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!

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Last Time I Lied: A Novel by [Sager, Riley]

How I Read It: Audiobook/ Print

Dates Read: 4/8/19-4/9/19

Why hello! Boy has it been a while! Fun fact: Queer Eye probably will be my downfall with this blog! HOWEVER, I have been listening to this book for the past 2 days at work and ya’ll: I WASN’T READY!

Okay, so I knew this was going to be a thriller. If you look at that book cover, you know it is a thriller. But OMG, it is so much more! One of those themes that make my little heart sing is the idea of survivor’s guilt: that idea that when someone witnesses a terrible crime or event and is trying to move past it. Personally, I think this book did a really good job of implementing survivor guilt while still keeping the ongoing thrill and mystery until the end.

Now that I whet your appetite, let’s talk about this book. This book is about Emma, the only survivor out of Dogwood Cabin at Camp Nightingale in rural New York. 15 years later, Emma still paints those 3 girls that went missing, using paint to then cover up their faces until you can’t see them anymore. When given the option to go back to Camp Nightingale, Emma returns to try and piece together this incredibly tragic event, and maybe get some closure that she never got before.

BUT MAN, this gets insane. I may or may not have hit my hand on the ground multiple times in the last 100 pages, thereby waking my dog a few times out of a nap, but WORTH IT! Dude! The last 100 pages of this book are BONKERS in the best possible way! Ya’ll know, I need a good ending, and boy did I get that and more!

What I will say, since you know I always have an opinion, this book did not build in a way that kept me on the edge of my seat. It felt a lot more like a roller coaster, where you are all the way back in the seat as you go up and then you get over the hill and you are screaming and losing your mind. That’s what it was like.

I personally would rate this one high, probably 4.5 out of 5. If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave me a comment or e-mail me personally at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I will see you all in the next book!