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Lock every door - Book review

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Published on July 2nd, 2019

Genre: Mystery, fiction, thriller, psychological thriller

Pages: 381

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

During the holy month of love and romance, I decided to only read thrillers. I found out after reading The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides that I needed the genre back in my life and I needed it hard.

So here’s my review of 1 out of the 3 thrillers I read in February:

I read great reviews about Riley Sagers’ novels and was tempted to give this book, in particular, a try because of the first part of its summary...


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 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.

... But to my biggest fear, I join the “unpopular opinion reviewers” on this one. I thought this book was a slow burn read and I didn’t sense the thriller vibe I enjoy so much. I carried on reading even if I wanted to stop so many times, I had a hard time moving past the implausibility of the story. The main character, Jules, keeps ignoring every sign of danger and becomes so easily and quickly invested into the lives of complete strangers...

Overall I think it’s an okay thriller, but the last little bit is very suspenseful and extremely unexpected (although it reminded of a movie I can’t tell you about without the risk of you figuring out how the book ends).

I will still check out other books by the author.

Disclaimer: This book has been enjoyed by so many people, so please don’t let my review stop you from reading it as I’m sure if you enjoy reading thrillers you’ll like this book.

Let me wrap up this post by sharing my favorite quotes from the book:

Sometimes you have to walk away from the fight in order to win it.

You’re a sacrificer. I don’t even know if that’s a real word, but that’s what you are. You do things you don’t want to do to make life better for the people around you. Like being the designated driver. That doesn’t make you boring. It makes you a hero.

Sometimes when we’re alone, he looks at me in a way that makes me feel empty when he looks away.”

I don’t understand how my body can be full of everything bodies are full of—bones and muscles and blood and organs—yet my chest sometimes feels vacant, as if someone could scream into my mouth and it would echo inside of me.


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