Book Review: Lock Every Door

07.02.2019 | Dutton
Rating: 5/5 stars


The rules are simple. No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No talking to the other residents, unless they speak to you first. 

Jules Larsen’s new job may come with a strict set of rules, but the rewards are high. She is being paid as an apartment sitter in one of Manhattan’s more high-profile and mysterious buildings, the Bartholomew. Jules has nothing to lose and $12,000 to gain. Recently left broken hearted and without a job, Jules believes she has found the perfect opportunity to change her life. So what if she can’t talk to anyone who lives in the same building as her?

When Jules meets Ingrid, a fellow apartment sitter, she starts to learn that the Bartholomew has a dark past, which might just be linked to a series of odd events happening in present day. Beneath the glitz and glam is a dark truth that leads to Ingrid disappearing. As Jules digs for the truth, she starts to find that Ingrid isn’t the only apartment sitter to have vanished in the night.


Riley Sager has done it again! Sager is easily one of my favorite authors and his books are auto-buys for me. I put off reading LOCK EVERY DOOR because I didn’t want to be left without something to read by him. There were so many wonderful reviews about this book that I decided to prioritize it as one of my final backlist reads for 2019.

LOCK EVERY DOOR is incredibly reminiscent of Ira Levin’s ROSEMARY’S BABY, which some of you may remember I just read a few months ago. There’s no denial in this by Sager, as he even dedicated his book to Levin. I assure you that Sager is not ripping off an original, but has created something new and modern, with a huge nod to a literary great!


Instantly the reader is swept away to the world of the Bartholomew. Can you imagine living in one of the most prestigious buildings in New York City? Would you agree to the weird rules? I think I would have a hard time signing my name to the dotted line on this agreement, but perhaps if I was in Jules’ situation I wouldn’t hesitate. Being desperate for a change and ready for anything can lead people to agree to things you never thought you would.

Sager does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into this story with not only the lore and backstory to the Bartholomew, but with a main character who is extremely relatable. I couldn’t help but like Jules. She is one of those genuinely nice people who has unfortunately been recently burned. You immediately want this to work for her and immediately know things are going to go south. It’s like a car crash that you can’t look away from. A slow destruction into crazy town that you’re signing up to watch unfold in front of your eyes. I don’t want to talk too much about plot details because you need to just dive into this story. If you don’t already own a copy of this book, head to your local bookstore or wherever you buy books and snag one today!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

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