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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager #BookReview #SummerReads @riley_sager @EburyPublishing @penguinrandom

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review for Riley Sager’s latest book Lock Every Door. read on for my thoughts but first the book description…….

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You’ve been offered a luxury apartment, rent free. The catch: you may not live long enough to enjoy it…

No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents. 

These are the only rules for Jules Larson’s new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings and home to the super rich and famous.

Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

Out of place among the extremely wealthy, Jules finds herself pulled toward other apartment sitter Ingrid. But Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her. Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story – but the next day, her new friend has vanished.

And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing…

Welcome to the Bartholomew…You may never leave.

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Lock Every Door is the latest book from author Riley Sager, I’m a huge fan of this author’s writing and really enjoyed his previous books Final Girls and Last Time I Lied  but I believe this is my favourite book yet. The author has moved away from his slasher, horror, YA vibe, and this book reads more like a gothic, thriller, chiller novel. This book is the perfect summer read (as in best read in daylight hours). Every page of Lock Every Door reinforces the readers’ feelings of trepidation and paranoia. **Beware the Bartholomew is a building full of dark secrets, ghostly happenings, and mysterious disappearances enter at your own risk**

You’ve been offered a luxury apartment, rent free, not only that you get paid to be a ‘house sitter’ sounds great, eh? But as the old and wise adage goes  ‘If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is’. Jules Larson ignores any misgivings and moves into one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings the Bartholomew, home to the rich and famous. Within days of Jules moving in, the perfect job looses its shine, first there are the strict rules, and then strange and disconcerting events begin to occur.  The first half of Lock Every Door threw up so many tantalising questions, that I raced through this book desperate to uncover the answers. 

The Bartholomew itself is a character, an iconic landmark on the outside but step inside and it’s a building shrouded in rumours, ghost stories and urban myths, its history is one that whispers of a curse, ghostly happenings and tragic events. The atmosphere inside the building is one you could slice with a knife (no pun attended!),  it’s creepy and intense I couldn’t shake off a niggling feeling that ‘the worse was yet to come’, and I wasn’t wrong! The Bartholomew is home to an eclectic bunch of residents, and although I felt I only got to know them on a superficial level this no way spoilt my enjoyment of this read. Each of the residents featured adds layer upon layer of doubt to the story, so you are never sure who to trust.  As the tension rose so did my heart rate, and I’m sure it didn’t drop until I reached the hugely satisfying  conclusion. 

There is nothing more thrilling than being duped by the author, I really thought I had everything worked out, but then the author threw the mother of all curve balls that rendered me speechless! Some readers may find certain aspects of this book far fetched, I thought the direction the plot took was clever, devious and very satisfying. Riley Sager has a way of writing that makes his books come alive, it’s like you are watching a film rather than reading a book, the setting, the atmosphere, the plot make Lock Every Door an exhilarating read. Highly recommended to those who love a thriller, chiller with misdirection at every turn. 

***Please note the book featured in my photo is the USA version, UK version pictured below***

  • Print Length: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (25 July 2019)

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧    Amazon US 🇺🇸

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Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager #BookReview @penguinrandom @riley_sager #SummerReads

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Today I’m sharing my review for The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager another one of my most anticipated reads of the year, before I share my review here’s the book description

Have you ever played two truths and a lie?

Emma has. Her first summer away from home, she learned how to play the game. And she learned how to lie.

Then three of her new friends went into the woods and never returned . . .

Now, years later, Emma has been asked to go back to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale. She thinks she’s laying old ghosts to rest but really she’s returning to the scene of a crime.

Because Emma’s innocence might be the biggest lie of all… 

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Riley Sager is back with a cracker of a crime thriller,  I was a huge fan of his debut novel Final Girls , Last Time I Lied is intense, addictive, and such a Compelling read . I do love the way the authors books are written, they very much remind me of the 1980’s scarey  movies I was so fond of back in the day, minus the dramatic music of course! A word of **Warning** once you pick this book up prepared to drop everything else, full of misdirection and deceit it’s a book that’s nigh on impossible to put down. One thing I will say if you loved Final Girls for the horror/slasher vibe running through it, you may find The Last Time I Lied slightly disappointing as this book isn’t as dark, but never the less I still found it a really enjoyable read.

Years after Emma’s three friends went into the woods and disappeared, she returns to the newly re-opened Camp Nightingale, hoping to find out what really happened to the three young girls. Oh how I absolutely adore an unreliable and troubled narrator, and boy does Emma fit the bill perfectly. Her story is one of teenage lies and mental illness, which make this book so unpredictable. Last Time I Lied is told  through past and present chapters, all I will say is the author is a master in deception, so good luck with trying to separate fact from fiction, as I didn’t even get close to working out where this tale was heading.  

Although some may consider the start to be a slow one, it’s definitely worth persevering, Riley Sager firstly sets the tone and atmosphere of the story helped along by Camp Nightingale the perfect location for a crime come horror thriller, with a cinematic narrative it feels like you are actually watching a movie rather than reading a book. With an underlying sense of menace running through its pages Last Time I Lied is definitely one to be read during day light hours. As a huge crime thriller reader there is nothing I like more satisfying than an author  taking me by surprise, now this could be an unexpected plot twist or something else entirely, and the author managed both, to the “why” or the “what” my lips are sealed. Highly recommend.

  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (12 July 2018)

 

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧          Amazon US 🇺🇸

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#FinalGirls by Riley Sager #BookReview & #Giveaway @Riley_Sager @EburyPublishing

 

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Today I’m thrilled to be able to offer followers of my blog the chance to win a paperback copy of Final Girls By Riley Sager to celebrate its release in paperback today. My thanks to the publishers Edbury Publishing for this fabulous prize.

If you haven’t read Final Girls yet it’s a book I would highly recommend and you can read my thoughts on this gripping book further down this post, you can also find details on how to enter the Giveaway, but first the book details…….

Book description

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

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If your looking for an “edge of your seat” thriller then look no further, Final Girls by Riley Sager will have you gripped from the first page, all the way to its nail biting conclusion. Final Girls tells the story of Three victims of separate massacres, they all have suffered similar experiences to those slasher movies most of us have watched, you know the ones I mean where one “Final Girl” is left in the closing scenes and manages to come out alive.  Final Girls is a compulsive read, with characters who are at once unreliable and sympathetic.

What follows is the story of two of the survivors Quincy and Sam, and that’s all I’m going to say about the plot as I would hate to give away spoilers. What drew me to this book in the first place was the author took the unusual step to focus on the survivors of the most awful crimes after the event, so this novel certainly makes for an original and compulsive read.

As you would expect both Quincy and Sam may have survived shocking and traumatic events but neither of them have come out unscathed, at the start they both seem pretty average until the author weaves his magic and you realise both characters are not only complex but also very damaged by their traumatic experiences and I found them both untrustworthy and for me that’s what made this novel such a compelling read.

With twist and turns galore it’s pretty much impossible to “second guess” where the author is leading the reader, but I certainly enjoyed every minute of this dark crime thriller. Full of mystery and suspense this novel certainly fray’s the nerves, as the tension and suspense reaches fever pitch before the final shocking scenes. Riley Sager without doubt has written a novel that makes for a tense and exhilarating read and if you are a fan of a well written crime thriller then this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (13 July 2017

About the author

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Riley Sager is the pseudonym for an author who has previously published under another name. Riley is a native of Pennsylvania, a writer, editor, and graphic designer who lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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One paperback copy of Final Girls by Riley Sager and I will also throw in a bookmark as seen in the photo at the top of this post, coffee not included! 

First for the boring bits…….I’m sorry but this competition is open to UK residents only. Winner will be notified via DM within 24 hours of competition ending. To be included in the draw you must be following my Facebook page the book review café . 

To enter visit my Facebook page and leave a comment in the Final Girls post and entrants will go into a hat, a winner will be randomly picked by Mr book review café on Monday 29th January 2017 at 6.00pm UK time. 

You can enter giveaway here…….https://www.facebook.com/thebookreviewcafe/

 

 

 

Final Girls by Riley Sager #BookReview

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Book description

Each girl survived an unthinkable horror. Now someone wants them dead…

They were the victims of separate massacres. Grouped together by the press, and dubbed the Final Girls, they are treated like something fresh out of a slasher movie.

When something terrible happens to Lisa, put-together Quincy and volatile Sam finally meet. Each one influences the other. Each one has dark secrets. And after the bloodstained fingers of the past reach into the present, each one will never be the same.

IMG_2298Final Girls is a compulsive read, with characters who are at once unreliable and sympathetic. Just when you think you’ve figured out the plot, the story pivots in a startling new direction. … A taut and original mystery that will keep you up late trying to figure out a final twist that you won’t see coming.”

If your looking for an “edge of your seat” thriller then look no further, Final Girls by Riley Sager will have you gripped from the first page, all the way to its nail biting conclusion. Final Girls tells the story of Three victims of separate massacres, they all have suffered similar experiences to those slasher movies most of us have watched, you know the ones I mean where one “Final Girl” is left in the closing scenes and manages to come out alive.

What follows is the story of two of the survivors Quincy and Sam, and that’s all I’m going to say about the plot as I would hate to give away spoilers. What drew me to this book in the first place was the author took the unusual step to focus on the survivors of the most awful crimes after the event, so this novel certainly makes for an original and compulsive read.

As you would expect both Quincy and Sam may have survived shocking and traumatic events but neither of them have come out unscathed, at the start they both seem pretty average until the author weaves her magic and you realise both characters are not only complex but also very damaged by their traumatic experiences and they seem untrustworthy, and for me that’s what made this novel such a compelling read.

With twist and turns galore it’s pretty much impossible to “second guess” where the author is leading the reader, but I certainly enjoyed every minute of this dark crime thriller. Full of mystery and suspense this novel certainly fray’s the nerves, as the tension and suspense reaches fever pitch before the final shocking scenes. Riley Sager without doubt has written a novel that makes for a tense and exhilarating read and if you are a fan of a well written crime thriller then this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Buying links:   Amazon UK 🇬🇧     Amazon US 🇺🇸

Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (13 July 2017