Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door

Riley Sager

Jules Larsen takes a new job as an apartment sitter at one of Manhattan’s most high-profile buildings. However, she discovers something that makes her want to escape before her temporary status becomes permanent.

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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.

Advance Galley Reviews

I don’t want to spoil the creepy 1970s movie macabre feels that fill this novel, so for my review I will just say I loved it. Yup. L.O. V. E. D. IT.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC through the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Jules has not had an easy life. Her sister vanished about eight years ago. Then her mom began struggling with health problems at the same time her dad was laid off. Then both of her parents died. Now, Jules finds herself suddenly laid off and recently split up from a boyfriend who was cheating on her. She’s having no luck finding a job, and she’s staying on the couch of a friend. So when an ad comes up that an apartment sitter is needed, Jules jumps on the opportunity. When she arrives at the address, she discovers that it’s a storied place that was used in the setting of her favorite book. She feels that something is off when she’s offered $12,000 to stay in an apartment for three months, but the money is too good to pass up. Within hours of moving in, Jules starts to get a weird vibe from the place, and despite warnings not to, she begins snooping about. She learns about past disappearances in the building, and she begins to realize that something sinister is afoot. I devoured Lock Every Door. Told in “then” and “now” segments, the “now” segments serve as short interstitial segments that serve to continue to move the story along and get the reader to wonder what has happened that led to this point. I found this to be an incredibly fast-paced read as I genuinely accidentally read the whole thing in one night. While this is a thriller, it’s more of a slow-burn thriller in which there is first smoke seen, followed by small flames before the whole thing is engulfed. Along the way, there’s always that spark of intrigue, really helped by those interstitial segments, to engage the reader the whole way through. Lock Every Door comes out on July 2. For fans of thrillers, this is not to be missed.

3/5 stars I enjoyed this book a lot. I liked the characters and the atmosphere, and it kept me guessing the entire time, but it wasn't very memorable. Even now, it's only been a few days since I finished the book, and I already can barely remember any of the characters' names. This is one of those books that I enjoy while I'm reading it, but once I put it down I'll never think about it again.

I enjoy a thrilling introduction and this novel definitely has it! The suspense continues throughout the book as Jules, a twenty-something down on her luck, tries to make a living with a temporary job as an apartment sitter in an expensive Central Park area of NYC. The author has introduced variable characters on the poverty/wealth spectrum, and they are all quite realistic.

The story opens with Jules Larsen being examined at a hospital after an accident. The book then goes back 6 days to tell what led up to her accident. Jules is out of cash, jobless and in need of an apartment so she answers an ad for an apartment sitter in the Bartholomew. The Bartholomew is a small, ornate apartment building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan that opened in 1919. It’s very posh and exclusive. The job pays suspiciously well but it also comes with a lot of rules, like no smoking, no guests and no talking to the other residents unless spoken to. It turns out that there are also unwritten rules, like don’t ask any questions about the Bartholomew. This is the third book I have read by this author. Obviously he can’t think of anything to write other than women-in-danger stories, but this one is by far the worst of the three. It just keeps getting cheesier as it progresses. It wants to be a cross between “Rosemary’s Baby” and a mad-doctor thriller, but the mash up doesn’t really work. The plot is just nonsense. Rich people have excellent medical coverage. They don’t need the services of the Bartholomew. /spoiler> The whole thing is just preposterous and doesn’t supply the enjoyable chills that a well written horror story can provide. The book has minor factual inaccuracies and major lapses of logic. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

Wow, this was super twisty and definitely went in a direction I wasn’t expecting! Really enjoyed it.

** spoiler alert ** I can't believe I am going to DNF this with only 100 pages to go. But I am. This started out really, really strong. Great creepy concept and short fast chapters. But very early on I started feeling Rosemary's Baby vibes. But since it wasn't a horror I kept going wishing for something really interesting with a super fresh new idea. Seriously, all the great reviews I see had to be about something really fantastic right? I am wondering if those great reviews are from readers of the author's previous books, which have also been very highly rated, and they are still on that high. Because when this solidified into an elitist book about the rich preying on the poor and lonely I was done. And let me be clear, I am not on a high horse about rich vs. poor, my high horse is about authors writing books when they don't have a good idea or even a great spin on an old idea. In reading other reviews I understand there is some slight twist, but most think it's insignificant, and I'm just not that interesting to find out. But putting that aside, the book is very engaging and the author does do that frantic sort of suspense that keeps you turning pages very well. I was provided this book by the publisher and hope my opinion hasn't been too harsh to be given any wonderful future opportunities of advanced copies :) :(

A decent read about a sinister hotel that offers apartment sitters a lot money to live in an empty apartment. Unfortunately nothing in this world is free. The book takes a dark turn. I can see how a lot of people will love this book but for me it was just ok.

Jules Larsen’s life is in a slump. After being laid off from her job and ending her relationship with her boyfriend, she finds herself living at her best friend’s apartment until she can improve her circumstances. While searching for another job, she sees an ad for an apartment sitter. The job is temporary - only three months. The compensation, however, is what makes the job so appealing. As her bank account dwindles, she decides to apply for the job. She is offered the position and can hardly believe that she’ll be residing in one of Manhattan’s oldest, most prestigious apartment buildings. She’ll be handsomely compensated and have time to focus on her meaningful job search. However, after moving in, she soon discovers that the building and its residents are not what they seem to be and that dark, mysterious secrets are hidden there. As time goes by, Jules realizes that she must somehow find a way to leave before she falls victim to the dark forces that are contained within. This is a first rate, suspenseful thriller that I found impossible to put down! The characters are well drawn and the sense of place is real. Tension builds gradually and will hold you spellbound until the very end. Don’t pass this one up! Thank you to author Riley Sager, Penguin Random House publishers, and First to Read for giving me the opportunity to read this suspenseful novel!

Ho. Lee. Chit. What a page-turner. I found myself awake until the sun came up, frantically turning the pages to get to the end because ... I COULDN'T WAIT FOR IT TO BE OVER!! I LOOOOOVED Final Girls. That may be because I have a special connection to it that I'm positive nobody cares about but either way, I thought it was superb. I LIKED The Last Time I Lied. I LOATHED everytime I had to pick up Lock Every Door. Much like Sager's previous works, this is a slow burn, taking it's time leading you to a combustible conclusion. This ending, however, didn't even singe my eyebrows. The characters, especially the main character, are annoying and unrealistic. This book has no idea what it wants to be. Is it a ghost story? A murder mystery? By the end, did I even care? No. No I didn't. The ending twist is contrived at best. I can't even tell you why the author chose the title. 2 ?? because, well, I don't really know. *** I was provided an ARC copy from Penguin-Random House First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. *** P.S. this program is closing down in June and I want to cry ??

Thank you First to Read for the opportunity to preview Lock Every Door by Riley Sager. I have read all of Riley Sager's books - This is the best. I was instantly hooked by the end of the first chapter. This is eerie, dark, vivid, and haunting. I couldn't help but feel reminents of Rosemary''s Baby as one of the main characters in this book is a building - The Baltimore, in the heart of NY City. The story begins with a young woman who has been in an accident - and she is terrified. She knows she has been in an accident, but her memory cannot be conjured. She just knows she had to get away.... Cut to a week before the acciident, and this young woman, Jules, tells her story. She has just lost her boyfriend, her home, and has no money. But an opportunity has come up and she shares it with her best friend, Clohe. She is going to housesit at the famous Baltimore building for 12 weeks and for that she will be paid twelve thousand dollars. All she has to do is follow the rules of the Baltimore, and those rules are "killer". From start to finish, this book will keep you guessing and praying that Jules will survive her new job while those around her keep disappearing. By the way, I will miss this site so much!!!! My favorite book this year - 5 stars!!!!!!

ock Every Door by Riley Sager To say I was ecstatic to get my hands on an ARC of Lock Every Door would be an understatement. I wanted to read this one so bad! The cover is HOT PINK (my favorite color), Riley lives in NJ (my home state), and the synopsis of the book just grabbed my attention so tight and didn’t let go! Jules, a sweet girl who is down on her luck, finds a job as an apartment sitter in the Bartholomew, a famous yet mysterious Manhattan palace. Jules can’t believe she’s been given this opportunity but despite concerns of it being “too good to be true,” Jules takes the job. Soon enough, she realizes the building has a sordid past of which she’s about to become a part of unless she can escape. I’ll tell you what! I’m fascinated by this book. While it was a quick read, there were so many layers to it. The story had a nice flow to it. I love reading a book that from the first page, something has terribly gone wrong and you are immediately immersed into the mystery. Every page builds up to what’s really going on and who the bad guy or lady is. I did a buddy read on this one and let me tell you, the other ladies finished before me and were all “holy crap”ing and “wow, what did I just read”ing and it not only made me read faster because of FOMO, but it also created that much more excitement for me. I didn’t know where Riley was going with the story, and I was definitely shocked, in an awesome way, with the big reveal. Lock Every Door comes out July 2, 2019. Be sure to grab this one. You won’t be disappointed. Also, Riley thanks Instagram users in his acknowledgments. That just gives me the warm and fuzzies! Definitely support this guy! He’s a brilliant writer and seems to be a genuine person!

Really great book and a commentary on the way certain people in the world view things...which is the scariest part. A great thriller and suspense novel. My full review is on Goodreads.com/marcobooks since reviews here will be deleted after the closing of First to Read.

Unfortunately, I could not get the book to download in order to read it no matter what reading app I downloaded. I look forward to reading it after it is published.

I enjoyed reading this one, as I enjoy everything he writes, although I must confess that I found this one more eye-rolling in it's big reveal then either of the previous books he has written. I understand that he takes on Horror Story / movie tropes and stereotypes and then gives them his particular spin. It's one of the things I enjoy, since I find myself too much of a scaredy-cat to watch those movies, but thoroughly enjoy the types of tales that they tell. His books are a perfect antidote to that, because somehow even though my imagination is incredibly vivid, what I conjure doesn't disturb me in the same way as what I watch on a big screen. This one began brilliantly, as they all do. The setup, pacing, characters, and setting we're all perfectly designed to make the hairs on the back of your neck come to disturbing attention. I honestly had no idea what the secret behind the Bartholomew was going to be. When it was revealed, I actually laughed out loud at first, because I couldn't quite believe this was what he went with... He tied it all together well, again as he always does, and the lesson about the divide between rich and poor was well taken. Still, it felt like I had read this before - his reveal is/is related to the reveal in a handful of things I've read recently. While that is purely coincidental it meant that it didn't have the resonance for me as a reader that it might have if I hadn't read what I have recently... All of that aside, if you are looking for a wholly immersive and engaging Thriller / Horror Story, you can't do much better than a Riley Sager novel. He has a fantastic knack for crafting extremely believable female protagonists and for helping them discover what I have referred to in previous reviews as their backbone of titanium - which always seems to exist in a hyper-state within a shell that seems too fragile to exist on its own... He is wonderfully evocative in his imagery and sets a scene like few others. This may not have been my favorite, but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable story.

In NYC, The Bartholomew is an apartment building that's very exclusive to get into, the wait list can take years, and it doesn't come cheap. The owners don't like the apartments to sit empty, so they hire people to live there short term and with generous pay. Who wouldn't want a free apartment for 3 months and $12,000? So when Jules, who loses her boyfriend and job in one day reads a vague ad on Craigslist looking for a house sitter, she answers the ad. Imagine her surprise when she learns it's to apartment sit in The Bartholomew. During her interview, she's given some strict rules about living there. She's to maintain the privacy of those that live there, she must not sleep elsewhere, and no one else can sleep over. While a bit strict, she agrees, and she's got herself a new apartment, and she's going to earn some desperately needed cash. But as Jules is known to do, she starts snooping and realizes that some of the other girls that were house sitters had up and disappeared into the night. Most importantly, she's made friends with Ingrid, the girl in the apartment directly below hers, and Ingrid has up and left in the middle of the night as well. Jules is desperate for answers and she's willing to break the rules to find them. Lock Every Door felt a bit like a book I had already read, and I kept experiencing Deja Vu while reading. But alas, it's not published yet, so maybe I just have a wild imagination. The characters aren't all that deep, so you don't really get attached to any of them. I felt that once the story's pace picked up (towards the very end), it did so at a breakneck pace, taking a twist that seemed a bit out there. But I shrugged and kept reading because I was almost done and I will say, the twist was imaginative and unique. I felt Jules was a bit too invested in the missing girls, especially with Ingrid whom she had known a day. Overall, Lock Every Door is an interesting story, a thriller that keeps you about guessing what is going on.

If Jules Larsen didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all.   After being laid off from her job she returns to her apartment to find her boyfriend with another woman.  In desperate need of both a new job and a roof over her head, Jules answers an ad for an apartment sitter. When Jules arrives at the address she was given, she's stunned to find herself standing in front of the Bartholomew, Manhattan's most high-profile building, home to some elite residents. "Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can." * The Bartholomew has a long standing rule that apartments cannot remain unoccupied for more than a month for reasons of security.  The resident of 12A recently passed away and while her family argue over who will get the apartment, they consider an apartment sitter to be an insurance policy.  One they're willing to pay four thousand dollars a month for. There are only a few rules for Jules to become a temporary resident of the grand Bartholomew:  she must keep the apartment in pristine condition and spend every night there; she cannot not speak to any of the residents unless spoken to because they value their privacy and she cannot have any visitors under any circumstances. While the rules seem a little strange, Jules is willing to follow them for three months and twelve thousand dollars.  This opportunity will get her back on her feet for a fresh start. Jules soon meets fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who reminds Jules of her sister who disappeared eight years ago.  The Bartholomew has long been shrouded in mystery due to some high-profile events in its early years and its tight-lipped residents but Ingrid thinks there may be a more sinister history that remains unknown. "Do you think it's possible for a place to be haunted, even if there aren't any ghosts there? Because that's what it feels like to me. Like the Bartholomew is haunted by its history. Like all the bad stuff that's ever happened there has accumulated like dust and now floats in the air. And we're breathing it in, Jules." * Jules is able to brush off Ingrid's concerns as wild conjecture thanks to the notoriously private residents. Except Ingrid disappears the next day. The building manager says Ingrid left in the middle of the night, no longer willing to follow the strict rules. Jules is certain that there is more to the story and her fear grows as her texts to Ingrid go unread and calls go unanswered. While searching for her friend, Jules discovers dark secrets within the walls of the Bartholomew, including the alarming fact that Ingrid isn't the first apartment sitter to go missing in the middle of the night.   Lock Every Door is another compulsively readable thriller from Sager narrated by a character with a troubled past.  I was immediately drawn in by Jules' tragic past, flipping as fast as I could to learn more of the Bartholomew's secrets, and searching for a common thread between the two because I expected that to be the direction Sager was headed.   While I guessed a couple key points of the mystery, I was nowhere near uncovering the truth. I am a huge fan of Sager's summer thrillers!  He knows how to build a mystery, hooking readers with a secret and reeling us in with an exciting twist.   The history of the Bartholomew leads Jules to one conclusion about the present mystery, the history of our MC had me searching for clues to another mystery, and that clever misdirection made the twist at the end completely unexpected for me. If you enjoy an exciting mystery that includes some history and dark secrets with a red herring or two, Lock Every Door is definitely one to pick up this summer! Thanks to Dutton Books and the Penguin First to Read program for providing me with a digital avanced reader's copy in exchange for my honest review.  Lock Every Door is scheduled for release on July 2, 2019. *Quotes included are from a digital advanced reader's copy and are subject to change upon final publication.

This author is amazing! Jules is down on her luck and thinks things are looking up for her when she gets an apartment sitting job in Manhattan's upscale Bartholomew apartment building. She quickly learns that when things seem to good to be true that they usually are.

Yet another great book by Riley. The writing was flawless and the characters drew you into a story that was full of suspense, heartbreak, and outrage! I look forward to the next book.

this was my first book by this author and i thought it was fantastic - really kept me on the edge of my seat!

“‘Do you think it’s possible for a place to be haunted, even if there aren’t any ghosts there?’ she says. 'Because that’s what it feels like to me. Like the Bartholomew is haunted by its history. Like all the bad stuff that’s ever happened there has accumulated like dust and now floats in the air.’” I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Trigger warnings: death, body horror, abduction, violence, car accidents, fire, severe illness, severe injury, blood, hospitals, needles, stitches. When Jules lands a job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most famous and upscale apartment buildings, she feels like she’s been given a chance to hit the reset button on her life. Recently laid off from her job and broken up from a cheating boyfriend, the job couldn’t come at a more opportune time. There are a few rules–no visitors, no bothering the residents, no nights away from the apartment–but it pays a thousand dollars a week. However, not everything is as it seems at the Bartholomew. When another apartment sitter mysteriously disappears, Jules uncovers a series of missing persons cases and discovers that the Bartholomew may be hiding a killer. I waited for a hundred pages for this to get better. Then I waited for a hundred more. I’m pretty sure the only reason I made it through the end was because I had read The Last Time I Lied, and I kept waiting for Sager to pull another glorious twist out of his back pocket. I guess you could call what happens a twist, but it’s far from glorious, and it in no way makes up for slogging through the rest of this book. Probably the worst thing a murdery/thrillery book can be is boring, and I was bored on every page. Sager doesn’t seem invested in either his plot or his characters here, so it’s nearly impossible for his readers to be. While he goes to some lengths to establish a backstory for Jules, her personality is bland, and most of those threads are never appropriately played out. The rest of the characters are barely present long enough to be more than paper cutouts, so there’s no development to be had anywhere. Most of the narrative is given over to Jules’s increasingly far-fetched theories and rising paranoia, which is an emotion that rarely translates well on the page. Worst of all, nothing really happens. The primary issue of the plot is that a girl has gone missing. Jules barely knows her, so it’s hard to see why she expends so much emotional energy and rapidly depleting funds trying to locate a near-total stranger who obviously wanted to leave. The actual horror of The Bartholomew takes too long to reveal itself for adequate payoff, and it’s just this side of ridiculous when it does. I like the effort Sager puts into the novel’s overall themes of how poor people are more likely to go missing or come to harm, and the lengths the wealthy will go to exploit them, but overall, it comes off rather forced and silly. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

Another great book from Riley Sager! As I said with The Last Time I Lied, he definitely has a 'formula' of sorts that he seems to follow for all of his book so far, but it's a formula that I find immensely enjoyable so I don't mind at all. Also all his books are very heavily based on classic horror movie tropes which ARE pretty formulaic so it makes sense in that regard. Still, his writing is suspenseful enough that even working with familiar tropes you don't want to put the book down, and I actually read this one in a single day. *****THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS***** This book was a bit different than his previous two for me personally because I actually figured most of it out before the big reveal. I didn't necessarily see the organ transplant thing coming, but I thought it was fairly obvious that most if not all of the people in the building would have to be 'in' on whatever was going on - especially her dreamy doctor neighbor since he had literally lived there his whole life. I was thinking part of the way through 'this is basically Get Out but for poor people' and I was more right than I realized! I personally enjoy being able to figure out parts of the mystery beforehand, but I know some people like things to be less straightforward. Overall a really great book and I'd definitely recommend it if you like horror movies or have read and liked either of his previous books.

This book was fantastic. Kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't want to put it down. Probably my favorite of Sager's books, but it's hard to say. Unique story. Highly recommend!

Middle to the ending of this book was super creepy and scary for me cause i dont even like scary movies so i was like hiding behind a pillow while reading this. This book had me reading nonstop I could not put it down! I actually lovedd this book much better than the Final Girls because i could feel sympathy for this main character and loved the mystery of it all. I would never go into a haunted hotel/condo building but just imagining there would be one in manhattan is so cooll and creepy. Im so glad that she was able to pick up her life after what had happened. I mean it was insane!! Also glad Ingrid was alive i was so relieved but really sad about Dylan . Kind of bitter that Nick just threw himself off the building i wished he died slowly from where she stabbed him instead cause thats what he deserved. Im so happy they demolished the building because then it can definitely prevent the murders from happening again at least for now. All those people involved got sent to jail! And she kept the dog so happy he was saved from that evil lady! Anyway great read! Thank you to First to read for giving me the opportunity to read this!

Jules Larson, recently single after catching her boyfriend in a compromising position with a fellow student, is ready for a change, ready to move on from her friend Chloe's couch and ready to earn some cash while living in a beautifully mysterious building in Manhattan! What she's not ready for is the creepy past that the Bartholomew brings. Is the posh apartment and $1,000 per week worth possibly her life? As Jules investigates past apartment sitters who have "moved on" and current sitters who have up and vanished, will she find out what she needs before it's too late for her? I could not put down my e-reader! I am not going to lie, I was thoroughly creeped out! I checked my front and back doors to make sure they were locked....more than once! I recommend that you read this in the light of day. I sat down at 9 p.m. and finished by 1 a.m. and that was with checking my doors and windows several times. If creepy, edge of your seat, not sure what will happen next is your thing, then Lock Every Door is definitely for you! Riley Sager kept me guessing until the very end! 5 stars, two thumbs up, highest rating I could give and then some!! It's been awhile since I was that scared from a novel. Thank You Riley Sager and First To Read for this awesome opportunity! So grateful that I was bestowed this ARC!

Jules thinks she found the opportunity of a lifetime when she learns she can be paid to live for 3 months in Manhattan's most iconic apartment building. Very quickly after moving in she finds that the building, and its residents, hold many in its past. This book had me hooked from the first page. I found the premise of the book interesting and original. The writing and pacing kept me engaged from the start to the finish. This was a plot heavy book, so I did think that the characters could have been developed a little bit more. I really enjoyed all the subtleties that tied together. I have read one of Sager's other books (The Last Time I Lied) and enjoyed this one much more. Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy!

Jules lucks into an unbelievable opportunity to apartment sit at the iconic Bartholomew building in Manhattan, Soon her starry-eyed wonder and hopefulness in catching a break are replaced by suspicion and a creeping feeling somethin is very wrong at the Bartholomew. Sitters are going missing and Jules is growing increasingly uneasy with her position. A slow start, but builds into a fast-paced thriller and suspenseful mystery. One of those books you have to read straight through! I have read Riley Sager books before and definitely recommend his works.

Down on her luck, Jules gets what she thinks is the answer to her problems - three months in an apartment in the ultra exclusive Bartholomew plus $12,000! Little does she realize what she's stumbled into!! Fast paced, great thriller, couldn't put it down - another great read by Riley Sager. Thank you First to Read for the advanced copy.


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