Lock Every Door by Riley Sager #bookreview #thriller


Title: Lock Every Door

Author: Riley Sager

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: July 2, 2019

Page Count: 381

My rating: 5 stars

About the book:

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.


Lock Every Door by Riley Sager was one of my most anticipated novels of the year after having read The Last Time I Lied last year and loving it. Needless to say from my rating on this one I was not disappointed in the least.

Jules Larsen is at an all time low in her life when she walks in on her live in boyfriend with another girl leaving her homeless. And if that wasn’t enough to pile on one person Jules also ends up losing her job too. Despite her friend offering her a place to stay Jules is determined to pick herself up and dust herself off and find work.

When Jules comes across an ad for an apartment sitter that says it pays well and is located in one of the oldest and sought after buildings in the city she can’t believe her luck. Sure, the job comes with some pretty strict rules but to be paid to live in luxury?? Of course when a fellow apartment sitter turns up missing Jules begins to think there may be more to the stories she’s heard.

Creepy. Compulsive. Compelling. Just a few words coming to mind with this one. I am usually one of the most impatient readers but  Riley Sager has a way of doing a slow build that just wraps me up in the tense atmosphere and won’t let go. I can see his same style in both books that I have read yet they are still very different from one another. Between the gargoyles setting the scene and things going bump in the night Lock Every Door was definitely a page turner and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Penguin’s First to Read.

Find this book online: 

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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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