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I have wanted to write this post for at least a year but it’s taken me a while to actually do what I needed to before I could write this: read all of Riley Sager’s books.
I can read two in a row but that’s my limit so I had to spread them out a bit. Riley Sager is probably one of the most popular thriller authors right now and I want to like his books, but (don’t hate me) I just don’t.
But, at the same time I do. I have liked two a lot and I’ve liked two more until I got to the endings, then two I just didn’t like that much at all (one I really didn’t).
And yet I keep reading them. In part because I wanted to make a Riley Sager ranking post but also because they always sound interesting! I want to like them, I really do. I keep trying.
At this point, my expectations for them are as low as can be so really, we can only go up. I shouldn’t even be able to be disappointed by them now.
I will admit though, even though I don’t usually like them I still have fun reading them. I won’t finish a book if it’s boring and I always finish these because they’re entertaining.
It was almost hard to rank Riley Sager’s books because aside from the two that I definitely liked and the one II really hated, I kind of disliked them all a lot so the middle three were hard to rank.
All this said, I can’t wait for his next book to come out. I will absolutely read it and I will have fun with it. I would love to hear your thoughts and your own Riley Sager book ranking in the comments!
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Riley Sager Books in order
Do you need to read the Riley Sager books in order? Nope! There were a couple of location cameos in The House Across the Lake from previous books but it’s more of a fun thing to notice if you’ve read them. It’s not necessary knowledge though, they’re all standalones.
- Final Girls (2017)
- The Last Time I Lied (2018)
- Lock Every Door (2019)
- Home Before Dark (2020)
- Survive the Night (2021)
- The House Across the Lake (2022)
- The Only One Left (2023)
Lock Every Door
My rating in order: 1/6
Average Goodreads rating: 3.91 out of 155,504 ratings
Synopsis: Jules is broke and desperate for a job, so when she sees a job opening for an apartment sitter at the legendary Bartholomew in New York City, she figures why not give it a shot, but there are a few conditions: no visitors, no nights away, and no bothering the rich and famous residents.
As she gets to know the staff and residents, she finds herself drawn to Ingrid, a fellow apartment sitter who confides that the Bartholomew isn’t quite what it seems. Then, she disappears and it’s up to Jules to find the truth about the Bartholomew.
My thoughts: I kept thinking Final Girls was my favorite for so long but I actually really enjoyed this one. It was my first Riley Sager book and I was iffy on the subject but then we got the twist and that is one of my favorite things to read about.
It’s hard to talk about it without spoiling it but I really liked this one. I liked the setting. I liked the sketchiness. Overall, big fan and I’m glad this was the first book of his that I read.
My rating in order: 2/6
Average Goodreads rating: 3.84 out of 144,915 ratings
Synopsis: Quincy, Lisa, and Sam all have something in common. They’re all Final Girls, the only survivors of three tragic massacres. They want to put their past behind them and despite media attempts, they never meet.
Things are looking up for Quincy until Lisa is found dead, wrist slit in the bathtub and Sam shows up on Quincy’s doorstep. Sam is insistent on making Quincy relive the past and when details of Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy is racing against the clock to unravel Sam’s truths and lies and, most importantly, what happened that night at Pine Cottage.
My thoughts: I was really hoping to like this one and I did! I was curious the whole time about how it was going to end. I was a big fan of the twist but I think I would have liked a little more flashback, a little less present-day.
The Last Time I Lied
My rating in order: 3/6
Average Goodreads rating: 4.05 out of 122,218 ratings
Synopsis: Emma watched her bunkmates sneak out of their cabin in the middle of the night fifteen years ago, Vivian hushing her with a finger to her lips. They were never seen again. Now, she’s a successful artist turning her past into paintings. At a gallery showing, Francesca Harris-White, the owner of the summer camp, shows up, buys a painting, and implores her to return of the camp’s reopening.
She reluctantly agrees but it’s clear all is not right at Camp Nightingale as her past comes back to haunt her. History begins to repeat itself as Emma tries to uncover what happened fifteen years ago.
My thoughts: I liked this while I was reading it and then I got to the end and, shocker, was so mad. (This is a trend.) I was engaged in this, I wanted to know what could have possibly happened, how three girls could just vanish.
Then we started getting to the twists and the reveals and I could not. Then, after I finished it and thought about it more, I got even more annoyed and liked it even less. Again, I can’t get into it without spoiling so if you want to see spoiler-filled thoughts, head to this post.
The House Across the Lake
My rating in order: 4/6
Average Goodreads rating: 3.59 out of 106,180 ratings
Synopsis: Casey is a widowed actress sent to her family’s lakehouse in Vermont to take a break from the spotlight and get a handle on her drinking. Instead, with a stash of alcohol and a pair of binoculars, she becomes obsessed with watching the new neighbors, Tom and Katherine, across the lake.
One day she saves Katherine from drowning but as they get to know each other, it becomes clear their marriage isn’t as perfect as it seems. Then Katherine vanishes and Casey is determined to find her. And the truth.
My thoughts: I can’t believe I didn’t hate this. I didn’t like it that much either but it was entertaining enough to finish and my expectations already could not have been lower so 🤷🏻♀️. I will say, I knew going in that there was something supernatural in it, just not exactly what. I didn’t like that part but I would have liked it a lot less if I wasn’t expecting it.
Home Before Dark
My rating in order: 5/6
Average Goodreads rating: 4.08 out of 141,577 ratings
Synopsis: When Maggie was 5, her family moved into the infamous Baneberry Hall in the woods of Vermont. Just three weeks later they fled in the middle of the night. Her father recounted the entire experience in his book House of Horrors but her parents would never tell her what really happened.
When her father dies 25 years later, it turns out he never sold the house. Maggie has inherited it and is set on finding the truth as she renovates it to sell it. She doesn’t believe a word of what her father wrote because ghosts aren’t real but something happened there and her return is anything but pleasant. As strange things start to happen, she begins to wonder if what her father wrote was more fact than fiction after all.
My thoughts: I was into this the whole time I was reading it, fairly creeped out reading it in the dar, and then I got to the ending and was so mad. I really can’t get into why I hated the end so much without spoiling, but if you want to know, you can see those thoughts in this post.
Survive the Night
My rating in order: 6/6
Average Goodreads rating: 3.51 out of 92,233 ratings
Synopsis: It’s 1991 and Charlie, a movie-obsessed college student, may be in the car of a serial killer. Her university campus has been plagued by the Campus Killer for the last few years but when Josh offers her a ride back to her hometown, she agrees.
But the longer she’s in his car, the more unsure she is about who he really is. Could he really be the Campus Killer or is it all just a movie in her mind? (ugh, gag me with that phrase.)
My thoughts: When I tell you I raged, I mean I raged. Ok, maybe not raged but I was mad the whole time I read this. I audibly scoffed and complained to myself way too much. This was not good. At all.
I really loved the idea of this but absolutely none of it makes sense. None of Charlie’s actions make sense and you’ll never want to hear the word movie again after this. I was literally mad about this for at least two days after finishing it.
And I guessed the bad guy as soon as we met them. And if I can guess that bad guy, it must be obvious because I’m never right.
I also think the only reason he set this in 1991 was so he didn’t have to figure out how to get around Charlie having a cell phone.
Upcoming Riley Sager book – The Only One Left
Release date: June 20, 2023
Synopsis: The Maine coast was shocked by the Hope family murders in 1929 and the police were never able to prove it was Lenora who did it. Since then she has never left the cliffside manor nor spoken about it publicly.
In 1983 Kit arrives to care for Lenora who is now wheelchair-bound and mute from a series of strokes. Her only way to communicate now is via typewriter, and one night she types out I want to tell you everything.
It soon becomes clear there is more to the massacre than anyone knows. But new details come about regarding her predecessor’s departure and Kit isn’t sure Lenora is as harmless as she appears.
Do you like Riley Sager? What is your ranking of Riley Sager’s books?
I am currently doing a Riley sager readathon and I started reading The House Across The Lake. Its interesting so far but a little too slow.. It feels like I have been reading this book for a long time.
Your reviews were so good, I’ll now pick up the next book according to your order ☺️❤️
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I definitely know what you mean! It felt like a lot happened but also like nothing happened? haha. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the others as you read them, too!
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Hey, Yes! I finished it some time back and there were so many plot twists because of this they were not giving that mind blown effect.. It was good but yeah, could have been better… Yes, will surely let you know!
YES! There are too many of them and you know when you get the first one that it’s too early for that to really be anything then BAM there’s another one and at least two more haha
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Yes exactly, less time to digest the whole thing!
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