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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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I could not put Old Bones down and was sorry to see it end. This is the first book in Preston & Child’s new Nora Kelly series and it absolutely rocks. I love how the authors combine history and fiction as well as their extensive knowledge of archaeology to deliver a page-turning read. This one is about a lost group of people from the Donner Party and combines reality with speculation and mystery in the best way possible. I couldn’t put it down! It will keep you guessing to the very end.

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Dan Howard was born Daniel Earl Javorsky in Berlin and immigrated to the US. He has been, among other things, a delivery boy, musician, product rep in the chemical entertainment industry, university music teacher, software salesman, copy editor, proofreader, and novelist. His novels include Down Solo and Trust Me, and a sequel to Down Solo called Down to No Good.

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Brendan Duffy is the author of THE STORM KING and HOUSE OF ECHOES. In 2015 he was featured in Refinery29’s “21 New Authors You Need to Know”. He lives in New York, where he’s at work on his next novel. Listen in Thursday, May 17th at 8 pm EST at: https://tinyurl.com/y758rrwp

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Vivian Schilling attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and also studied under the legendary Stella Adler before embarking upon a multifaceted career in both literature and film.

Schilling has penned two novels to date, both released to critical acclaim. “Highly respectable writing,” touted the Chicago Sun-Times of Schilling’s first effort, Sacred Prey (St. Martin’s Press). “Schilling shows deft storytelling ability,” said Publisher’s Weekly.

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Schilling’s second effort, the epic novel of suspense, Quietus (Penguin) received praise for its bold foray into controversial themes. “Quietus is a great gothic raven perched somewhere between Anne Rice and Iris Murdoch. Schilling herself—in her deft melding of mythic animus and modern anxiety— seems like the bastard daughter of Carl Jung and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley,” said Time Out New York.

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In Schilling’s early film career, she found success as an actor and screenwriter in a variety of independent films, for which she received a Blockbuster Rising Star Award and Saturn Award. Schilling has had the distinction of speaking at the National Archives as an author and filmmaker in the Discovering the Civil War film and lecture series. Her portrayal of real life author and feminist Gertrude Atherton in the film “Ambrose Bierce: Civil War Stories” set the backdrop for the discussions.

In 2012, Schilling was engaged by Paris-based Eurocine Films as the writer, producer and director of the English adaptation of Toys in the Attic, based on the stop-motion, animated feature Na Pude by revered Czech director Jirí Barta. Schilling also provided the voice of Buttercup alongside co-stars Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes.

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A long-standing advocate of animal welfare and conservation, Schilling recently completed work as writer and producer of the French documentary Bonobos: Back to the Wild. The film, by noted documentarian Alain Tixier, chronicles the important work of naturalist Claudine André in her efforts to rescue and rehabilitate orphaned bonobos and to release them back into the wild. The film’s proceeds benefit the Lola Ya Bonobo Rescue Sanctuary founded by André in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Schilling is currently at work on her third novel. She divides her time between Los Angeles and the Ozark Mountains.

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Douglas Preston has published a number of solo novels, including Tyrannosaur CanyonBlasphemy, and Impact. His recent novel with Lincoln Child, Cold Vengeance, hit #1 on both the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Lincoln Child is the author of multiple techno-thriller and horror novels, including the Jeremy Logan series. Many of the collaborative novels have become bestsellers, and their first novel together, Relic, was adapted into a film.

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“Warning to sensitive readers: this book is not for the faint of heart. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here thinking this is a safe little side trip into the shadows…these shadows have teeth, and think you would taste good with ketchup.

This book blew my mind. It was fantastic. One part Misery, one part Sharp Objects, another part Peyton Place, with a dash of Steel Magnolias and the Stepford Wives thrown in for good measure. This book was both bone-chilling and impossible to put down.

The last thing that Claire wants to do is to go back to her mother’s home, despite the desperate financial situation that has driven her and her husband, Jason, to this point. Claire is pregnant, and Jason has just been diagnosed with epilepsy, which has effectively killed his career as a pilot. The job that he is offered (thanks to Prissy, Claire’s mom) seems like a godsend. Just a few months, he tells her. Hold out for just a few months and we will be able to move. Claire reluctantly agrees, but keeps her guard up around her mother. Prissy puts on a good show for Jason, and soon has him convinced that Claire has over exaggerated and is being unduly harsh to her mother.

Boy, is he in for a shock.

When Claire reveals just the tip of the iceberg that is Prissy’s crazy, Jason is thrown for a loop. The fact that Claire’s disabled father is held hostage in the house is disturbing, but when Claire is injured herself Prissy insists on taking charge of her care. After all, she is a nurse…. As I said, Jason and Claire only know the tip of the iceberg. When Claire’s repressed memories begin to surface, they leave her wondering just what is real and what is her imagination. This goes far beyond rooms piled with useless junk, and the undying need to mind everyone else’s business. When Prissy’s need for control really decides to kick up its skirts and dance, everyone suffers.

I loved this book. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any wackier, any darker, or any more screwed up, I was granted a peek into a level of nuts I never have seen before. Calling this a psychological thriller is like calling a hydrogen bomb a bottle rocket! I could rave on about it for another few paragraphs, but all I can really say about it is GO READ IT! It’s so worth it!”

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