Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 384 pages
Audiobook Length: 10 hours and 26 minutes
First Published: 2019
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After a recent breakup, Jules Larsen accepts a house-sitting job at an exclusive Manhattan building, the Bartholomew. Her conditions: she can’t have visitors, must stay at the apartment every night, and must leave the neighbors alone. When another house sitter disappears, Jules begins to wonder if the ghost stories about the Bartholomew are true and if she might be next. Although it had a good twist, Lock Every Door developed too slowly for my taste and I struggled to engage with the characters. In all, it was a middle-of-the-road thriller that doesn’t stand up to his latest books.
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 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 sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers 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.
About Riley Sager
Riley Sager is the pseudonym of Todd Ritter, a former journalist. Under the name Riley Sager, he is the author of six novels: Final Girls, The Only One Left, The Last Time I Lied, Lock Every Door, Home Before Dark, The House Across the Lake, and Survive the Night. He currently lives in Princeton, New Jersey Visit the author’s website →