I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Lock Every Door by Riley Sager, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! To see the full schedule, go HERE! On this part of the tour, I’ll also post a playlist that I feel captured my experience reading this book, so check it out and let me know what you think!
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.
Thank you so much to Netgalley and Dutton for providing a free eGalley of this book for this review! Thank you also to Fantastic Flying Book Club for hosting this blog tour and allowing me to be a part of it. I had an amazing time and was so thankful to read this book.
Now on to the real review.
I personally was a little hesitant to read this one because it was classified as “horror” and for me that means supernatural killings and just scary stuff. Well, thank goodness that’s not what happened, although I will say that it was definitely a thriller, and one that I was not expecting to like as much as I did.
I related so much to the main character Jules because of everything that she had gone through. Yes, a lot of what she did go through before this point was pretty extreme and something that I can’t relate to, but the other things like drowning in debt and feeling like one little mistake is what cost her everything… Yeah I can relate to that. So I could totally understand why the opportunity to watch an apartment for $4000 a month was something she totally jumped on. I would have done the same. Being paid to live in this swanky apartment while getting paid a crap ton of money to do so? Sign me up. I mean she said it so eloquently.
Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.Jules
Then the rules came about. No visitors ever. No sleeping away from the apartment ever. No disturbing the residents. Didn’t seem too unreasonable, but the one question that started everything was interesting, and probably should have been the moment to question everything.
Would you consider yourself to be an inquisitive person?Leslie Evelyn during Jules’ interview process
From that moment, the clues start coming together and we are left to find out what really goes on behind the doors of the infamous Bartholomew.
There were parts of this journey where I wanted to shake Jules for being so obvious! If she was trying to figure out what happened to potential friend Ingrid, she could have at least done it subtlety, right? If she wanted to stay innocent to prying eyes, she definitely didn’t do it right. But I also understood, because when you have a sister that went missing years prior, and there’s still no word on whether or not she’s actually alive, you want to do everything in your power to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. Maybe that’s what she was thinking when she started digging into things she was told not to.
I read this book in the span of two days, staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish it because I had to know how it ended. While the story may seem to go in one direction, it twists you into a completely different one, and yet it all makes sense in the end. I was left feeling like I didn’t know who to trust, despite friendly appearances. I was trying to figure out what was going on myself, figure out what was it that made Jules and Ingrid and others to feel like something was “off” about the Bartholomew. Could the history of a building really make it seem off? I say yes, especially if that history isn’t as ancient as one thinks.
Sager did an amazing job at keeping me on the edge of my seat. I was waiting to be freaked out from the very beginning, and there were many times throughout the novel that I kept looking at the shadows around me, wondering if someone was watching me. I have a hyperactive imagination, and I just felt like something was going to go terribly wrong. I love it when books can take me out of my reality and I feel like I’m immersed in the story, and that’s what I felt when reading this. I highly recommend this to anyone that wants a thrill in their lives.
How awesome was this?! I had such an amazing time doing my very first blog tour and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. Another thing I get to do for this stop on the tour is share with you a playlist I made for Lock Every Door. Listen to my playlist here on Spotify.
- Ballin – Bibi Bourelly
- Heart of a Dreamer – Derrick Hodge
- Expectations – Lauren Jauregui
- New York City – The Chainsmokers
- Haunt – BANKS
- Game of Survival – Ruelle
- Abandoned. – Jinsang
- Remember Me (from COCO) – Gael Garcia Bernal, Gabriella Flores
- No Easy Way – Digital Daggers
- The Bells – Lowell
- Bartholomew – The Silent Comedy
- Make It out Alive – Jennifer Hall
- Kill Of The Night – Gin Wigmore
- Ouroboros – Trobar de Morte
- A Little Wicked – Valerie Broussard
- The Devil Within – Digital Daggers
- Burn it Down – Linkin Park
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Thank you so much for visiting! Today is the final day of the tour, and it was seriously a great one. Did you get to check out the rest of the posts? I know I did and I feel like I’m in the company of some amazing writers and people. Let me know what you thought of my review and my playlist. I had a lot of fun making it, using key words that popped out at me throughout the story and other feelings that Jules felt during her time in the Bartholomew. Until next time!