Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

42368604._SY475_Primary Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Published: 2 Jul 2019 by Dutton Books
Page count: 371
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Pink
Pacing: Slow
Ending: Ugh
Would I recommend it: Not really
Commission Link: Buy on Amazon

My rating: ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis from Goodreads
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.

My Thoughts
Bummer! I had high hopes that this one would be a fun, thrilling read, but it really was just okay for me. Here are my pros and cons about this book:


  1. Premise was promising. The synopsis was intriguing.
  2. I didn’t flat out hate it.


  1. Too slow. So much of the book just had Jules wandering around being nosy, being annoying and not accomplishing much. And sadly, all that slow plodding didn’t even result in any real character development in my opinion.
  2. While the pacing was too slow in my opinion, I was at least mildly intrigued to figure out what the story was building up to… but then HUH? Super disappointed in the ending.
  3. This book didn’t seem to know it if wanted to be ghost story, a horror story, an occult story… it hinted at each of them, but ultimately, the direction the story went was just such a letdown. I was expecting something entirely different and felt very disappointed.
  4. No way multiple apartment sitters would “go missing” from this hotel and no one would notice it. At least some of them would have had friends even if they didn’t have family. Super unrealistic.
  5. The attempt to make The Bartholomew itself feel creepy even fell flat to me. Just talking about some weird wallpaper and gargoyles wasn’t enough to generate a creepy atmosphere in my opinion.
  6. The book title seems super unrelated to the story I read.
  7. The epilogue (“Six months later…”) droned on and on and on and on and on and on…

I guess this is a great example to prove my blog’s tagline – No one ever reads the same book! – because this book clearly didn’t have the same impact for me as it did for the almost 5000 Goodreads’ readers that gave this book an average of 4.16 stars! I found this story to be only mildly interesting – it was just okay. So much of it felt disconnected, erratic, unrealistic and forced. It wasn’t gripping or thrilling at all. My opinion is clearly in the minority – but that is okay.

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5 thoughts on “Lock Every Door by Riley Sager ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. That is absolutely 110% true, no one reads the same book!!!! Every now & then I’ll read a very popular, highly rated book and then feel the same way you do right now!! This is on order at my local library (they had only ordered large print at first) and I’m 5th in line when it comes in so I’ll see what I think about this one in a few months!

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  2. I’ve had the same experience when reading books from my chosen genre – there’s a lot of paranormal romance dross out there that weirdly gets 4 or 5 stars! 😉

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