Saturday, October 5, 2019

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

I know...I am really late to the party on this one. Better late than never right?! What in the actual hell is going on at The Bartholomew? For the next 3 months this is home.........12A...home, hell, you decide!

Seriously, people there is some crazy stuff going on here. This was my second book by Sager (Final Girls is here begging to be read) and he is a master of atmospheric writing. Last time he took me to camp but this time we were on a dream trip to Manhattan! Not only Manhattan but the most prestigious building in the city- The Bartholomew.

I don't really know how to explain it, but this book really creeped me out. It was the perfect kick off for October for me as it just "felt" like a fall read. I can honestly say I had a feeling of anxiety the entire time I was reading this - it was like I was waiting for the other shoe to drop..and then it did. What a weird, twisted ending! Good thing I like weird and twisted endings! I was a very happy reader as I closed up this book. Enough about me, let's get on to this book!

Jules Larsen is having a bad week. She found out her live in boyfriend is cheating on her, she lost her job and she essentially had to move out of her apartment. So how lucky was it when she stumbled on an ad for an apartment sitter in Manhattan? What a lucky girl she is........until she is not....well I have heard of money making the world go around but wow! Wait until you meet the likes of the residents of The Bartholomew. It is almost like you need to be born into that building. It is so prestigious that it is hard to even buy an apartment there, it usually needs to be "willed" to you.

As Jules  starts to feel isolated by the "rules" of the building- no visitors, no nights spent away from the building. She finds herself looking to the fellow residents for some human interaction. Good thing she has a gorgeous, friendly doctor living right next door. Is it just the isolation that is getting to her and she is slowly losing it? Or are the rumors true? Perhaps Jules will never get to leave?

I loved so much about this book...but especially the history of The Bartholomew had me riveted. It had a gothic feel and I wondered what kind of dark creepy stuff had really taken place between those walls. Were the residents just private because they were rich and entitled? Sooooo creepy but the details drew me in and would not let go. I never in a million years would have foreseen the ending of this book. Some things you can't keep out, even if you do lock every door!

Thank you so much to Peguin / Dutton for this ARC!

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