To be released July 2, 2019
Lock Every Door is about a 20-something woman, Jules, who finds herself in a difficult spot with no job, no family to speak of, and no place to live. She finds an ad on Craigslist looking for an apartment sitter for the Bartholomew, one of the most luxurious apartment buildings in New York City. She goes on the interview and gets the job. One can’t help but think it is because of her circumstances and her single status that gets her this job.
It is written in the first-person from a female point of view, which is interesting because it is a male writer. When introduced to Jules, I couldn’t help but think there was something very unfeminine about her and it could be due to the male writer. In fact, the woman showing her the apartment building didn’t seem especially convincing either. There wasn’t much in the way of characterization in the first few chapters and the language seems sort of stilted with lots of fragments. The descriptions and exposition went a little overboard, especially when describing the apartment building. I found myself wanting to know more about Jules and less about the Bartholomew.
The book starts in the present day and then goes back in time 6 days before the car accident that Jules wakes up from when she is in the hospital. Jumping from the present to flashbacks definitely adds to the suspense of the story.
Although Jules is kind of a generic character, it is written not only in the first person, but also in the present tense, which gives it a sort of every man or every woman feel to it. You really see things from her perspective, which makes certain scenes terrifying.
Things get creepier and creepier the more we learn about Jules and the Bartholomew. She meets a fellow apartment sitter named Ingrid who happens to be staying in the unit directly below her. They quickly become friends due to the no visitors allowed rule, but Jules learns that the Ingrid situation is not all it appears to be. Ingrid goes suddenly missing just like Jules’ sister.
Jules’ obsession with finding Ingrid borders on unrealistic as she only knew her for a very short amount of time and becomes infatuated with finding her. The author explains this by connecting it with how Jules’ sister Jane disappeared and was never found. I get the motivation, but it’s a stretch. Similarly, the rules of the Bartholomew seem unrealistic as well since she can’t have any visitors, can’t talk to the other residents, and can’t leave overnight.
When we finally do find out something about Jules’ past, it seems a little too tragic and too convenient.
While the premise may not be totally original or believable, the read is definitely exciting especially towards the last quarter of the book. However, I found myself skimming toward the end, just wanting to get the book done. Sorry to say I can’t say that I’d recommend this one as it is lacking in several areas.