Andrea reviews LOCK EVERY DOOR by RIley Sager, Dutton, 2019.
Jules Larsen has not had the easiest life by any stretch of the imagination. Her beloved older sister, Jane, disappeared into thin air when Jules was seventeen. Then when she was 19, both of parents died in a house fire. Now at age 25, she recently moved out of her boyfriend’s apartment after finding him with someone else. This was, of course, the day she was let go from her poorly-paid office grunt job. (But, hey! At least she was able to cover her half of the rent!)
Stumbling upon a newspaper ad for an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew seems like a dream. But the rules turn out to be a nightmare! “No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both.” Jules thinks she can follow these rules, especially since she will be paid $1,000 a week to stay in one of the oldest, most glamorous, most historical apartment buildings in New York.
When Ingrid, one of the other apartment sitters, goes missing, Jules is compelled to find her and discover what is behind the Bartholomew’s mysterious facade. After realizing what is really going on with the older, permanent residents, Jules realizes no amount of money is worth keeping her mouth shut.
This is an eerie story where the rumor is author Sager fashioned the Bartholomew much like the Dakota apartment building in Ira Levin’s classic, Rosemary’s Baby. Combining old fashioned horror with modern twists and turns, readers won’t be able to put down this novel. In fact, I finished it in two days. Give LOCK EVERY DOOR a spin- you won’t be disappointed!