Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Published by Penguin Audio on July 2, 2019
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
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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.
At first, Lock Every Door seemed to check off all my thriller boxes: creepy hotel! Down-on-her-luck character! Things that go bump in the night! And although I love a twisty story, the twist in this one just bummed me out. Ruth Ware lied to us when she compared this book to Rosemary’s Baby. This ain’t it.
Jules Larsen is recently out of a boyfriend and out of a job. So it’s just her luck when she finds an online ad for an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, a historic Manhattan hotel with a seemingly mythological past. Although the job has oddly strict rules—no nights away from the apartment, no visitors, and no disrupting the permanent residents—Jules doesn’t care. It’s the easiest money she’ll ever make and she can’t afford to be picky.
Jules soon becomes friends with fellow apartment sitter and free spirit Ingrid. But they don’t have much time to get to know each other before Ingrid disappears in the middle of the night. Jules is immediately suspicious, especially since she’s convinced she heard a scream just before Ingrid disappeared. Combine this with a set of clues left behind for Jules to discover, and she quickly realizes that the Bartholomew is more than a landmark: it’s a house of horrors.
I wanted to like this book so much, especially after hearing rave reviews about it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. The majority of the book was eerie enough to keep me guessing. The twist, however, was a major disappointment. Honestly, it left me bummed out more than anything else.
I didn’t love Final Girls by this author and after reading Lock Every Door, I think this author just isn’t for me. I wouldn’t recommend this for thriller fans, as the reveal is quite a letdown after such a creepy, initially promising buildup.
Rating: 2 stars