Book Recommendation by Alistair Cross – LOCK EVERY DOOR by Riley Sager

Posted: November 6, 2019 in books, Uncategorized
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An interesting blend of the classic and the contemporary, LOCK EVERY DOOR pretty much has it all – including surprises you won’t see coming. Part Rosemary’s Baby, part The Sentinel (I even detected a hint of The Shining), LOCK EVERY DOOR follows Jules, an unemployed young woman who’s down on her luck. When she answers an ad and lands a job as an apartment sitter at the prestigious “Bartholomew” in New York City, it seems too good to be true. The Bartholomew adds that spooky gothic vibe I love and is supported by an unusual cast of characters that will (for the most part, anyway) keep you guessing.

I say ‘for the most part’ because the truth is, I found the majority of characters to be thin and transparent; I couldn’t help thinking the book could have been a lot stronger with some better character development. Also, things did get a little over the top regarding Jules’ history and personal hardships. Basically, whatever happened to her was always the absolute worst possible thing and after a while, it started to feel a bit contrived and Jules started sounding a little whiny.

My only other complaint would be that LOCK EVERY DOOR tries to be too many things at once. I can’t help thinking the author was working super hard to please every kind of reader out there: we have the strong female lead to satisfy lovers of women’s fiction, a little whodunit for the mystery readers, a dash of romance for those who love love, a whisper of the supernatural for ghost story connoisseurs, criminal behavior for the crime buffs, the spooky old building for the gothic enthusiasts, and much more. I’m all for genre-blending but at times, this one just tried a little too hard.

But at its heart LOCK EVERY DOOR is horror – in my opinion, anyway – and that’s why I liked it. Despite spreading itself a little too thin, I’d recommend it. This won’t be the last Riley Sager book I read.

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