“Every so often, life offers you a reset button. When it does, you need to press it as hard as you can.”
Riley Sager, Lock Every Door
I thought Final Girls was good, Locky Every Door by Riley Sager was just as good! Through all the twists and turns I was hooked on every page. The premise was something completely unique. I feel like with psychological thrillers, you tend to get some similar themes, but this was new.
In Sager’s latest novel, Lock Every Door. Jules Larsen has no family, is broke, and was chated on by her boyfriend. She finds herself looking for a new job and when the “too good to be true” add for an apartment sitter at one of New York’s highest-profile buildings, The Bartholomew, pops up she can’t turn it down. Jules comes to learn that there a lot of rules that come with the job, no visitors, no spending the night away, and no bothering the residents. For the sum they’re paying, she thinks she can live with the rules. However, when apartment sitters start missing from the Bartholomew, Jules knows something isn’t right.
Sager just does the most amazing job of really throwing you in the wrong direction. Whenever you think you have the story all figured out, he throws something new at you to distract you from what’s really going on. In Lock Every Door, Jules’s past life has a lot of parallels with her current day life. I really enjoyed the similarities and thinking about how things in her past affect her present actions. Sager gives you enough of a background to really make you focus on things like these instead of what’s really going on.
I just love a good psychological thriller. Lock Every Door was a real page-turner for me. At one point, I found myself downloading the audiobook from my library so I could listen in my car too. Not only did it have me hooked, it just got better and better as I read on. Riley Sager is now a go-to author for me. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!
“Life with a cheat code isn’t life. Our existence isn’t something to be engineered or optimized for the avoidance of pain. That’s what it is to be human – the beauty and the pain, each meaningless without the other.”
Blake Crouch, Recursion
In Black Crouch’s latest novel, Recursion, he follows the lives of Barry, a detective in New York City, and Helena, a scientist trying to create a technology to restore memories of people with Alzheimer’s. Helena is recruited by Marcus Slade to work with him on her device and given an unlimited budget. When Americans start experiencing False Memory Syndrome, memories that don’t seem to be their own, Helena and Barry’s lives soon become intertwined. This was my Book of the Month June pick and I don’t know why it took me so long to read it!
I’m not sure I even know how to write this review without spoilers. Blake Crouch uses a unique concept that hits close to home for a lot of us, making advances in technology and the people behind it the villain. Crouch does a great job of making you want to like the villain in the beginning and slowly bringing you around to thinking they’re bad. Technology is so prominent in our current culture you never want to think anything bad could happen from it so of course, you want to like the people behind it. It honestly reminds me of some of your superhero stories like Spiderman and Ironman where the villain uses technology to destroy the world.
I loved how the characters in the story’s lives come together. While they may not know each other in the beginning, they become quite acquainted in the end. It’s really interesting how Crouch manages to make the whole fictional world of people connected in a way. It’s great how the scientist is a badass female character too. We don’t see this often.
This book is action-packed! Every turn of the page left me wanting more. I’m a sucker for sci-fi and Recursion did not disappoint. This is the first novel I’ve read from Crouch and I will certainly be reading more now.