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.
I can absolutely relate to Jules because I am in my twenties and always looking for different ways to bring in more money. The difference between Jules and I is that once I heard the extensive list of rules, I probably would have left. Jules did not do her research before agreeing to be an apartment sitter, but I definitely would have. The deal just seemed too good to be true: $12,000 for three months of apartment sitting! Riley Sager had me hooked from the first few pages because I definitely wanted to what could possibly go wrong in a building where everyone supposedly keeps to themselves.
I don’t want to give away too much of the plot away, but just know that this is definitely a page turner. It does start off a bit slow, but it’s the right amount of action going on that makes you want to keep reading. Of course everything is not revealed until the end, but the author’s writing style kept me interested. The book begins in present day, but goes back to when Jules moves into the apartment. At first I though Jules’ best friend was being overly cautious, but the more I read I realized the Bartholomew was very different. I did not expect the ending and actually really enjoyed where Riley Sager took this book. I’m glad we got to know Jules on a more personal level while she stayed at the Bartholomew. I also enjoyed the way each character tied into the plot.
Lock Every Door is well written and I definitely recommend it. I will be going to buy Riley Sager’s other two books as well.