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No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.
As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.
Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent. – synopsis from Goodreads
Do you ever read a great thriller and then feel like watching one? Or maybe the reverse? I know I do! Lock Every Door is a thrilling ride from start to finish and I’m always looking for movie recommendations like that as well. Here are some great movies to watch once you’ve read this amazing book – to make sure you get your fix until you can have some more Riley Sager to read… or just reread it again! Go ahead, I won’t tell!
The Resident (2011) – Thriller
What better way than to start the recommendation off with a creepy little thriller about a woman that moves into an apartment and feels like someone might be watching her. Supernatural and Walking Dead fans will be happy to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan in this one I think.
House of the Devil (2009) – Horror
Ok guys, I’m starting to think that house-sitting is just a bad idea in general! This 70s inspired horror is a great warning on why to not take jobs from odd people with odd rules. Shit just goes bad, real bad! This movie is a bit of a trip and won’t be for everyone, but if you like indie horror movies with some great atmosphere and crazy happenings, then look no further.
Intruders (2015) – Thriller
Imagine not being able to leave your home not because you have a set of rules but because you can’t. The main character in this film suffers from severe agoraphobia and hasn’t left her house in a very long time. Unfortunately, when men break in – she can’t escape due to her illness. However, it is unfortunate for her or them? This is a twisty, little gem.
Copycat (1995) – Thriller
This would be my highest recommendation, hands down. However, this is not for the faint of heart. This is a very intense thriller and I know a lot of people who were quite scared in this one, so be warned. Again, we have a main character, who is a forensic psychologist that has severe agoraphobia – she developed it after being savagely attacked by a serial killer (Harry Connick Jr is SCARY in this!) and almost losing her life. She gave up her career but with a new serial killer on the loose, the police want her help with getting inside the killer’s mind. Of course, this could put a whole new target on her back. I won’t say anymore, but this is full of twists and fantastic acting and just go watch it if you want a good thriller. It still holds up and is better than most thrillers out there today.
Housebound (2014) – Horror/Comedy
Alright, let’s lighten it up a little. For those who get a bit scared easily then I have something for you too! A young woman is on house arrest and has to stay with her very eccentric mother. It’s not long before weird things start happening and she starts hearing noises – is it supernatural? or is there some other explanation? This one does have some scares in it but it’s freaking hilarious. It’s a British film and certainly a little gem – lots of twists and just laugh out loud moments. Basically, anytime you scream – you’ll be laughing shortly after so it balances it out.
I think after you watch all these films you’ll realize that getting stuck somewhere with no way out is just not a great idea. Also, if you think someone is shady – they probably are!
Have you watched any of these films? Are you planning on reading Lock Every Door? Let me know!
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Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer. Now a full-time writer, Riley is the author of FINAL GIRLS, an international bestseller that has been published in 25 languages, and the New York Times bestseller THE LAST TIME I LIED. His latest book, LOCK EVERY DOOR, will be published in July. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
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