3 January 2020

Review: LOCK EVERY DOOR, Riley Sager

  • this edition published by Penguin UK 2019
  • ISBN 978-1-52-901441-7
  • 368 pages
  • source: my local library
Synopsis (publisher)

You've been offered a luxury apartment, rent free. The catch: you may not live long enough to enjoy it…

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents.
These are the only rules for Jules Larson's new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile private buildings and home to the super rich and famous.

Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

Out of place among the extremely wealthy, Jules finds herself pulled toward other apartment sitter Ingrid. But 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 - but the next day, her new friend has vanished.

And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing…

Welcome to the Bartholomew…You may never leave.

My take:

The story begins with NOW.

Jules appears to be in a hospital having been hit by a car right outside the Bartholomew. It then goes into a count down, beginning with "Six Days Earlier" which was when Jules became an apartment sitter at the apartment building. Things move pretty quickly. Ingrid another apartment sitter who initially befriended her disappears and the count down continues.

The novel maintains a good level of tension, littering the space with clues about what is going on. However, despite the clues, while I had worked out who was responsible, I had not worked out what was actually going on.

An excellent read.

My rating: 4.7

About the author
Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name. Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been sold in 25 languages. A film version is being developed by Universal Pictures and Anonymous Content. A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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