A thriller about a woman given a unique housesitting opportunity that turns out to be anything but a dream.
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Riley Sager has been an author whose work has either been a hit or a miss for me. I absolutely adored Final Girls but found Last Time I Lied to be lacking. Nevertheless, I was excited to see what new story he would come up with, as the premise of all of his novels has always been extremely unique!
Lock Every Door
Published June 2, 2019 by Dutton
Data from Goodreads
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
The Pros: What worked for me
- In the beginning, I was really drawn to this novel. It had a very eerie atmosphere and I loved the creepy factor. The story gained quite a lot of traction and I was intrigued: what direction would the author go with this story?
- I had some things pegged and I got really excited by the mention of (Click to reveal spoiler) satanic cults… this would have been a very different style from this author than what I had seen previously.
The Cons: What I didn’t like
- Is it bad that I didn’t like the main character? She was just so … bland. And also not very smart. It really took forever for her to piece together that things might not be right in her new place. And I just can’t stand that.
- The twist, when it happened, was something I wasn’t really expecting but it felt lackluster to me because of its delivery. The entire novel had been written so well, slowly revealing things for the reader but then at the end, it was all ruined by the author just revealing everything to me. It was like a bad movie where the villain just reveals the whole plot to the victim. I went from this state of anticipation to just a simple “oh” moment, which was disappointing.
For a thriller, it was decent but the ending let me down a bit. It was just too nicely wrapped up, and lost its traction. I guess at the end of the day this novel just failed to thrill me. For those reasons, I’m giving it 2.5/5 stars.