Book Reviews

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Jules Larson’s life has hit a rough patch. Recently single, she has nowhere to live and is quickly discovering her career won’t allow her to continue her life in New York City. When she sees a job description for an apartment sitter in a high-profile and mysterious Manhattan building, she knows she has to check it out.

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. And no disturbing the elite residents. Just a few strange rules in order to get paid for living luxuriously for a few months. …is this too good to be true?

Jules quickly connects with Ingrid, the other apartment sitter in the building and she begins to reveal some dark moments about the apartment building. Jules isn’t too concerned until Ingrid goes missing. Jules begins to dig into the history and discovers Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing and there may be some truth to this building’s dark history.


This is the first Riley Sager book I’ve read and, phew, it pulled me in with a tight grip and did not let me go. I was so intrigued and attracted to the unique storyline in this thriller. I can completely understand why people love this author. 

I won’t sit here and say Lock Every Door is necessarily realistic or believable, but the suspense built up by Sager and the twist that is ultimately revealed is shocking! I enjoyed the timeline of the story and the way it was told. We have a shocking present tense opener and then we move backwards in time, with a few snippets of present here and there. It’s these types of methods that have readers (at least myself) furiously turning pages.

Ultimately, I liked this book and I think I might’ve discovered a new favorite thriller author. Sager is just so great at pulling you in and writing unique storylines and unpredictable endings. If you’re looking for a highly suspenseful book, pick up this one!

PUBLICATION DETAILS: Dutton; July 2nd, 2019; 1524745154; Fiction/Thriller