My first venture in Riley Sager and I have to admit, I’m intrigued. The writing does such a great job of setting an eery mood, and the characters, for the most part, feel very natural and real. I’m torn on this one, I liked it a lot, but also I feel a trend happening that I’m not sure I like.
Lock Every Door is about Jules, an orphan who lost her boyfriend and her job on the same day and so is now answering a sketchy looking craigslist ad for an apartment sitter that pays… $4000/month. When she finds out it’s at The Bartholomew, she thinks it’s too good to be true. It does seem that way, and then all the rules come out: no guests, must spend the night, and absolutely must not talk to any of the guests. Things seem fine and dandy until Jules meets Ingrid, and then Ingrid disappears.
I love the vibe of this book a lot. I love how it’s written, it’s eery, creepy, and the burn is just right. I found Jules a tad annoying and like the girl does not follow the rules from the beginning and I guess maybe because I’m an introvert that would love to be paid to be isolated for three months that I wouldn’t have a problem with this set up, but clearly Jules could not.
This has also forced me to acknowledge my stance on whether or not I can like a book or a character when they are so different from myself. Usually, yes, I absolutely can and that’s because it’s fun to read from a different person’s perspective. But. This book (and a book that will be reviewed soon) I found myself so much on the other side of the main character and since she is the person we are supposed to connect to and agree with and walk with, I found it very hard to enjoy it.
So how do I go about this? I actually really enjoyed the story and I rated this well! It also took me like over a week to read it because I wasn’t motivated to pick up the book. I recommend this for a lot of people actually, I think most people will enjoy it and not be bothered by Jules like I was. So please, pick this up and give it a try!