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“Move over, Rosemary's Baby, urban paranoia has a deliciously Gothic new address.”
“The Bartholomew is an apartment building of terrifying secrets. You'll find startling twists and alarming surprises down every dark hallway. It's too late to lock the doors—the horror is already inside. My favorite thriller of the year!”
—R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps
“[A] tightly plotted suspense story.”
—New York Times Book Review
“The author, writing under a pen name, relates ominous events and spooky developments with skill, adding an element of social commentary and a surprise twist ending—elevating this exercise in terror above the ordinary shocker.”
—Wall Street Journal
“If you like your thrillers with a dash of horror, you’ll love Riley Sager’s latest novel Lock Every Door, which feels eerily similar to Rosemary’s Baby (emphasis on the eerie) but with a broke millennial twist… Lock Every Door is suspenseful with twists you won’t see coming.”
—BuzzFeed, "The Best Thrillers of 2019"
“This obsessive read invites readers in for spine-tingling fun.”
“Riley Sager takes readers on a roller coaster ride where you will have just enough time to catch your breath before the next big twist hits you. . . . This novel continues Sager's streak of providing a fresh and original voice to the world of psychological thrillers.”
“Dedicated to Ira Levin, the prophetically titled Lock Every Door builds to a devastating finale that is more chilling and believable than Rosemary giving birth to the son of Satan. Sager uses the darkening atmosphere and the tiniest thing that goes bump in the night for the utmost terror.”
“In short, Lock Every Door is a superb balancing act: a psychological suspense novel that walks the (very fine) line between ode to classic horror and inventive, modern-day suspense story all its own.”
—Crime by the Book
“[A] beloved thriller writer.”
—Bustle, “27 New Books Out in July 2019 to Get You Through the Sweaty Days of Summer”
“Sager fans and new readers alike will enjoy this heart-pounding thriller that cleverly weaves economic anxiety with something a whole lot darker. Jules must face the demons in the woodwork and in the world around her if she is to have any hope of a future. Because, ultimately, locking every door won’t keep the terror away if the terror is locked in there with you.”
—New York Journal of Books
“A compulsively readable thriller . . . Fans of Ira Levin, to whom the book is dedicated, will be delighted by Sager’s clever variation on a typical Levin plot.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sager (Final Girls) delivers a psychological, creepy, and unputdownable thriller. . . . . Likable characters, great writing, just enough twists, and a Rosemary’s Baby vibe will make this a summer hit. Purchase for Stephen King and Gillian Flynn fans.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“[A] nightmarish thriller set against the backdrop of a Manhattan fairy tale.”
“All those sunny summer afternoons could use a little darkness. For a poolside thriller, check out Riley Sager's Lock Every Door.”
—Good Housekeeping, “25 Best New Books for Summer 2019”
“Ready for another Riley Sager thriller? The Final Girls author's latest, Lock Every Door, is a twisted, heart-pounding ride.”
“Sager’s compulsive thrillers have become a highlight of the summer season, and Lock Every Door might well be the best yet.”
—CrimeReads, “Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer”
“Sager’s third reinterpretation of iconic horror themes (following The Last Time I Lied, 2018) is an utterly riveting thriller that melds Rosemary’s Baby with Sager’s masterful storytelling.”
“Super eerie, this heart-pounding thriller from Riley Sager is sure to be another bestseller.”
—Bookstr, “8 Thrillers for Your Beach Bag This Summer”
“Riley Sager's Lock Every Door is a modern nightmare . . . breathtaking thriller."
—PopSugar, “13 Thrillers that Are Perfect for a Chilly Fall Night"
“Lock Every Door is Riley Sager’s best book yet. Unrelentingly eerie and supremely stylish, this book had me in its grip from the first page until its shockingly twisted conclusion.”
—Cristina Alger, bestselling author of The Banker's Wife
“Lock Every Door is a gem: fast-paced, crisp writing, stellar character development. Riley Sager's best book yet!”
—Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of In Her Bones
About the Author
- Publication Date : July 2, 2019
- File Size : 2571 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 381 pages
- Publisher : Dutton (July 2, 2019)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07J4719TX
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,348 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m pretty sure all of you know that I’m a Riley Sager superfan so this book has been on my radar FOREVER.
Seriously, I camped out on @netgalley when I heard that e-ARCs were available.
First of all, Sager’s writing just SUCKS me in. With all of his novels (okay, just the three...) I was captivated by page 10. This was no exception. The synopsis already intrigued me, but once I got into the first couple of chapters-I couldn’t put it down.
The characters were obvious yet still mysterious. I wanted to shake Jules (the main character) and yell DUDE, RUN! As for the others, you know they’re all playing a part- you just don’t know what it is.
Now on to the plot- as in all Sager books expect a major plot twist. So again, you know it’s coming and everything ‘clicks’ and you’re left thinking ‘HOW DID I MISS THAT!?’ But then within the last couple of chapters everything is explained and it makes so much more sense than your original theory.
The premise of this one infuriated me. Like seriously how the hell could they get away with that for so long!? At the end, I totally backed Jules decisions.
It’s also the first of Sager’s three books that felt ‘real’ to me (I was a house sitter for a while). Like Final Girls and The Last Time I Lied was of course thrilling and suspenseful, but Lock Every Door actually gave me chills.
So The Last Time I Lied is still my favorite, but Lock Every Door is great and an awesome read.
Jules has had a string of bad luck, starting with getting laid off from her job, followed by discovering her live-in boyfriend banging another woman. She ends up near penniless, sleeping on her BFF's sofa until she finds a classified ad for an apartment sitter. $12,000 to occupy a luxury apartment in the Bartholomew—a New York high society landmark—for three months. It sounds too good to be true, especially given the building is the fairy-tale setting of a novel that bound Jules and her sister as teens.
The rules are bizarre. Among other things, no visitors and no sharing any information about the residents who live in the Bartholomew, but Jules is too desparate to give them a second thought. Not long after she's in the apartment, more luxurious than she could have imagined, she realizes something is not quite right. Previous "apartment sitters" have gone missing, one of the current sitters hints all is not as it seems, and the woman who wrote the novel she and her sister loved as teens is—surprise!—a resident.
The "big reveal" is a blind-side from left field, nothing I would have ever seen coming. Sager uses history, both fake and real to weave a tale that feels urgent and present-day as well as dusty with the footprints of a faded yesteryear. An intoxicating tapestry every bit as formidable as the bizarre wallpaper in Jules apartment in the Bartholomew. Extra points for the atmospheric use of the building's gargoyles. Superb!
Top reviews from other countries
I really like the setting of the building which I can imagine clearly as I’ve done the tourist thing of gawping at The Dakota. The atmosphere builds up well with the building at the core with some interesting occupants. For the most part I engaged with the storyline and as weird events occur the suspense builds. However, I think it starts to unravel and becomes silly and I didn’t buy into the conclusion. Will I read another by this author?? Hmmm, I don’t know.
I think I was around 2/3rds of the way through when it got a bit interesting.
It wasn't a bad story, I think I had higher expectations, based off of reviews from others. So it was a let down overall, but I didn't hate it.
So it got a bit interesting, for a while, then a little disappointing when it turned out to not be going down the line of what they first made out...
Gah, it's hard to explain without giving anything away!
It's not a book I'll be activity recommending to others. There's much better thriller books to choose from.
I think that Riley Sager is fast becoming one of my must-read authors. I loved Last Time I Lied and this one, although not quite as good, is still a great read. Slow to start, it soon moves into a fast-paced adrenaline ride. Recommended if you like thrillers that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Thanks to NetGalley and publishers Random House UK, Ebury Publishing/Ebury Press, for the opportunity to read an ARC. I am voluntarily giving an honest review.