Lock Every Door

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Riley Sager
Nov 17, 2021

Jules came to New York City with big dreams and hope for the future. But now that her funds have been depleted, she is desperate for any source of income. Luckily, the perfect opportunity presents itself — Jules is offered a job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of the most glamorous yet mysterious buildings in the city, for an exorbitant amount of money. However, a set of strange rules are given to her when she accepts the job, and as other apartment sitters start going missing, it becomes clear that there’s something more sinister behind the building’s famed residents and illustrious history.

I really wanted to love this book. The premise was so exciting, and I was looking forward to a fast-paced book that I wouldn’t be able to put down. However, this book fell short of my expectations. The story was set up nicely in the first half or so, but there was next to no payoff at the end, and some of the plot threads explored in the book were completely absurd. In addition, most of the characters had no depth. For example, one of the main antagonists was simply presented as a purely evil character with no motivations other than just being bad for the sake of being bad. This lent an almost cartoonish quality to the character, and it made the story a lot less believable as well. Overall, this book was really nothing special, and I would encourage those who read thrillers for the actual thrill to seek out something else instead.

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