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Riley Sager

Autore di Final Girls

20+ opere 11,103 membri 601 recensioni 12 preferito

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Opere di Riley Sager

Final Girls (2017) 2,305 copie
Home Before Dark (2020) 1,868 copie
Lock Every Door (2019) 1,758 copie
The Last Time I Lied (2018) 1,685 copie
The House Across the Lake (2022) 1,139 copie
Survive the Night (2021) 1,099 copie
The Only One Left (2023) 1,062 copie
Death Notice (2010) 67 copie
Bad Moon (2011) 52 copie
Middle of the Night (2024) 30 copie
Death Falls (2015) 5 copie
Vicious Circle (2012) — Autore — 4 copie

Opere correlate

Reader's Digest Select Editions 2019 v02 #364 (2019) — Autore — 2 copie
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2020 v04 #372 (2020) — Autore — 1 copia

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Free ARC received in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Review also published on my blog.

$4000 a month to house-sit. Sounds simple… right?

For broke and recently-heartbroken Jules Larsen, it doesn’t matter if this sounds too good to be true – she desperately needs the money. With it, she can get the fresh start she yearns for. So even though house-sitting at the Bartholomew – one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings – comes with a strangely restrictive set of rules, she grasps at the opportunity. Surely these rules are just to protect the privacy of the ultra-rich and famous that live there. But as she gets to know the residents and other house-sitters, she soon finds that there is more to the Bartholomew than it seems…

Right off the bat, Lock Every Door hooked me with the way it captures that early 20th-century, old-money, Gilded Age New York vibe. Spooky high-rises with years of history and mystery are the centerpiece of the story. I was immediately reminded, (in a good way), of Roman Polanski’s 1968 adaptation of Rosemary’s Baby while reading this book. The oppressive, spooky and dark feeling of Rosemary’s apartment in that film was my mental image for the Bartholomew.

Yet, here we have our modern heroine – with student loans, no health insurance, living paycheck to paycheck, toting her laptop and smartphone into her apartment. Sager blends these two universes so perfectly – despite the modernity, this intensely spooky atmosphere is retained.

Jules’s financial situation felt so realistic, that it made her character more accessible and relatable, and therefore made for a more frightening story. Also being someone who is just out of school, facing the financial brunt of student loans and real “adulting”, I could totally put myself in Jules’ shoes. If someone offered me that kind of money to house-sit, regardless of the weird rules, hell yes I would take it! If you’re flat broke, you’d be crazy not to.

And I think for me, that was the scariest element to Lock Every Door – thinking of a situation that offered a vulnerable young person money, and which seems safe… there is no end the the way this could be used to manipulate people! Because I related to Jules, my anxiety built along with hers – as her situation becomes increasingly more alarming, the more alarmed I felt.

Despite how much I related to Jules, and the excellent buildup of anxiety, there unfortunately wasn’t a lot about the actual mystery that caught me by surprise.

I found most of the twists were pretty predictable, with fairly obvious foreshadowing. I also feel that this is a sort of story that’s been told before – vulnerable girls getting mixed up with things they shouldn’t, and people taking advantage of them; buildings with secrets, and residents fighting to keep those secrets.

Despite this, I still had a lot of fun reading this book – in some ways, it was formulaic, predictable mystery, but it was satisfying, fast-paced, and easy to get into.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Lock Every Door. It wasn’t perfect or completely original, but it was a satisfying and accessible mystery/thriller novel. I loved the atmosphere, which was emphasized by being able to relate to Jules’ predicament – when I finished it back in September, it was the perfect read to get me in the mood for fall.

Would I recommend it? Yes! If you’re looking for a quick, spooky read with a strong main character and the perfect mystery-novel atmosphere, this is the one for you.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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escapinginpaper | 116 altre recensioni | May 18, 2024 |
Why would Charlie had to punch someone or anybody she shouldn't putting her hands on anyone she wouldn't like it if someone punched her she would complain about it to somebody and cause they annoy you that isn't really nice to do to people. Maybe some people like to watch the same tv shows especially if it's reruns of old tv shows or maybe they find comfort in a old tv shows, movies can be little boring after awhile. I like how Riley Sager mentions my homestate which was and always will be New Jersey. If Charlie didn't trust Josh who was a stranger to her maybe she shouldn't have gotten in the car with him instead she should have taken the bus to Ohio. Before moving to Pennsylania I have into the Poconos by the the Delware Water Gap once in a while and I still take the Delware Water Gap once in a while if I am going to New Jersey. I also liked how Riley Sager mentions old hollywood actors like Rita Heyworth, to Marlon Brando to my favorite actress of all time Audrey Hepburn. I wonder what part of a small town in the Poconos was Maddy was from? And then Riley mentions my all-time favorite band and also from New Jersey Bon Jovi and which I call them my Jersey boys. Charlie doesn't seem like a good friend too Maddy for leaving her by herself and should be feeling guilty for leaving Maddy to die alone.

Why would Josh lie about the person he was because Charlie found a wallet with a different license with a different name on in that wasn't Jake. Who would ask a weird question about what is your favorite building on the college campus I think that question was odd to ask someone I don't think people would have a favorite building unless it's the library. Delware Water Gap is in Pennsylvania where do you think it is? It's not in New Jersey and Josh was not the one who killed Maddy the way Charlie keeps thinking that way.

I wouldn't want to help out some girl that I didn't know and was acting crazy and talking to herself when no one else wasn't in the bathroom and who was out of her mind seeing things that aren't there. I would be calling the cops on her not trying catch a ride with me and what if she tried to killed me. There was another person that was mentioned in the book and that person was Bing Crosby a favorite cooner. Maybe it's the middle of the night is why Charlie didn't see other cars around on the road.

Charlie seriously needs to realize that Josh wasn't the one that didn't do a thing to Maddy and I doubt Josh even know who Maddy was and If Charlie didn't still feel comfortable being in the same car with Josh then why did she get into the car with me since she doesn't know him all that will or never saw before does Charlie know that saying don't get into cars with strangers.

And I had a feeling about that Marge had something to do with what has been going on and see Charlie proved herself wrong about Josh being a campus killer and it's was probably Marge who had Maddy and was a campus killer.

Marge Maddy's grandmother was kinda creepy how could Charlie know who killed Maddy if Charlie wasn't there, why does Marge has to hurt or kill Charlie that doesn't sound good to Marge even thou she had months to live. How does Marge want Charlie to remember who killed if she didn't see the person's face. I don't think Maddy would want her grandmother to kill someone especially Charlie and Josh who was innocent in this madness with Marge.

It sounds like Robbie is the one that had to do with killing Maddy and apparently killing of other girls not just Maddy because of Charlie found a box in the glove compartment with Maddy's and the other girls tooth and seems like Robbie wanted to do the same to Charlie that's when she should have had her guard up. I'm was glad that Josh well seems like his real name was Jake made out alive and also Charlie I gave this one once again even thou I read this once before a 4 stars.
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kellykelly6 | 56 altre recensioni | May 16, 2024 |
So twisty and turny it was amazing! The last 100 pages had me saying OMG WHAT the entire time. Definitely reading more of Riley Sager mhm.
 
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beanskays | 34 altre recensioni | May 14, 2024 |
Wow, just...wow. This was such an interesting and gripping read! I was never bored or complacent with this story. I kept trying to race against the story to see if I could figure it out, but no, I did not. *party favor noisemaker blowout noise* I did suspect something amiss with the intentions of some characters, but didn't figure it out before the reveal at the end.

The writing was good and flowed really well. The plot and characters were well thought out and complex; lots of psychological elements to many of the characters as well a the story. Even the characters who aren't "present" throughout the past and present events had more depth than some of the characters I've read in other decent books.

Full review: wanderinglectiophile.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/review-final-girls-by-riley-sager/
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RochelleJones | 144 altre recensioni | Apr 5, 2024 |

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