Can you believe that 2021 is almost over?! As we stepped right into spooky season this October, the TMC Book Club delved into the chilly and macabre this month, with Riley Sager’s ‘Lock Every Door’.
They’ve offered you a luxury apartment, rent free.
THE CATCH: you may not live long enough to enjoy it…
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents.
These are the only rules for Jules Larson’s new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings and home to the rich and famous.
Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules readily accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
Out of place among the extremely wealthy, Jules finds herself pulled toward other apartment sitter Ingrid. But Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming façade is starting to frighten her. Jules brushes is off as a harmless ghost story – but the next day, her new friend has vanished. And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing…
Welcome to the Bartholomew… You may never leave.
OCTOBER BOOK CLUB PICK
Well, well, well, this physiological thriller did not disappoint with the spook factor this month! I have been on the edge of my seat through the entire journey of Lock Every Door; with all the twists and turns thrown my way, I never knew what was coming next and I loved that! There’s nothing worse than reading about a mystery and figuring out the entire plot by the end of the first chapter!
The character of Jules was very likeable and easily relatable. After going through a pretty rough time (to say the least!) there was the perfect hint of tortured lead without the reader thinking, “move on from the past already!”
The final big, juicy twist at the end of the story was really creative. No spoilers here, but I’d be very impressed if you’d managed to figure it out before the big reveal!
While this book is an amazing thriller, I was expecting something just a bit scarier. Perhaps I was projecting the Halloween vibes onto the book, but for me, it could have done with a little more of the ‘fear factor’. Riley Sagar is a really evocative writer so I don’t feel like it would have been too far out of her comfort zone to have made it even more terrifying!
“I read this book in one sitting – it was so engaging I just couldn’t out it down. I needed to know exactly how this was going to play out! The story is told on dual timelines, the present and the previous week or so leading up – when the timelines collide it gets wild. The setting for this book is perfect if you’re looking for something with spooky vibes this October; the whole thing gave me some serious AHS vibes. The story lays out clues and I managed to work out bits and pieces ,but there were also elements that I absolutely did not see coming!” @jen_f88
“Something in the end that I would love to see is more closure and less loose ends.” @thechicnurseblog
“If you’re not a fan of scary stories but still want a thrill and suspense then this is perfect for you. Although, I was able to predict a few things, I still found it very gripping and I really think (without giving any spoilers away) that the ending highlighted certain issues that happen around the world which many don’t give much thought too.” @alittlecupofus
“It was quite creepy and sinister in parts but overall I wasn’t that scared. I enjoyed the premise of the book and I did not see the twists or red herrings coming […] Overall, I still don’t think I am a thriller fan. I find the characters all quite one dimensional and silly. I don’t understand why they don’t just run when bad things start happening. Still as thrillers go, I think this was quite a good one. It certainly kept me guessing and the ending was very unexpected.” @mrs_hs_favourite_things