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Insidious & Twisted: Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

This was such a confusing novel! But I liked it was that way so it could keep me guessing. Plus, the insidious feel to it made it very creepy and had me looking over my shoulder.

by Riley Sager
Genres: Mystery/Thriller
Publication Date: July 2nd 2019 by Dutton
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher via Netgalley

Rating: ★★★
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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.
This novel was slow. I didn't think much was really going on. It felt kind of loose? Like it was going nowhere. I was eh about it for most of the time. I almost DNF'd this one but I pushed through.

I did enjoy the missing girls plot, as well as the hidden hierarchy it presented. It definitely showed that when you're privileged, you'll get everything, but also, maybe not everything. Living in The Bartholomew meant you were basically somebody of status or an apartment sitter, who'd get paid thousands of dollars for living there. But it also meant following all of these rules that were difficult to uphold.

The characters were interesting and intriguing. We have Jules, who's the new apartment sitter; Ingrid, another apartment sitter and new friend of Jules; Dylan, another sitter who's kinda quiet; Nick, who's a surgeon who's lived in The Bartholomew all his life; Leslie, the manager and the one who enforces all of the crazy rules; Charlie, the doorman who's kinda friendly; Greta, an author who doesn't like to be bothered at all; Marianne, kind of upbeat and seems friendly. There are many others but these are the ones that play such big roles in this story.

Throughout the novel, I had no idea which character to trust so I was doubting every single one. It seemed like everyone had an ulterior motive. I actually liked that I couldn't rely on anyone. It kept my heart racing.

After half of the book, things picked up and I was very invested in wanting to figure out what was going on. The answer left me completely speechless, not knowing what to think, or how to process it all. Let me tell you, it was beyond twisted! Also, I was so beyond happy to see that some of the characters got exactly what they deserved.

The author introduced different topics in this novel that I appreciated. While this novel was a mystery in every angle, it introduced investigating grief in various ways and loneliness.

Lock Every Door is an insidious and twisted novel, filled with confusion. You'll feel like you're playing a game of guessing. It kept me entertained once it picked up. I just wish the book had been at a faster pace from the beginning since I just didn't care much for it.

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