Lock Every Door by Riley Sager | Not the most gripping thriller!

My first book by Riley Sage, «Lock Every Door» was a very entertaining way of getting to know the author’s style, and plunge myself into the mystery of one of the most luxurious buildings in Manhattan. 

Was I expecting a little more thrills? Yes.

Was I disappointed by the unbelievable plot twists? Slightly.

goodreads blurb:

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.


Thank you NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK – Ebury Publishing for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.

When someone offers you a place to stay plus pay you money to stay at that place, you immediately know that it smells fishy. But Jules is desperate and she needs to get herself on her feet again, after being laid off at work and an ugly break up with her long-term boyfriend.


1 – «Lock Every Door» is a perfect book to bring on vacation. Thrilling plot and easy-to-read writing style make it the ultimate page-turner for those long hours at the beach or by the pool. I read this during the reading rush week in just over 4 hours.

2 – The plot was structured very well from the very beginning, Riley Sager dropped hints here and there with a big reveal at the end. I didn’t foresee any of the major plot twists, but I wasn’t massively surprised by them either. That’s why I gave this book a three-star rating. While the whole atmosphere created by the story was somewhat chilling, the twists didn’t have that huge impact, as they normally do.


1 – Okay, I’m a huge fan of “now and then” plot style, but in «Lock Every Door» it wasn’t done that well. The “then” points were very scarce. The first “then” chapter got me intrigued and excited to figure out what happened, but as the story progressed there weren’t many of them (maybe 5-6 throughout the whole book), and they were also very short, I presume to avoid the spoilers.   

2 – Do you know that feeling, when watching horror movies, that you want to scream at the main character for stop being stupid and going outside ALONE. IN THE DARK. WITH KILLERS ROAMING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD.? That’s how I often felt while reading «Lock Every Door». This wasn’t solely because of reckless moves the characters decided to pursue, but also because at points, the story felt a little bit too mystical for my liking, which took away the thrills. I can’t be scared of something I don’t believe in, can I? 

My rating:

Overall, I loved my first experience of Riley Sager book, I might not go out of my way to pick up any of his previous works, but I’m definitely staying alert for her new releases! 



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