A fictional mystery set right here on the Upper West Side? What a novel idea! Riley Sager’s latest novel –Lock Every Door – was just published on July 2nd. And it will be made into a TV series. True Blood executive producer Brian Buckner and screenwriter and producer Angela Robinson will develop the new series together.
Buckner will write and executive produce Lock Every Door, while Robinson will direct. This is not their first foray into adapting novels into TV shows. The two worked together to adapt The Southern Vampire Mysteries (by Charlaine Harris) into the hit HBO series, True Blood.
Here’s the synopsis of Lock Every Door:
No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich, 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 oldest, most elite and secretive buildings in the Upper West Side. When a fellow apartment sitter goes missing, Jules begins to dig into the Bartholomew’s mysterious history, discovering sordid secrets hidden within its walls and that her fate may already be doomed like those that came before her.
The Bartholomew is a fictional building in the Upper West Side. What isn’t fictitious, however, is the novel’s 4.20 out of 5-star rating on Goodreads.
Lock Every Door is not the first and only book set in this neighborhood. The Upper West Side has provided a lot of inspiration for other novels, which you can check out here for some potential summer reads. Perhaps the most famous Upper West-based novel is Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. This classic was later adapted into the classic 1968 drama/mystery film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Mia Farrow as the titular Rosemary.