2019 Reviews · Book club · contemporary fiction · crime · thriller

Book Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Title: Lock Every Doorlock every door small

Author: Riley Sager

Published: July 16th 2019

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Pages: 384

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Thriller

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4 stars

The next dark twisty thriller from the New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager


You’ve been offered a luxury apartment, rent free. The catch: you may not live long enough to enjoy it…

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents.
These are the only rules for Jules Larson’s new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings and home to the super rich and famous.

Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

Out of place among the extremely wealthy, Jules finds herself pulled toward other apartment sitter Ingrid. But 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 – but the next day, her new friend has vanished.

And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing…

Welcome to the Bartholomew…You may never leave.


Imagine you have hit rock bottom and you stumble upon an opportunity of a lifetime. For Jules Larson, a young woman who has lost so much, Bartholomew has a great deal to offer. This lucrative and luxurious residence, situated in high profile Manhattan, is the key to salvation and a touch closer to the wealthy. For Jules, it represents a new chance at life. Lock Every Door is the third novel from Riley Sager and this modern gothic tale with a twist will have you turning page after page, until you reach the propulsive conclusion of this gripping book.

Meet Jules Larson, a young woman who responds to an advertisement for a house sitter, based at the iconic Bartholomew building. One of Manhattan’s most well-known residences, it houses the upper class and the famous in this sumptuous abode. Jules can’t believe her luck when she is successful in obtaining a lucrative house sitter position. Heartbroken and jobless, Jules believes Bartholomew will help her to forget her painful past. Feeling like a fish out of water, Jules struggles with the wealth and entitlement of Bartholomew. Then she befriends Ingrid, another house sitter, but soon Ingrid reveals that Bartholomew is just a façade for some sinister happenings. Jules chooses to ignore this warning and when her new friend disappears she begins to question the safety of her new home. When Bartholomew starts to give up its secrets and dark past, Jules is put on high alert.

I have not one but two of Riley Sager’s novels on my tbr shelves. I came to Sager’s third and latest novel, Lock Every Door via book club. I’m so glad I was able to read Lock Every Door, it was a thrilling tale. I have to admit that I wasn’t quite sure where this novel was going to go until the major plot twist. It had hints of a possible cult, horror and supernatural narrative. However, the direction this novel ended up taking after the big plot twist made it very intriguing in my eyes. I can’t say too much about this, as I fear I would be venturing into spoiler territory. But it provided excellent fodder for our book club discussion!

Lock Every Door follows the story of Jules Larson. An instant feeling of sympathy washed over me when I first became acquainted with Jules. Her story is incredibly sad, with the loss of her family, career and boyfriend. Jules is at her lowest and most vulnerable point in her life when the Bartholomew apartment position becomes vacant. Sager illuminates the character of Jules well, along with the sub protagonists that fly in and out of this novel.

What I enjoyed most about Lock Every Door was the setting. It was very atmospheric and full of a strong sense of foreboding. Bartholomew is a building that sits between the old and new. It has all the modern trappings. Bartholomew is an opulent and sought after locale, inhabited by the wealthy upper class of Manhattan society.  With the spiral style staircases, deluxe carpets, top of the range kitchens and gargoyles, Bartholomew is prime real estate. When the door is opened to Jules, she can’t believe her luck, it is almost too good to be true. The tides begin to turn fairly quickly and the reader is thrown into a puzzling tale. With a dark history, screams in the night and suspect behaviour from the residents, this is one spine tingling story. Sager managed to dupe me until the big plot twist, which was great! I do like to be sent off-kilter by books. This is the sign of a well-crafted thriller.

Lock Every Door represents the second novel I have read recently from the modern gothic sub genre, which also taps into modern home technology and the psychological impact of living in these challenging abodes. With solid characterisation, a killer plot and a strong air of tension, Lock Every Door is a novel that I highly recommend to fans of well told mysteries, thrillers and suspense style books.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager was published on July 16th 2019 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Lock Every Door, Riley Sager, visit here.

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

  1. Sounds like my kind of read and I think April would enjoy this one too! At the moment she is reading an Anne Gracie book and loving it. Quite a few years ago she read a Mary Joe Putney book her first ever regency romance and has fallen in love with that genre, I’m stunned as she has only ever shown interest in horror and thriller books, oh, and the gothic style books.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This is definitely a book you would enjoy Sue. I would to hear what you think about the mystery.

      Wow, that is very different genre wise from the thriller/horror reads I know she enjoys. I’m glad April has found another author and genre to explore!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s