I certainly wanted to lock every door in my apartment after reading this! Granted, they were all already locked, but it sure was difficult to take the dog for a walk at night after having devoured this novel in one day.
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.Goodreads Description
Riley Sager has captured some really chilling fears in this mystery thriller centered around a girl I know a little too well. Jules Larsen is a young woman who has been chewed up and spit out by life. Always only one misstep away from homelessness, something many gainfully employed people in their 20’s and 30’s in NYC can easily relate to, Jules finds herself in dire straights after losing her job and her boyfriend in one terrible day. But, her luck seems to be taking a turn for the better when she gets an apartment sitting job in one of the most iconic residential buildings in Manhattan. Even better, the job pays – and it pays well. Sometimes good things happen to good people, and sometimes good things are too good to be true. Unfortunately for Jules, this time it was the latter. Her luck took a turn, but not for the better.
What is unfortunate for Jules, however, is extremely fortunate for people looking for an excellent thriller. Sager’s newest novel is a twisty, action packed story of the terrible things that people can do to each other. I have some really strong (good) opinions about the ultimate climax and the motivations behind the ultimate villains, but to get into them would take away some of the surprise, and the surprise is the best part!
I powered through this novel, I barely put it down it eat dinner. It was compelling, concise, vivid, and had one hell of a final twist! For a brief moment I thought this was going to stray into speculative territory, but oh man the twist was so much more satisfying than I expected!
As you can tell, I loved the plot. I also loved the setting, the characters both big and small, and the narrative structure of flashing forward and backward without ever giving away the conclusion until you really got there! Once you start reading you will be hard pressed to put the book down until you turn the very last page!
I feel like I should also be giving some sort of critisism, but honestly? I don’t have any. I easily rate this book 5/5 stars. If you are a thriller/mystery fan, love a good action, or are like me and want a good break from historical fiction and sci-fi/fantasy, please do yourself a favor and pick up Lock Every Door.