4 star reads - Courtney

(AudioBook) Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

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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.

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I adored Rileys last two books Final Girls and The Last Time I lied. Lock Every Door was good it just didn’t hold up for me like the other two did. I still give it 4 stars because I saw none of that coming, the ending = Mind Blown.

So, Sagers, last two books flip back and forth between when the kids were young at camp and then when they are older trying to figure out what happened. This one is completely different for sager. He wrote one about a woman getting paid to stay in what I would consider a Condo. He changed up his pattern, still thriller but he’s getting away from the camp setting which I admire.

Lock every Door centers around Jules who is honestly like the rest of us struggling day to day financially who just needs a break. When she finds out about the Batholomew and that she will get paid 12k to stay there and basically babysit the place, she takes it no questions asked. She has so many rules to follow and she cannot be away from the Bartholomew a night, which raises red flags, but she’s getting paid 12k.

Once her new friend Ingrid disappears after saying everything is not what it seems, Jules starts looking into the Bartholomews past and finds a very dark history. From there you are thrust into so many conspiracies as to what is happening at the Bartholomew and why sitters are disappearing.

Sagers Writing has never failed and throughout the book he honestly has me guessing, but I had an inclination of what would happen. I just didn’t realize it would be as big or dark. Sager is really good at having you think one thing and then completely changed the story on a dime and go a different way.

Overall I did enjoy Lock Every Door, I just didn’t find it as suspenseful as his others. The writing and plot were great, I just expected more thrill than I got. I can not wait to see what he writes next. He is easily one of my auto-buy authors and I love him.

Have you read Lock every Door? What did you think? Is it on your TBR?

Courtney 💕

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