Blurb (as on 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.
‘Lock Every Door’ is more than the byline I chose for this post. Jules is apartment sitting this stunning apartment called The Bartholomew. Its architectural beauty, with gargoyles, carvings and inscriptions are sure to make your eyes go wide. And Jules, an orphan signs up for this opportunity because it pays a lot more money than she can make in a few months working in an office.
While she tries to settle in, her conscience keeps warning her of a possible danger that might be lurking behind sophisticated and privacy loving neighbors and servant quarter-turned apartments. Jules meets the author of her favorite book-Greta Manville, who strikes as someone reserved and rude. The other neighbors are not exactly chatty but at least, they are welcoming. She also develops a flirting relationship with Nick, a surgeon, and her next-door neighbor.
When Ingrid, another apartment sitter runs away after a scream Jules heard right from her apartment, she struggles to find her whereabouts. And thus unfolds a mystery that is chilling to the bone and extremely unsettling.
The dark, nail-biting atmosphere that the author creates withing a building and among the few characters is the key highlight of the story. Many a time I had to discontinue reading because I was scared out of my wits and couldn’t read further without wondering if someone was watching me (which isn’t exactly possible but well).
The tone switches from excitement to nervous trembling and gory in an engrossing and fluid manner, making this an unputdownable book. Sager’s mysteries suck you in and this was exactly that.
‘Lock Every Door’ is as thrilling as it gets. Heritage buildings with a deadly and gruesome past, cults with strange beliefs, rich society privileges and misleading characters come together in this murky mystery novel.
*Thank you Netgalley and Ebury Books for the e-ARC. All opinions are my own*