Lock Every Door

Lock Every Door

A Novel

Book - 2019
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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.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781524745141
Characteristics: 368 pages ;,24 cm.


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ArapahoeSarahH Nov 01, 2019

I wasn't quite sure what to think of this thriller from the beginning...but as the chapters went by I was more and more intrigued about what was going on, which characters to trust, and all of my guesses at the final plot twist were wrong! A great read for a cozy winter night!

JCLMeghanF Oct 09, 2019

I am a huge Riley Sager fan and his newest novel does not disappoint. When Jules begins apartment sitting in a famous New York building, she discovers a missing girl, a possible haunting, and more than a few dark secrets. If you're a fan of Hitchcockian thrillers, this one is for you.

ArapahoeJohanna Sep 29, 2019

Another solid thriller from an increasingly reliable author. Riley Sagar strikes a good balance between honoring some of my favorite horror tropes while still adding his own new and interesting elements. The setting, a gorgeously creepy gothic apartment building, feels vaguely familiar and delightfully sinister. I found it easy to get emotionally invested in Jules, who does her best to remain strong and curious despite the various traumas she's survived. The plot gets a bit absurd at times and I occasionally found myself despairing at the scientific flaws, but that's all part of the fun of picking up a horror story!

Sep 26, 2019

So, so incredibly disappointed in this book! Which sucks, because I was very much looking forward to it!! I think the author tried a modern day spin on The Sentinel/Rosemary's Baby &
and failed.It was, for me, hugely sophomoric (especially for a seasoned author) and very anticlimactic . What a bummer!! Hopefully, better luck next time???

MGBustillo Sep 25, 2019

Sager has hit another suspense thriller out of the park with this high rise Gothic building providing the perfect setting. From the start its a "Who, What, and Why" kind of mystery as Jules moves into a famous building with a long list of rules and a wicked set of characters. When things go sideways she finds herself trying to lock every door.

Aug 20, 2019


1. Some of Sager's best character work, by far. Greta is especially a memorable character and her relationship with Jules is a fascinating dynamic to read.

2. The friendships between the women in this book were also wonderfully drawn out. And either Sager or his editor finally clued in to how straight women typically don't ogle other women's breasts in a sexual manner, because Jules reads like an actual straight woman and there are no instances of male gaze in this book, whereas there have been in his previous two.

3. The portrayal of poverty is spot on, to the point where either Sager has experience in it or read extensively on it and was able to write about it believably.

4. Like any of Sager's work, it's compulsively readable, not only because you want to find out what happens but because it's well written and easy to pick back up.


1. The mystery itself, in contrast, was not some of Sager's finer work. I had it figured out more than halfway through, to the point where I was waiting for the other reveal to come -- you know, the whole "you thought it was THIS but it was actually THIS that was happening."

That... did not happen. And looking back on it, I'm not sure why Jules fell for the red herring instead of coming to the more logical conclusion.

But in the end, the pros outnumber the cons, and this isn't enough to make me quit Sager's work at all. If I want a good psychological thriller I can read in a couple of days, I always know he's a good bet.

Jul 27, 2019

If Get out and American Horror story:hotel had a baby...this is it....great book....loveeddd iiitttt....Riley sager is an amazing author.....I can't wait for the next book.....look forward to it #readthisbookfolks
Just experience it for yourselves!!!!!!

debwalker Jun 25, 2019

"A young woman gets a job house sitting in one of New York's oldest and most glamorous apartments. A slow-burn full of twists and turns and a shocking conclusion. For readers who enjoyed The Wife Between Us and The Woman in the Window." --Megan Alabaugh, Rocky River Public Library, Rocky River, Ohio

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