The Palmers Review: Lock Every Door

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By Riley Sager
 381 pages
Published July 2, 2019
Dutton Books
 Source: Library

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.

Riley Sager never fails to write a book I absolutely cannot put down! This one pulled em in from the start! At first, everything seemed relatively "normal" and that's what freaked me out--what's REALLY going on here? Because I was so intrigued, I flew through the pages. Then when things got weird and creepy, I flew through the pages even faster. I read this book in just over 24 hours, and would have finished it sooner if not for having to work.

Also, I did NOT see that ending coming!! Throughout the book I had a few guesses as to what was going on and all of them were WRONG! While not my favorite of Sager's books (Home Before Dark is my fave) I definitely recommend it!  I've read all but one of Riley's books (only Final Girls left to go) and it's safe to say he is now an auto-buy author for me. Which is pretty crazy, since Book of the Month categorizes him as the horror genre--I'd label it more thriller.

My husband Isaac also read and reviewed this book:

Let me start off by saying that I am not a big reader.  I takes me a long time to find authors that I like and stories that can real me in and grasp my attention.  This is the second Riley Sager book I have read this year.  This author has no problem grabbing my attention.  The level of creativity in plot lines is astounding.  After reading this book I just sit and think, “Where do they think up ideas like this!!”

The book sinks its teeth into you right from the start.  It left me at the end of each chapter saying, “I have to know what happens next” which would lead to me reading until the wee hours of morning sometimes which as stated above is not normal for me.  As I read on and becoming more immersed in this story then come plot twists that are always unexpected.  Riley is great at these!  Things I could have never guessed, and this book did not disappoint.  I would highly recommend reading this book as soon as you have the chance.



  1. Love the idea of unexpected twists. I'm horrible with thrillers because I'm rarely surprised. I'll see if I can get this on audio.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth


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