Lock Every Door by Riley Sager (Review by Varun F. ’24)

Lock Every DoorLock Every Door by Riley Sager
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager is a gothic thriller which follows Jules Larsen, who takes up a job apartment-sitting at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most mysterious buildings, after she has lost her job and boyfriend. Jules investigates the disappearance of fellow apartment sitter Ingrid and discovers the secrets of the Bartholomew.

While I normally don’t read many thrillers, this book kept me on the edge of my seat for the entirety of it with its suspenseful scenes and made me properly terrified of old buildings. The characters are likable (for the most part) and Jules is a well-developed protagonist, but the book utilizes many clichés, and I often find myself doubting the sanity of some of the characters due to their truly abysmal decisions.

Even with these flaws, I still enjoyed the majority of the plot, and Riley Sager’s writing was brilliant. The mysterious and eery tone of this book worked hand in hand with the well-thought-out plot. So, if you’re a thriller fan or just in need of a good read, I highly recommend this book for you! –Review by Varun F. ’24

For those who enjoyed this book, Varun has recommended Home Before Dark and Mexican Gothic for you to check out!

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