I loved Lock Every Door so much that I read it twice in a row! It’s my favorite Riley Sager book so far, which is saying a lot, since I was a fan of both Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied. The storytelling in this latest book is just so well done that I had to reread it right away.
Jules is a young woman down on her luck who responds to an ad seeking an apartment sitter, then finds herself getting paid to live in a posh unit within the Bartholomew, one of New York’s most high-profile and glamorous buildings.
As she is settling in and meeting a few of the wealthy -- and slightly odd -- residents, she is befriended by Ingrid, another apartment sitter who reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. Ingrid warns Jules that something is ‘off’ in the building, and the very next day, Ingrid disappears.
Determined to uncover the truth about what happened to Ingrid, Jules researches the haunting and morbid history of the building. What she discovers pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past and somehow make it out of the Bartholomew alive.
The story starts with a wonderfully slow and creepy burn, reminding me a bit of Rosemary’s Baby or Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, then the pacing ratchets up about one-third of the way in. I was hooked, from the very beginning, and on the edge of my seat to see what would happen next.
This truly is masterful storytelling. I really appreciated the fact that Jules had such specific and well-defined psychological underpinnings driving her thoughts and actions. Every seed that was planted early in the story bore fruit. And the Bartholomew was described so well that it leapt right off the page and seemed like a living, breathing character – beautiful yet chilling, opulent yet depraved. On top of the excellent story craft, this book has all of the twists, red herrings and shocking reveals that will keep mystery and thriller fans happy.
This book is fantastic, and I highly recommend it! It comes out July 2.
A special thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Dutton and NetGalley for the ARC in return for my honest review.