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.
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Lock Every Door
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Penguin Group Dutton
Release Date: 02 July 2019
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Broke, Homeless, & Needing a Fresh Start
Jules Larson just lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend, and is living with her best friend, Chloe. Already having a heartbreaking past, Jules needs a fresh start which comes through an ad in the paper for an apartment sitter at the famous Bartholomew in Manhattan. With a great pay but mysterious past, Jules is willing to do anything to get back on her feet.
Although Chloe is apprehensive, Jules takes the job and does her best to follow all the rules until a new friend and fellow apartment sitter goes missing.
As someone who is also twenty-five like Jules, I can understand the lengths she’s going when it comes to paying off debt and just getting by. For the most part, she’s a likable and relatable character. She sees some of the rules as absurd, as no visitors, but goes along with them, knowing it’s only three months. My only complaint about her is when she starts investigating, she’s breaking rules (which I don’t really care about) but is risking word getting around and I wish she was a bit more discreet.
But as days go by, strange occurrences makes Jules questions how much of the Bartholomew’s past is true and if history is repeating itself.
I had a great time trying to figure out the mystery of the story. Early on, you have your suspicions but aren’t sure what is actually going on. When Jules and another sitter start to get answers about a past sitter disappearing, that’s when the story starts to pick up and situations become even tenser.
You don’t know who to trust or what their motivations are and when Chloe goes away for a few days, you realize Jules literally has no one to go to, no one to call if something would happen.
This is my first book by Riley Sager but I’d love to read more of his stories. Jules is a good character, someone you can root for. After losing all of her family, Jules learns to depend on herself and it’s because of that, that she’s able to get through so much of what’s really going on at the Bartholomew. It’s that mystery that kept me reading: wanting to know the truth and why it’s happening.
If you’re looking for a good mystery with suspense and tension, I’d keep Lock Every Door in mind. If a book is able to make me actually tense up and unable to put it down, I’d very much recommend it.