Disclaimer: I received an eARC through the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.
Jules has not had an easy life. Her sister vanished about eight years ago. Then her mom began struggling with health problems at the same time her dad was laid off. Then both of her parents died.
Now, Jules finds herself suddenly laid off and recently split up from a boyfriend who was cheating on her. She’s having no luck finding a job, and she’s staying on the couch of a friend.
So when an ad comes up that an apartment sitter is needed, Jules jumps on the opportunity. When she arrives at the address, she discovers that it’s a storied place that was used in the setting of her favorite book. She feels that something is off when she’s offered $12,000 to stay in an apartment for three months, but the money is too good to pass up.
Within hours of moving in, Jules starts to get a weird vibe from the place, and despite warnings not to, she begins snooping about.
She learns about past disappearances in the building, and she begins to realize that something sinister is afoot.
I devoured Lock Every Door. Told in “then” and “now” segments, the “now” segments serve as short interstitial segments that serve to continue to move the story along and get the reader to wonder what has happened that led to this point.
I found this to be an incredibly fast-paced read as I genuinely accidentally read the whole thing in one night. While this is a thriller, it’s more of a slow-burn thriller in which there is first smoke seen, followed by small flames before the whole thing is engulfed. Along the way, there’s always that spark of intrigue, really helped by those interstitial segments, to engage the reader the whole way through.
Lock Every Door comes out on July 2. For fans of thrillers, this is not to be missed.