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Lock Every Door

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  61,886 ratings  ·  9,617 reviews
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 surr ...more
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Published July 2nd 2019 by Dutton
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dutton

"It certainly doesn't feel cursed. Or haunted. Or any other menacing label you could put on an apartment building. It's comfortable, spacious and, other than the wallpaper, nicely decorated. It's easy to see why Nick and Greta choose to live here. I would certainly stay longer than three months if I could afford to. Which makes it all the stranger that Ingrid chose to leave."

Muahahahaha. Mr. "Sager" has done it again folks. I'm always wary picking up the forecasted blockb
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
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Look at me reading all three books from this author within a month...

At the beginning I thought this was going to be my favorite book out of the three but the ending twist made it my least favorite.

An apartment sitting job with a very generous salary seems to good to be true for our main character. Mysterious residents, creepy wallpaper and disappearances...

Personally I felt like the way the main character was piecing things togeth
Jul 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: overdrive
Are you f*cking kidding me?!

Unpopular opinion below! I originally wrote a long and detailed review discussing all of my issues with this book. However, I don't want to ruin the experience for other readers who might enjoy this book, so I have cut it down to the main points below.

The Good: High level of tension and suspense.

The Bad: Everything else!

Overall: One big convoluted mess.

Believability: Nothing is believable. NOTHING.
The Protagonist: To put it kindly, she is not the brightest bulb.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read

After losing her job and live-in boyfriend all in one day, Jules needs a refresh.

Forced to crash on her best friend's couch until she can find a place of her own, she is absolutely desperate for a new start.

Determined to get back on her feet, no matter what it takes, Jules discovers an opportunity to do just that in a very traditional place: the Classifieds section.

The post reads: Apartment Sitter Wanted

The Bartholomew is one of the most prestigious apart
4.45/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺

I would like to thank NetGalley and Ebury Press (Fiction) for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review!


me: *has the constant anxiety of unlocked doors*

this book: "Lock Every Door"

me: :') that's my type of book :')


My first experience with Riley Sager’s books and I’m already a fan. As I’ve already said, I have the weird Romanian fear of unlocked doors. Simply every single door that has direct conta
j e w e l s
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
game-of-thrones-font You know what that means, don’t you?

Writer Riley Sager OWNS July. For the third year in a row, Sager is set to drop another stunning thriller in July. As a die-hard Sager fan, I’m here to tell you it may just be his best yet! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU. IN JULY.🎄

I don’t know how Riley Sager does it. Every book is better than his last! Lock Every Door is buttoned up tight and in ship shape, spic-n-span order for your thrilling pleasure!

As in Final Girls and The L
Holly  B
Is it over-the-top craziness?.... yep

Is it addictive and entertaining?... absolutely!

Did I feel like I was right next to Jules with my heart-pounding along with her?.... I was practically holding her hand!

Who is Jules, you might ask? She is the ever so curious protagonist who becomes an amateur sleuth when her stay at the ever so famous Bartholomew Apartment building begins to uncover its unsettling past. The buildings deep, dark secrets begin to surface, bubbling over. It's Gothic s
chan ☆
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing


this is the kind of shit i like. original, spooky, not about boring married people.

i read 13 thrillers in 13 days here's what happened
Holy shit this book was intense and creepy. This is my third time reading a thriller from Riley Sager, and wow this book is great, it's my new favorite.

This story follows this girl Jules who is desperate for a job when she stumbles upon this too good to be true opportunity to live in this glamorous apartment building in New York and they will pay her to be a tenant there. Except for the building is said to be cursed / haunted / shady. But she desperately needs the money and she’s always wanted t
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rules, Rules, Rules- YOU MUST OBEY THE RULES. They are simple rules really - do not disturb the other residents at the Bartholomew, no overnight visitors and you must spend every night in your apartment. With added questions thrown in about drinking, smoking, family, etc.

Reeling from a recent breakup, Jules has been sleeping on her best friend’s couch, when she sees the ad for an apartment sitter on Craigslist, she applies for the job. After answering some background questions, she is hired as a
Nilufer Ozmekik
Three lalalaa here comes unpopular review alarm, I can hear the ominous soundtrack in my head like Jaws’s approaching, nanana, disappointing, I got so excited, cleared my night to date with this book, but I didn’t like what I got at the end and my husband laughs at me when he is binge watching Stranger Things( at least one of us is happy) stars!!!

Oh boy, I usually love Riley Sager’s writing style. I enjoyed “ Final Girls” and literally devoured “Last time I lied” ( as soon as I finished I got m
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what i really appreciate about RSs writing is he knows how to create a thrilling story without inducing nightmares as a side-effect. i will totally own up to be a massive wimp, so i like the opportunity of being able to read a spooky story without my over-active imagination getting the best of me.

and although this didnt scare me, i did quietly whisper ‘what the heck?!’ so many times throughout this. i mean, the last third is so, so, so bizarre. thrilling, but bizarre. i dont even know how RS ca
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it

My thoughts in a nutshell
I had high hopes for this one, and it doesn't live up to my expectation. I'm not saying that it was a bad book, but it isn't a 5 stars read like his other book (The Last Time I Lied). I still like it.

The story is about…
Skip over this point if you don't like the sneak peek.
... an old apartment where strange things start to happen.
No visitors. Too strict rules. People have gone missing. It is a nightmare.
Jules Larsen's new job is in here. She will be an apartment sitt
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ho. Lee. Chit.

What a page-turner. I found myself awake until the sun came up, frantically turning the pages to get to the end because ...


I LOOOOOVED Final Girls. That may be because I have a special connection to it that I'm positive nobody cares about but either way, I thought it was superb.

I LIKED The Last Time I Lied.

I LOATHED everytime I had to pick up Lock Every Door.

Much like Sager's previous works, this is a slow burn, taking it's time leading you to a

ARC acquired at Book Expo in exchange for an honest review.

“The twelfth floor is special”

Lock Every Door is about a girl name Jules, who wakes up in a hospital after being hit by a car. She is twenty-five, recently single, and very much struggling with money. But then she gets an opportunity to apartment sit in a very rich and exclusive complex in Manhattan.

All of the floors in the apartment complex have four units, except for the twelfth floor, which only has two, and one of those
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a Riley Sager fan but I have to give it up this time.

Rosemary's Baby on an acid trip, this was one hell of a read!!
ELLIAS (elliasreads)


UPDATE : JULY 9th, 2019.


H O L Y S H I T.

It’s 5 AM.

I have to be up in a couple hours for work. But I don’t care. This book took a 180 turn and it was so unexpected and I loved it.

Full review to come.
Need sleep.

American Horror sounds just about right with this. 😉

Good night.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-reads, 2019, botm
Sometimes a dream come true can turn out to be your worst nightmare! 😱

This totally lived up to my expectations and the hype y'all! 🥰

I have been impatiently awaiting this book since I finished The Last Time I Lied (which I also loved!) last summer. Sager has become a summer staple for me and this book was without a doubt my most highly anticipated summer read. Thankfully, it did NOT disappoint. I devoured this book friends! I could not turn the pages fast enough. Sager always does such an am
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just when I’d given up hope on finding a fun summer thriller, along comes this book!

Jules is having a string of bad luck and finds herself without a home and job, little money in her bank account, and no family to lean on for support. She answers an ad for an apartment sitter at The Bartholomew, an exclusive luxurious apartment building in NYC. The pay to stay in this fancy apartment? $1K a week. She can’t believe her stroke of good luck when she is hired. Apparently Jules forgot the adage that
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Jules Larsen is down on her luck. She just lost her job and her boyfriend all in one day. Now, with no new jobs on the horizon, staying on her friends couch may be more permanent than she anticipated.

That is, until the opportunity of a lifetime falls into her lap! Stay at the Bartholomew apartment building in New York City. One of the most famous landmarks with a dark, mysterious history behind it. And…She’ll be paid twelve thousand dollars to apartment sit! Seriously! How could she say no!?

Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of creepy, mysterious thrillers with a twist
This has been, by far, my favorite Riley Sager book so far!

While some of the plot ended up being familiar from other stories I have seen/read, that is pretty normal for most books. Throughout novels these days, there are lot of retellings of similar plots lines, it just depends on how you tell it. In the case of this particular thrilling and creepy plot twist, I was quite impressed.

If I could sum up why this is a 5-star book in 1 sentence: I could not stop for the last 1/5 of this book.

Larry H
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars.

You know the old saying if it seems too good to be true, it probably is? Well, that's something that Jules Larsen should have thought of when she accepted an assignment as an apartment sitter at one of the oldest and most exclusive NYC apartment buildings, the Bartholomew.

Jules is between jobs and, because her relationship with her boyfriend just ended, between apartments. The Bartholomew was the setting of her favorite book from childhood, so the thought of living in those glamorous,
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it

A Bizarre, Boring, Bust :(

If this was to have chilled and thrilled me, it failed.

I just did not connect with this “Hunh?” storyline, which seemed to veer off in strange directions. One dimensional characters only added to my disappointment.

I enjoyed my first read by this author, “ The Last Time I Lied,” so maybe my expectations were too high.

If you are a big fan of this author, you may very well love this one. There are mixed reviews ... more glowing than not.

2.5 stars rounded up as I did want
Susanne  Strong
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
3.25 Stars.

Apartment Sitting Gone Wrong. Very Very Wrong.

Imagine, being given the opportunity to apartment sit, AND be paid for it. $4k a month for 3 months. In Manhattan. You heard that right! That’s $12k for 3 months. Sounds like a dream right? Except there’s a catch. Of course there is. There are rules. No guests. No leaving the apartment overnight. No taking photos of the place OR of you and posting them online. Oh and of course, the Bartholomew has a history. A bad history. Still intrigu
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read my first Riley Sager book! I read my first Riley Sager book! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Jules Larsen is an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, a big-deal property in Manhattan. Oh, and the Bartholomew is rather mysterious on top of it.

There are rules, though, and Jules is ok with them because she’s overwhelmed with the potential this job offers, as well as the beautiful building itself. The rules: nobody can visit. She has to spend every night there. She cannot “bother” any of the other residents.
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Riley Sager writes a wonderfully atmospheric, well plotted, compulsive chiller of a thriller with overtones of horror. Jules Larsen's life is a desperate mess, she no longer has a job or a home, is in dire financial straits and heartbroken after the end of a relationship. So when she is offered the opportunity to become an apartment sitter at the exclusive and gothic Bartholomew, the home of the rich and famous in Manhattan, she grabs it. So there are strict rules, no visitors, no sharing on soc ...more
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
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
Katie B
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I had high hopes for this one because I have liked the author's other novels and I honestly think this is his best one yet. I literally had an out loud "ha" type moment when everything was revealed towards the end. It was just this bizarre combination of being simple but yet clever. I really enjoyed this one and I hope others have fun with it as well.

Jules Larsen needs money so she accepts a job as an apartment sitter at the high-profile Bartholomew building in NYC. The pay is amazing
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like The Family Upstairs, I would have rated this a 3.5 if that was an option, but I increased it to a 4-star rating because I read it in one sitting - it was that interesting to me. Who doesn’t like good characters, plot twists, a little murder, some possible cult-ish behavior, a nod to AHS (I kept thinking of my favorite AHS character to date: JPM), and more? Well done.
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Melanie
3.5 stars I think. This was a pretty average thriller for the majority of the book, but the last little bit was REALLY good. Wasn't my favorite of Sager's thrillers but it definitely threw me for a loop!
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Riley Sager is the award-winning pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and international bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries.


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