. I do think this book will please a lot of readers but this one just wasn’t for me. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
This was my first Riley Sager read, and it certainly didn't disappoint! A creepy historic building with an even creepier history that slowly unravels makes for an excellent thriller. The pacing was spot on, keeping me on the edge of my seat and finishing this book in record time. For anyone wanting an apartment sitting gone wrong story, get your hands on this title ASAP!
Lock Every Door felt a little like a trip inside a Hitchcock story. It has a haunting atmosphere and a steadily rising tension that kept me turning those pages to see where it would all go. It's a slow burn story, and so many seemingly innocuous things happen that it's easy to slip into a comfortable, easy feeling. Then, we go back to present day and Jules' circumstances snap us back into that feeling of unease, of guessing what led to those circumstances. Now, here's where I tell you that I'm hard to get. I usually see the big reveal coming at least in part. Not this time. Not even an inkling. And I hate to admit it, but there were hints. It's one of those hindsight things. It was all crystal clear once I knew the secret. There were so many way this one could have gone, and I thought I had guessed all of them. Nope, that reveal sneaked right up on me. I love it when that happens! All in all, this one is another great read from Riley Sager. It's atmospheric, filled with creepy characters, and the more you read, the faster you want to read.
This is my first Riley Sager novel but it won’t be my last. Protagonist Jules Larsen, broke, jobless, and newly-single, thinks she has won the lottery when she is offered a temporary job as an apartment-sitter in a fancy New York City building known as the Bartholomew. Three months of free housing that includes a salary of $12,000 is too good to pass up, even though her friend insists the building is haunted and the job is suspicious. Jules is only in the building less than a day when she begins to feel uneasy, but she overlooks those feelings for the money. When one of her new acquaintances departs abruptly in the middle of the night, leaving a cryptic note, Jules decides to investigate, leading to danger and surprises. The book is divided into sections identified as “NOW” and “SIX DAYS EARLIER,” “FIVE DAYS EARLIER,” etc., a format that helps build suspense and mystery. The writing is straightforward and readable, making this an “unputdownable” read. I’m looking forward to reading the author’s previous two novels.
Lord... I don't even think I can do this book justice with a review. What can I write that will explain how I felt after finishing? I was just taken on an absolutely phenomenal ride by Riley Sager. Let me first start by saying that I fell in love with Sager after reading his first two novels, Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied. I feel like sometimes authors who come out with a smash hit tend to let me down when I read their sophomore novels. Well The Last Time I Lied did anything but disappoint. And reading Sager's junior novel, Lock Every Door, I'm officially bowing down to a master of thriller/mystery/horror. I honestly did not think I would get my hands on this book as it's one of the most sought after books of the summer. So huge thank you to Dutton for allowing me the opportunity to review. When I started reading this book, it slightly reminded me of The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (another author I adore). Jules is dead broke. She gets fired from her job. She stumbles upon her live in boyfriend cheating on her (in the act) and finds herself couch surfing with a friend and with nowhere to live. Life's not going very well. Until she finds an ad in the paper looking for an apartment sitter at a highly prestigious New York City apartment complex... getting paid $4,000 per month. She cannot believe her luck and good fortune. Until things start to get weird. Which is where I'll stop this synopsis because you really need to experience it for yourself. As the book went on, it reminded me of the Oscar-nominated movie Get Out. If you've ever seen the movie, you'll understand what I mean when you read the book. Things I'm Raving About: 1. The juxtaposition between poverty and wealth. Sager played with this concept in several different ways throughout the story and did it in a way that didn't get preachy but highlighted the differences in the lives of those with money versus those who struggle financially. I felt Jules's helplessness and hopelessness as she worked to get herself out of her current financial situation. 2. How everything tied together. There were so many little details placed strategically throughout the story that wouldn't even strike you as being relevant. But Sager surprised me dozens of times by looping back to things that happened several hundred pages earlier and perfectly tying up all the loose ends. 3. The uniqueness of the story. I honestly had no idea where this story was headed. I kept trying to guess as I always do with thrillers. And let me make a pretty bold statement... I feel confident that you are NOT going to see the major twist coming. It threw me completely off my game in the best way. Things I'm Not Raving About: 1. Nothing 2. Nothing 3. Nothing There is so much more I want to say but for the sake of brevity I'll just say that I'm confident Sager has another smash hit in Lock Every Door and I think readers will be raving across social media for months to come. -I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley, Riley Sager, and Dutton for the opportunity to review-
If you like dark, eerie thrillers, with a touch of urban legend, this book might be what you’re looking for! This is my first Riley Sager novel and I’m totally impressed! If an opportunity seems to good to be true, it probably is. It’s so tempting to jump at something that sounds so good. Rush into a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But after reading this book, you might think twice!!! Jules is currently crashing on Chloe’s couch, her best friend...and she’s at the lowest point of her life. She’s sunk so low that she’s eating in the same spot she’s sleeping. Her employer downsized, which meant she lost her job. She came home early, interrupting her boyfriend, on the sofa, having sex with someone else. Not a good day!! But then the chance of a lifetime falls in Jules lap...at the exact time she needs it. She gets the opportunity to apartment sit, at the notorious Bartholomew, filled with the rich and famous, and she gets paid for it! It’s like a dream come true. So this opportunity, even if Chloe thinks it’s too good to be true, is exactly what she needs to get her back on her feet. Yes, there are a lot of rules...and yes, they are a bit strange, but she can’t afford to turn down this easy money. She meets Ingrid, another apartment sitter, who tells her things about the Bartholomew...right before she disappears. Then Chloe sends her an article about strange things that have taken place there. Jules starts to dig into the dark past of the mysterious building. I was shocked at the final twist...never saw that one coming!!! I was drawn in immediately and want to read Riley Sager’s other books! My Rating: 4 ⭐️’s Published: July 2nd 2019 by Dutton Pages: 384 Excerpts: “One time is an anomaly. Two times is a coincidence. Three times is proof.”
A beautiful apartment building with gargoyles and a view of Central Park from your bedroom window? An apartment you couldn't afford probably ever? With a doorman? Celebrities living on every floor? And not only do you get to live in this amazing apartment for three months absolutely rent-free, you get paid to do so. You are going to be an apartment sitter! How could you refuse? Your boyfriend is a jerk and you just split up, meaning you have nowhere else to go. Your life seems to be in a bit of a shambles, so why not? So there are a few weird rules. No visitors. No pictures of the building on social media. You must sleep in your apartment every night. Okay....think of the money. So she did and took the job. When some little things start to seem not quite right, at first she ignores them and tries to justify them. It doesn't take long to realize something actually is not quite right. As the reader, you feel it in your bones the same way she does, and your mind starts to invent what the problem is. You want to find out and tell her before it's too late. But you can't really figure it out. Sure, there are clues here and there, but are they leading you in the right direction? You have to read this book. I was drawn in by the building alone. The story is told in a great way and the characters seem real and I can still feel the start and stop of the old time elevator. It's a great experience. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy of this book.
Summary: In the initial foreshadowing chapter, Jules Larsen wakes up in a white room surrounded by doctors and nurses. She is told she was injured when a car hit her. As her memory returns, she is terrified and begs then not to send her back. The reader is then taken back six days, to the start of Jules’ story. Jules Larsen, a young woman in her mid-twenties, just lost her job and her boyfriend on the same day. She pulls herself together and responds to an ad for an apartment sitter. The job is in an exclusive New York City high-rise building called The Bartholomew. While on the tour of the building and vacant apartment, her interviewer, Leslie Evelyn, asks some unusual questions about her family and personal life. Jules apparently gives the desired answers because she is offered the job on the spot. The job comes with some strict rules, but Jules desperately needs the thousand dollars a week, so she accepts. Jules has another reason for wanting this job besides the money. As a child she and her sister read a book that took place in The Bartholomew. It was a fanciful, happy tale that took the two girls’ imaginations away from their poverty. After Jules’ sister vanished without a trace, Jules held onto the book as a connection to her. Now, Jules gets to live some of her childhood fantasies. The novel continues backwards in time, slowly feeding the reader information about the building and its secluded residents. Jules meets two other apartment sitters. When one of them mysteriously vanishes in the middle of the night, Jules is compelled to find out where she’s gone. What she discovers leads to the accident at the beginning of the book. Comments: Lock Every Door is a delightfully creepy novel. Just when I thought it was heading to a rather mundane ending, the the story took another turn. Very nicely done, Riley Sager! I’m usually immune to creepy novels, having been a weird child who read Alfred Hitchcock stories for fun. But this one sent unexpected shivers through me. I’m about to move into a condo in a vaguely similar high-rise building. I’ll be looking at my neighbors suspiciously for a while! Highly recommended for readers of Psychological Suspense. This is a great Beach Read, too!
The saying "if it's too good to be true..." never rang truer here! Jules is a down and out young adult who just lost her job and has no means to support herself. Her family is gone and she is out of money when a what seems like a great opportunity opens up for her. She gets paid to be an apartment sitter in this beautifully creepy ( should have been her first clue) building in Manhattan. Her new apartment is stunning but comes with all these rules but also comes with a lot of money. She meets a few apartment sitters who quickly disappear so it becomes a race to survive. The story jumps from the most recent past to her current future and the story takes you down one road only to switch to a different road. I think this story was the least creepiest of Riley Sager's but just as good!
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is the 2nd book I have read by this author, and once again it is a fantastic exciting thriller. I will be reading whatever stories that Sager writes.Jules Larsen, our heroine, has recently been dumped by her boyfriend, has no job, has been staying at her friend’s house, and is in dire straits financially. When she sees an ad in the paper for an apartment sitter at the famed Bartholomew building on the upper west side, near Central Park, she jumps at the chance, especially as she will earn $4000 a month for three months work. What could go wrong? Is this too good to be true?When Jules accepts the job, she is told the rules….no visitors, no social media, do not talk to residents, must sleep in room every night; despite the strict rules Jules is in no shape to turn it down. As she begins her tenure, she does meet many of the wealthy and famous residents, who keep their distance. When Jules runs into another apartment sitter, Ingrid, whom she befriends; who also tells her about the missing people who were in those apartment’s previously. Jules also begins her own investigation, try to learn more about the residents as well as those who have disappeared. When Ingrid disappears, Jules becomes desperate to find her. At this point, the story becomes a bit dark and creepy, as Jules starts fearing for her own life; and it is now an edge of your seat suspense thriller. Can Jules trust anyone?What follows is an intense, exciting story that had us holding our breaths, as so many surprising twists that I never guessed. Sager certainly kept us in the dark until the last ¼ of the book which certainly threw us for a loop. I will not give spoilers, as it would ruin the story for you. Lock Every Door is a dark, macabre, suspenseful story that kept you engrossed until the very end. If you love suspense thrillers, I suggest you read Lock Every Door, which was well written by Riley Sager.
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Dutton for providing a free eGalley of this book for this review! Thank you also to Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this blog tour and allowing me to be a part of it. I had an amazing time and was so thankful to read this book. Now on to the real review. I personally was a little hesitant to read this one because it was classified as "horror" and for me that means supernatural killings and just scary stuff. Well, thank goodness that's not what happened, although I will say that it was definitely a thriller, and one that I was not expecting to like as much as I did. I related so much to the main character Jules because of everything that she had gone through. Yes, a lot of what she did go through before this point was pretty extreme and something that I can't relate to, but the other things like drowning in debt and feeling like one little mistake is what cost her everything... Yeah I can relate to that. So I could totally understand why the opportunity to watch an apartment for $4000 a month was something she totally jumped on. I would have done the same. Being paid to live in this swanky apartment while getting paid a crap ton of money to do so? Sign me up. I mean she said it so eloquently. “Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.” Then the rules came about. No visitors ever. No sleeping away from the apartment ever. No disturbing the residents. Didn't seem too unreasonable, but the one question that started everything was interesting, and probably should have been the moment to question everything. “Would you consider yourself to be an inquisitive person?” From that moment, the clues start coming together and we are left to find out what really goes on behind the doors of the infamous Bartholomew. There were parts of this journey where I wanted to shake Jules for being so obvious! If she was trying to figure out what happened to potential friend Ingrid, she could have at least done it subtlety, right? If she wanted to stay innocent to prying eyes, she definitely didn't do it right. But I also understood, because when you have a sister that went missing years prior, and there's still no word on whether or not she's actually alive, you want to do everything in your power to make sure history doesn't repeat itself. Maybe that's what she was thinking when she started digging into things she was told not to. I read this book in the span of two days, staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it because I had to know how it ended. While the story may seem to go in one direction, it twists you into a completely different one, and yet it all makes sense in the end. I was left feeling like I didn't know who to trust, despite friendly appearances. I was trying to figure out what was going on myself, figure out what was it that made Jules and Ingrid and others to feel like something was "off" about the Bartholomew. Could the history of a building really make it seem off? I say yes, especially if that history isn't as ancient as one thinks. Sager did an amazing job at keeping me on the edge of my seat. I was waiting to be freaked out from the very beginning, and there were many times throughout the novel that I kept looking at the shadows around me, wondering if someone was watching me. I have a hyperactive imagination, and I just felt like something was going to go terribly wrong.
Jules Larsen is down on her luck -- homeless, jobless, and nearly broke until she answers an ad for an apartment sitter at The Bartholomew, one of the most elite and prestigious apartment buildings in Manhattan. Along with providing a place to stay, the job pays very well. It's the perfect second chance she needs to get her life back on track. Once moved in, Jules becomes more and more aware of how "off" things feel at The Bartholomew, complete with strange noises, stories that don't add up, and mysterious residents. When the apartment sitter from downstairs disappears, Jules knows something is terribly wrong. She's intent on finding out what happened, but what started as an opportunity to improve her financial situation might end up costing Jules everything. I've had my eye on RIley Sager's books for almost a year but haven't gotten to one ( #myTBRisoutofcontrol ) so when I received an eARC of his newest book I was thrilled! The cover of this book is stunning! I love the vibrant pink juxtaposed with the deep purples. I became invested in the plot very quickly and was sympathetic toward Jules -- although so many times while I was reading this book I thought to myself "If it seems too good to be true it probably is." I really enjoyed how much of a character The Bartholomew became as I read. There are twists through Lock Every Door that I never saw coming. The book held my interest (and my life) captive until I completed it which is exactly what I want from a thriller. I burned through this story and loved the ride. I'm definitely looking forward to reading more by @riley.sager (and my TBR has been re-prioritized )! Sincere thanks to @netgalley , @duttonbooks , and the author @riley.sager for providing me a digital galley. All opinions are my own.
Riley Sager does it again! I love that I have a new horror author to follow. Lock Every Door was such a great, suspenseful novel, leaning towards gothic horror with it being set in a storied New York hotel, complete with gargoyles. The mysterious inhabitants of the building leave the reader intrigued right from the beginning and help to build the tension while the main character, Jules, tries to figure out why her fellow apartment sitters are disappearing overnight. The author does a great job at leaving the reader guessing at what is going on in the Bartholomew. I absolutely loved how he even used a Red Herring plot device at one point to misdirect intelligently instead of just layering on twist after twist like so many authors do nowadays. This was super impressive to me! My one major critique comes in when the female protagonist figures out the mystery for herself. It seemed like she got one clue without any other evidence, yet solved it within just 2 lines of text. The heightened activity of the novel after the fact, though, was appreciated and softened my disbelief at how contrived the previous moment was. Many thanks to Random House and Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion! Now I guess I will have to bide my time impatiently until the next Riley Sager release.
Ladies and gentlemen, he’s done it again. I’m pretty sure all of you know that I’m a Riley Sager superfan so this book has been on my radar FOREVER. Seriously, I camped out on @netgalley when I heard that e-ARCs were available. First of all, Sager’s writing just SUCKS me in. With all of his novels (okay, just the three...) I was captivated by page 10. This was no exception. The synopsis already intrigued me, but once I got into the first couple of chapters-I couldn’t put it down. The characters were obvious yet still mysterious. I wanted to shake Jules (the main character) and yell DUDE, RUN! As for the others, you know they’re all playing a part- you just don’t know what it is. Now on to the plot- as in all Sager books expect a major plot twist. So again, you know it’s coming and everything ‘clicks’ and you’re left thinking ‘HOW DID I MISS THAT!?’ But then within the last couple of chapters everything is explained and it makes so much more sense than your original theory. The premise of this one infuriated me. Like seriously how the hell could they get away with that for so long!? At the end, I totally backed Jules decisions. It’s also the first of Sager’s three books that felt ‘real’ to me (I was a house sitter for a while). Like Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied was of course thrilling and suspenseful, but Lock Every Door actually gave me chills. So The Last Time I Lied is still my favorite, but Lock Every Door is great and an awesome read.
Wow! This novel completely blew me away! I loved Final Girls so I was delighted to see on Instagram that Dutton was granting our wishes. This book has a great twisted and multi-layered plot, a strong female protagonist, and creepy secrets that lead you astray until--bam--the ending you weren't expecting! When Jules moves into the Bartholomew as a 3-month "apartment sitter" she is awed by the grandeur and lavish furnishings. Even better is the job pays $4,000/month for her just to live there. Too good to be true? Hmmm. But there are rules, lots of rules: don't disturb the other residents, no visitors, must spend every night there. As Jules warms to the plan, she meets several other young "sitters" as well as some of the eccentric elderly residents and a handsome young doctor. But sinister happenings abound and the suspense mounts as Jules begins to investigate odd events that continue to plague the Bartholomew. What she uncovers is an intricate plot that is totally unexpected. I loved the gothic feel and paranormal vibe that this novel exudes. Bravo for another blockbuster thriller! Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
Jules is down and out after losing her job and catching her boyfriend cheating. She needs money, a job, and to sleep somewhere besides Chloe's couch. The offer from The Bartholomew seems too good to pass up! $4,000 a month for three months, $1,000 a week! Who wouldn't love an offer like that?! You know what they say about things that seem too good to be true? They probably are! Unlike Jules, red flags waved at me when Leslie was giving her the tour. All the rules, questions, and Gargoyle Statues outside my window?! Hard pass for me! Leslie was also too interested in her health and whether she had any family. I'll circle back around about Jules family, mainly just her sister, later. Chloe, being the good friend she is, tries to warn her best friend about The Bartholomew's past, but she doesn't listen. So Jules accepts the offer from Leslie on the spot and moves in. Everything is going well. Her "neighbor" is a doctor who is easy on the eyes and she connects with Ingrid, another apartment sitter. She's living the dream! However, Jules starts to get an eerie feeling she's being watched. At that point, I thought there were cameras in the gargoyle statues! Hearing Ingrid scream and then being told she left would be icing on the cake for me. I would run far far away! Jules thinks Ingrid was onto something about past apartment sitters when she vanished, so she starts questioning everything. Naturally Jules confides in the wrong person, but she didn't know that at the time. That seems to be the way it always goes. A building with a questionable past, creepy gargoyle statues, and disappearing apartment sitters will have you up late at night trying to figure out what happened to Ingrid and apartment sitters of the past. The chapters go from Six Days Earlier, when Jules moves in, to Now when she finds herself in the hospital after running out of The Bartholomew. Who was she running from? Or what was she running to? You'll have to read it to find out! I really enjoyed the other two books by this author, Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied, but this one didn't do it for me. I wanted to know more about the disappearance of Jules sister. She's presumed dead, but nobody really knows. They brought it up and left it open which leaves me with so many questions that will never be answered. With that said, I will still read any book Riley Sager writes. Thank you NetGalley and Dutton for this digital ARC! Get your copy on July 2nd!
Jules Larsen is down on her luck. She just lost her job and her boyfriend all in one day. Now, with no new jobs on the horizon, staying on her friends couch may be more permanent than she anticipated. That is, until the opportunity of a lifetime falls into her lap! Stay at the Bartholomew apartment building in New York City. One of the most famous landmarks with a dark, mysterious history behind it. And…She’ll be paid twelve thousand dollars to apartment sit! Seriously! How could she say no!? Ahhh, not so fast - there are rules! One of which include no guests...period! Do not interact with the residents. And you must spend every night in your assigned apartment. Ok! Easy peasy! If something looks too good to be true..... I’ve been a bit hit and miss with Riley Sager’s books. I absolutely loved Final Girls, but his next release The Last Time I Lied missed the mark for me. Riley Sager's newest release is an addictive thriller that is a little dark and even spooky at times. I was so caught up in the “one more chapter” mode that I kept reading beyond our buddy read goals. If only it would’ve stayed on the same path all the way through! ☹️ The ending veered off in a direction that just didn’t seem to mesh with the theme of the first two thirds of the book. I wish I could say I came away loving it, but I didn’t. Not quite. For me, one star sadly fell away for the ending. But as always...that’s just me! A spooky fun buddy read with Susanne! Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Group Dutton and Riley Sager for an ARC to read and review.
This novel was absolutely everything it promised to be. Riley Sager delivers a riveting, compulsive thriller that keeps the reader in anticipation until the very end. All of the characters were carefully constructed and unique, setting the stage for a dark, creative plot. When a young woman, down on her luck, lands the chance to apartment sit in one of Manhattan’s most prestigious buildings, she jumps at the chance. But not all that glitters is gold and soon the mysterious rumors of the Bartholomew become harder and harder to ignore. Will she become trapped in the gilded cage or forge her escape?
Jules Larsen has a very lucrative job for a few weeks. There are strange rules, such as no visitors, or nights away, and other such requirements. The building where Jules will be apartment sitting is home to rich and famous people. It is called the Bartholomew. one of Manhattan's most exclusive and mysterious residences. Jules is down and out, so this opportunity will grant her the chance to put her past behind her and to start over. She certainly will make enough money for what really is a short period of time. Despite being rather singular, Jules gets to know a few residents and staff at the Bartholomew. Another sitter like herself, Ingrid, strikes a chord in her and they get along. Ingrid shares the history of the building with Jules, and then suddenly disappears. Jules becomes very worried. So, she begins to search for answers, and is met with strange circumstances. For starters, strange things begin happening. Her interchanges with others are very strange as well. Jules can do nothing less but assume the worst with regard to Ingrid, and also the building and its residents. What a creepy story! I sometimes felt as stressed out as Jules while she searched for answers. I realized while reading this book that nothing was as it it seemed. There was layer upon layer in this story. No one, other than Jules, seemed trustworthy. The twists and turns were many, especially with how the story began. It started with Jules in the hospital, and things were strange from that angle. The story then went back and forth from several days when she started apartment sitting to the present. I could hardly get past the turn of events while reading this story! It was incredibly scary and was a true page-turner. I literally could not put this book down, not even for a second. It was difficult because I thought one thing, then it was something else. This happened more than once. The ending was a true shocker. This is my second book by Riley Sager. I think I need to read his first book, because I have an idea that he is just the author about which to say, "Hey, I read all of his books!" Many thanks to Dutton and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
If you are looking for a really good horror type scary story, this is it. I was hooked from the beginning and basically stayed with it until I had finished it. Jules answers an ad for an apartment sitter in an exclusive apartment building in New York City. Once she has been there for a few days, she discovers that some of the former apartment sitters have disappeared. There are lots of twists and turns in this story with an ending that I did not imagine. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this page turner.