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    Loved loved loved

    This book was so interesting and unusual. Had me absorbed from the start. Highly recommended :)
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    Creepy & Captivating!

    What a truly fabulous read! Lock Every Door was creepy, spine-tingling and left me feeling extremely unnerved. The darkness of the book was very unsettling and also provided a macabre atmosphere. This was very much a slow burn allowing me plenty of opportunities to think, analyse, and be totally wrong about what might happen next. I loved Riley Sager's writing style in this wonderfully atmospheric, well plotted, compulsive thriller with added touches of horror. Lock Every Door was an extremely exciting and original read with many twists and turns. I had no idea that the very last twist would happen. A definite must-read! I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Penguin Random House UK – Ebury Publishing via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion. Thank you also to Riley Sager and Pigeonhole for giving me the opportunity to read this book!
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    Slow and lacks character

    Jules has recently split from her cheating boyfriend and lost her job - living on her friends sofa she answers an advert for an "apartment sitter". The Bartholomew is famous but mysterious and there are strict rules that Jules must follow such as she has to spend every night in the apartment and absolutely no visitors amongst others. She makes friends with Ingrid, another apartment sitter but when she suddenly disappears in the middle of the night - Jules set out to find her. The more she digs, the more she finds out that others have also gone missing and the permanent residents are not quite what they seem. The storyline itself is good but a pity that the majority of the book is slow, little connections between the characters and fails to grab the readers attention. It is only in the last few chapters that the story picks up but then rushes to the conclusion and the time afterwards.
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    Disappointing

    When Jules is offered a dream job house sitting a beautiful large apartment she jumps at the opportunity – but what is the catch? I really enjoyed The Last Time I Lied, Riley Sager’s last book (see my review on my blog) so I was excited to receive the ARC for Lock Every Door. Skimming over the fact that the title actually has very little to do with the actual plot, I was a little disappointed with this offering. Taken as a whole the plot is very good, it has a really climatic ending I didn’t see coming and an interesting premise – a dream job with menacing undertones. I also liked the damaged character of Jules who has suffered a lot in her life including a sister who has been missing for years which adds to the plot nicely. However, I felt the book was very slow moving and didn’t actually provide us with much to set the tone. The whole first 3/4s of the book take place in about 4 days and it didn’t feel like enough time to set up a believable horror/psychological thriller. The ‘scary’ rules that are put in place just seemed sensible to me rather than disturbing as they are portrayed. Jules, our main character seemed to be overreacting to everything in the first 3/4s of the book - someone goes missing sure, but a lot of time is spent over-analysing the rules, looking up the past history of a very old building and reading too much into every conversation. There isn’t enough horror, if that’s what it’s trying to portray or sinister psychology in any of the residents to actually make her motivations feel believable. As the book is written from her perspective I would expect her thought process to match her actions but that didn’t seem to be the case here. Overall Lock Every Door has a great premise and interesting ending but the set up was too drawn out with not enough plot building to match the main character’s reactions. Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin Random House – Ebury Publishing for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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