“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!
“All that was necessary was a law degree and a uterus: a lethal combination.”
Margaret Atwood, The Testaments
The much-anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood takes place 15 years after the original story. We’re taken back to the time of Gilead following the first-hand story of three women living during its reign.
It took me a while to put my thoughts down on paper. The Handmaid’s Tale is one of my favorite books of all time so to finally get a sequel was an exciting moment for me. I don’t usually love multiple points of view stories but I really enjoyed how this was written from three very different perspectives. Then seeing how the three intertwined. It gives you insight into how some of the different roles in Gilead really operate, not just from a handmaid’s perspective.
I thought it was really interesting that Aunt Lydia was the true common character between the books and not Offred. At first, I was a little upset it wasn’t following Offred but after I got used to it, I didn’t want to put it down. You get a really great story of what happened to Aunt Lydia before Gilead that we don’t get in The Handmaids Tale and it was so interesting. Not what I expected at all!
If you watch the show, the show is very different. I’m curious to see if they will end the same way. I have such a “book hangover” from this one. I finished it on a plane with some time in the air left to spare and I could hardly pick up my next read. Do you need to read The Handmaids Tale first? Yes. There is a lot of background information in the first book that you need to fully grasp the second. Plus, it’s amazing, so why wouldn’t you want to read it? If you read The Handmaid’s Tale and feel like you need “closure,” don’t get your hopes up. While I do feel some sense of closure, I don’t feel like Atwood really tied up all the loose knots. Regardless, I definitely recommend picking this one up!