Let’s Talk… Riley Sager

A mini-author post, coming at you! Okay, so normally I would read everything written by the author, but this isn’t a normal situation. Riley Sager is the pseudonym of of Todd Ritter (author of Death Notice, Vicious Circle, Bad Moon, and Devil’s Night), an author whom I have never had the pleasure to read. He has listed on his Goodreads that the reason for using the pseudonym was due to publishing issues under his actual name.

I first heard about Sager through Book of the Month. In my third month with the program, The Last Time I Lied was given as an option. I did not choose it, but I did purchase it from Amazon with the expectation to read it at my first chance. In my July 2019 box, I chose Lock Every Door. Realizing that the only book by Sager I didn’t own was Final Girls, I immediately purchased it, and then because I literally own 0 self control, I bought both books on Audible.

When it comes to his style, I have noticed that he chooses characters that suffer “survivor guilt”. In Final Girls, each girl is the survivor of a terrible massacre that is heavily perpetuated in the media. In The Last Time I Lied, Emma is the lone survivor of a cabin in the woods when everyone disappears. And finally, in Lock Every Door, Jules is the lone survivor of her family.He also uses this survivor guilt to heavily influence the thought process throughout the plot.

He also likes to throw up smoke screens in his stories. While that can be a great tactic, he sometimes overuses it to the point where you can detect it. And when the happens, it takes away from the overall story. He also finds ways to surprise you at the end that leave you completely stunned. He clearly has found his niche in the thriller genre.

As of August 2nd, 2019, he does not have a next list date for his next book, but he seems to be releasing books every July. I will definitely be looking out to see when his next book comes out!

Side note: According to his Goodreads, Final Girls has been optioned for a movie, and The Last Time I Lied has been optioned for a limited series. Quick searches show that other than purchasing the rights, little has been done to get either project off the ground.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

Final Girls by Riley Sager

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 7/29/19-7/31/19

About 4 months ago, I read my first book by Riley Sager, called The Last Time I Lied. I has originally heard about that book through Book of the Month (which I know I am completely slacking on putting out BOTM reviews out, and I am hoping to be better, especially because this months picks are REALLY good), and I finally picked it up (before my dog ate the book, true story) and read it. I grew up on authors like Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark, so I enjoyed Sager’s novel.

When July’s selection for BOTM included another novel by Sager (Lock Every Door), I immediately clicked for it to be the book I choose. Quick researched showed that Sager had only written one other book, this one. So I hopped on Amazon, got a copy, and here we are. Since I already have a review up for The Last Time I Lied, I figured I would do a mini-author series, so welcome to Riley Sager week!

In this story, Quincy Carpenter is the lone survivor of a knife attack that killed 5? others (when I piece together the list of names from those nights, I only count 5, but I currently don’t have the book with me to confirm that fact). In the media, Quincy along with the 2 other girls who have been the lone survivors in massacres, Samantha Boyd and Lisa Milner, are called the Final Girls. Lisa chose to use her experience as a way to help others, becoming a child psychiatrist. Samantha chose to hide, disappearing from the public eye a few years after Quincy’s attack. And Quincy chose to live, creating a baking blog, moving in with her long time boyfriend, Jeff, and checking in with the original police officer that found her after her massacre, Coop.

When Lisa’s body is discovered in her Indiana home, original evidence suggests suicide. In an effort to quench her guilt, Samantha shows up outside Quincy’s home, with the hope of them getting to know each other. But Samantha is a bad influence, and the farther into their friendship, the more complicated Quincy’s “perfect” life becomes.

I was about halfway into this book when I had a conversation with a friend about it. I was telling them that this girl was obviously the bad guy, which makes me think that she is a red herring. Talking more, I put the blame on Jeff, on Coop, even on Quincy, but I surely was not expecting the actual result. The ending was so surprising, while also thrilling, and I could not wait to finish this book.

The number of days might be a surprise for you. That number had nothing to do with the quality of the book and more the amount of things on my plate. But I literally threw everything aside in order to finish the book when I got home from work, so it is THAT level good.

I would give the book 4.5 out of 5 (due to the extreme emphasis on Samantha being the bad guy, essentially giving away that she isn’t his top pick for the actual bad guy) stars, and I genuinely would recommend this book for mystery/ thriller lovers. Side note: this book gave me nightmares, which is HUGE compliments.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!