Never take anything you haven’t earned, my father used to say. You always end up paying for it one way or another.


TITLE : Lock every door

AUTHOR : Riley Sager

GENRE : Adult Fiction/ Thriller/ Mystery/ Suspense/ Horror

FBRC RATING : 5 stars


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. 


Riley Sager with Lock Every Door has managed to bring out one of the best bone-chilling, pulse-pounding books I have read. This book with its high-level suspense and tension captured me from the very first page. I loved this book with all of its over-the-top crazy plot and the heart-pounding moments I endured with our protagonist Jules.

Lock every door is scary, gripping and entertaining with it’s twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I loved how desperateness of the characters led them to make really unwise and unrealistic choices. If it wasn’t for the desperation and hopelessness in life the story wouldn’t have gone the way it did.

Jules is an orphan who has had a hard time in her life. She feels unloved and unworthy in her life. She loses her job and her boyfriend the same day, which makes things really difficult for her. She decides to stay at her friend Chloe’s house for the time being. Finding an apartment sitter job listing, she decides to check it out.

Bartholomew is an old building that has a special place in Jules’s heart. Her childhood is associated with the place and she cannot believe her luck when she is offered an insane amount of money to just house-sit the apartment. Despite the strict and strange rules she decides to take up the job. Her financial situation is dire and the conditions to work at Bartholomew is ideal for someone who is single and unattached. The job and the situation are too good to be true.

Chloe warns Jules of the history the place had and all the rumors attached to the place. Jules doesn’t want to believe them and shrugs them off as people trying to create controversy due to the secrecy attached to the place. Her stay starts off easy and then things start happening one by one.

The other sitter Ingrid goes missing and this spooks Jules which makes her question other things that are strange about the building. The more she asks questions the more the residents start to clam up. The place shrouded in secrecy and horror makes Jules fear for her life.

The story with its captivating storytelling managed to be equal parts horrifying and entertaining. I have to say I was impressed by the way the story by switching the present and past instances weaved so beautifully to bring out an engrossing thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seats.

I don’t want to talk more about this book. This book will keep you entertained and engaged to the end with the suspense and the thrill the plot gives you. Lock every door is a scary, horrifying and hair-raising story in the best of ways.

I definitely recommend this to everyone who loves a good horror/thriller. It’s gripping and mind-blowing and the insanity of the characters is worth reading and experiencing. The characters will leave you stunned and in disbelief over their action. A 5-star spine-chilling read for sure.

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