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.
This was my first Riley Sager book and I can guarantee you that it won’t be my last. Do you love books that fall into the mystery/thriller-taking-place-in-a-possibly-haunted-but-definitely-elusive-and-creepy-old-NYC-apartment genre? Yeah, I didn’t know that genre was a thing either. BUT IT NEEDS TO BE.
I’ve never read a book that has so effectively cultivated a sense of place. The Bartholomew is just as much a character in this book as Jules, Ingrid, Nick, or Greta. The Bartholomew feels alive. It’s alluring and glamorous; it’s a living, breathing, beast that devours young, unattached women, never to be seen or heard from again.
You just know things are going to go south at any given minute, but like Jules, you’re drawn into the old-school, classic glamour of the Bartholomew and the gleam of its residents. It is un-put-downable and so. Much. Fun.
Sure, the story is compelling, but the real draw of LOCK EVERY DOOR is the brilliant atmosphere Sager creates.