Lock Every Door: A Novel (Hardcover)
Lock Every Door is a fun, heart-pounding thriller and a modern take on ghost stories like Rebecca and The Turn of the Screw. What unfolds is a convoluted tale that pits its down-on-her-luck hero, Jules, against the clock to try and uncover the truth.— From Rachael
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
One of . . .
Parade’s “Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019" • PureWow’s “The Best Beach Reads of Summer 2019” • BookBub’s “Books That Will Make the Perfect Addition to Your Beach Bag This Summer”
The next heart-pounding thriller from New York Times bestselling author Riley Sager follows a young woman whose new job apartment sitting in one of New York’s oldest and most glamorous buildings may cost more than it pays
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 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 sordid past and into the secrets kept within its walls. What she discovers 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.
About the Author
Lock Every Door is the third thriller from Riley Sager, the pseudonym of an author who lives in Princeton, New Jersey. Riley's first novel, Final Girls, was a national and international bestseller that has been published in more than two dozen countries, won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and is currently being developed into a feature film by Universal Pictures. Sager's second novel, The Last Time I Lied, was a New York Times bestseller.
Praise for Lock Every Door
“Move over, Rosemary's Baby, urban paranoia has a deliciously Gothic new address.”
“The Bartholomew is an apartment building of terrifying secrets. You'll find startling twists and alarming surprises down every dark hallway. It's too late to lock the doors—the horror is already inside. My favorite thriller of the year!”
—R. L. Stine, author of Goosebumps
“[A] tightly plotted suspense story.”
—New York Times Book Review
“The author, writing under a pen name, relates ominous events and spooky developments with skill, adding an element of social commentary and a surprise twist ending—elevating this exercise in terror above the ordinary shocker.”
—Wall Street Journal
“If you like your thrillers with a dash of horror, you’ll love Riley Sager’s latest novel Lock Every Door, which feels eerily similar to Rosemary’s Baby (emphasis on the eerie) but with a broke millennial twist… Lock Every Door is suspenseful with twists you won’t see coming.”
—BuzzFeed, "The Best Thrillers of 2019"
“This obsessive read invites readers in for spine-tingling fun.”
“Riley Sager takes readers on a roller coaster ride where you will have just enough time to catch your breath before the next big twist hits you. . . . This novel continues Sager's streak of providing a fresh and original voice to the world of psychological thrillers.”
“Dedicated to Ira Levin, the prophetically titled Lock Every Door builds to a devastating finale that is more chilling and believable than Rosemary giving birth to the son of Satan. Sager uses the darkening atmosphere and the tiniest thing that goes bump in the night for the utmost terror.”
“In short, Lock Every Door is a superb balancing act: a psychological suspense novel that walks the (very fine) line between ode to classic horror and inventive, modern-day suspense story all its own.”
—Crime by the Book
“[A] beloved thriller writer.”
—Bustle, “27 New Books Out in July 2019 to Get You Through the Sweaty Days of Summer”
“Sager fans and new readers alike will enjoy this heart-pounding thriller that cleverly weaves economic anxiety with something a whole lot darker. Jules must face the demons in the woodwork and in the world around her if she is to have any hope of a future. Because, ultimately, locking every door won’t keep the terror away if the terror is locked in there with you.”
—New York Journal of Books
“A compulsively readable thriller . . . Fans of Ira Levin, to whom the book is dedicated, will be delighted by Sager’s clever variation on a typical Levin plot.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Sager (Final Girls) delivers a psychological, creepy, and unputdownable thriller. . . . . Likable characters, great writing, just enough twists, and a Rosemary’s Baby vibe will make this a summer hit. Purchase for Stephen King and Gillian Flynn fans.”
—Library Journal, starred review
“[A] nightmarish thriller set against the backdrop of a Manhattan fairy tale.”
“All those sunny summer afternoons could use a little darkness. For a poolside thriller, check out Riley Sager's Lock Every Door.”
—Good Housekeeping, “25 Best New Books for Summer 2019”
“Ready for another Riley Sager thriller? The Final Girls author's latest, Lock Every Door, is a twisted, heart-pounding ride.”
“Sager’s compulsive thrillers have become a highlight of the summer season, and Lock Every Door might well be the best yet.”
—CrimeReads, “Most Anticipated Crime Books of Summer”
“Sager’s third reinterpretation of iconic horror themes (following The Last Time I Lied, 2018) is an utterly riveting thriller that melds Rosemary’s Baby with Sager’s masterful storytelling.”
“Super eerie, this heart-pounding thriller from Riley Sager is sure to be another bestseller.”
—Bookstr, “8 Thrillers for Your Beach Bag This Summer”
“Riley Sager's Lock Every Door is a modern nightmare . . . breathtaking thriller."
—PopSugar, “13 Thrillers that Are Perfect for a Chilly Fall Night"
“Lock Every Door is Riley Sager’s best book yet. Unrelentingly eerie and supremely stylish, this book had me in its grip from the first page until its shockingly twisted conclusion.”
—Cristina Alger, bestselling author of The Banker's Wife
“Lock Every Door is a gem: fast-paced, crisp writing, stellar character development. Riley Sager's best book yet!”
—Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of In Her Bones