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.
I had something super funny but also freaky happen to me while I was reading this one. I was reading the passage where the main character is describing the dumbwaiter in her apartment and it just completely creeped me out.
Not to mention the artwork with the grotesque faces hidden in the flowers.
As I’m reading about how the character has recieved a note in the dumbwaiter (like what!!) from her downstairs neighbour I hear a giant crash in my living room. I jolted out of bed and grabbed a random decorating stick I had lying around in my bedroom.
I’ve got no clue how that would’ve aided me in an altercation with an intruder.
So I’m running down my hallway into the living room and I can see it’s dark because well, all the lights were off I was reading before bed time. So I flick the light on and I can see nobody is in my home but I can see my large bookcase has toppled over. 3 shelves have fallen through the back is completely ruined. So. RIP Hemnes bookcase I guess my books were too heavy for you. Welp.
I just had to share! After the fact it’s quite funny.
It took me a bit to get into Lock Every Door but once I was in IkeptWith Final Girls I had no idea what was happening so it was a bit more thrilling. Whereas I wasn’t as thrilled because I did guess the twitst in this one.
Almost immediately near the beginning of the book, it was bizzare.. but maybe not because I have been listening to the My Favourite Murder podcast. Karen & Georgia for the win!
I will say that Sager has a way of making me feel creeped out. Thoroughly. With both of his books I’ve gotten chills and needed to be around humans and not all alone in my creepy apartment. I unfortunately didn’t like this one as much as his first book so I had to settle on 3 stars. Really looking forward to reading the other book he has published, just haven’t gotten to it yet. And! I can’t wait for his future books! I hope he writes a slasher thriller next…eep!
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.**