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Every person, especially artists, needs a calming influence. For me, that person is Marc Stewart. My voice of reason. My best friend. My probable husband if not for the fact that we both like men.
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review 2018-07-13 16:20
BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: 'The Last Time I Lied' by Riley Sager
The Last Time I Lied - Riley Sager

 

So Excited. That's been me since I discovered one of my most favorite thriller authors back when I read 'Final Girls', with its flashy red and black cover, back in the first week of July of 2017. I now like to pretend that author Riley Sager is releasing his books in time for my birthday each year, even though this time I was one of the lucky ones to get to read the book early.

This time I had to save my review for this tour, and deliberately chose this date (Friday the 13th), since it's the end of the tour, and so I could play around with some horror movie and books in my post. How could I not, when the plot of the book is set at summer camp in the woods, just like one of the most iconic horror movies of all time?!

 

And I'll unashamedly say right now that after finishing this book, the first two words out of my mouth (and originally onto social media, along with 5 stars), were 'Holy ***p, so you can probably tell I love the book. So with no surprise I can tell you now that the book is already on the New York Times Bestseller list, and has been optioned by Amazon Video to be made into a miniseries (at time of writing). I’m thrilled for Mr. Riley Sager!

 

My post for you below will be a review PLUS a ‘quick chat’ about some of the best horror/thriller novels that have been made into movie adaptations, thanks to the above news. I hope you can dive into the book recommendations! AND GOOD LUCK with the GIVEAWAY!!

 

 

ABOUT RILEY SAGER, THE AUTHOR

Riley Sager is the pseudonym of a former journalist, editor and graphic designer who previously published mysteries under his real name.

 

Now a full-time author, Riley's first thriller, FINAL GIRLS, became a national and interna-tional bestseller and was called "the first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King. Translation rights have been sold in more than two dozen countries and a film version is being developed by Universal Pictures.

 

Riley's second book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, was published July 3rd. It was inspired by the classic novel and film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and one horrible week Riley spent at summer camp when he was ten.

 

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not working on his next novel, he enjoys reading, cooking and going to the movies as much as possible. His favorite film is "Rear Window." Or maybe "Jaws." But probably, if he's being honest, "Mary Poppins."

 

Riley's website is HERE

 

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK, 'The Last Time I Lied' by Riley Sager

Publisher: Dutton Press

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

 

Synopsis:

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the young-est of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she--or anyone--saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

 

Now a rising star in the New York art scene, Emma turns her past into paintings--massive canvases filled with dark leaves and gnarled branches that cover ghostly shapes in white dresses. The paintings catch the attention of Francesca Harris-White, the socialite and wealthy owner of Camp Nightingale. When Francesca implores her to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor, Emma sees an opportunity to try to find out what really happened to her friends.

 

Yet it's immediately clear that all is not right at Camp Nightingale. Already haunted by memories from fifteen years ago, Emma discovers a security camera pointed directly at her cabin, mounting mistrust from Francesca and, most disturbing of all, cryptic clues Vivian left behind about the camp's twisted origins. As she digs deeper, Emma finds herself sorting through lies from the past while facing threats from both man and nature in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth about Camp Nightingale, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.

 

 

 

NOW IT'S MY TURN....

 

So by now, you have had the chance to read the synopsis of the book, and even better, may have already read the book. Usually for my blog tour posts, I do straight reviews, and immediately my response for the book, upon finishing it, I was blown away, and couldnt even write my review as soon as I had finished. I was speechless, and I then uttered a few curse words because Sager has written yet another bloody brilliant book.


In FINAL GIRLS, Sager blew us out of the water with a thriller that focused mainly on two girls , and the very concept that they were the final girls left from slasher killings (even without the book revolving around the killings themselves) was enough to get into the reader‘s psyches and make us all terrified. In THE LAST TIME I LIED, he manages yet again to take the reader to a very vulnerable place, alongside the main character Emma, this time back to when she was a teenager, self-conscious and needing to be accepted, but how could it be worse than back then?

Going back to the same camp as an adult where your friends went missing and you were accused of being responsible for it, that’s how. But Emma is going to figure out what really happened at Camp Nightingale all those years ago (Jason Voorhes had nothing to do with it). The book is absolute brilliance, in terms of pacing, use of different timelines (and we see this as a writing device a lot, but not always done well), depth of characters, and ultimately, the story has the best plot twist I could (never) imagine. One of my best (sorry, Sir Sager) compliments is that I could swear Riley is a female author because he writes female voices so well. I don’t know how he does it. 

 

So I never went to summer camp - this is something kids in America do, I learned this from watching movies and reading teen novels (I grew up up in Hong Kong and England; I’m a Brit, if you don't know this yet), so this American custom fascinated me when I was younger. I definitely didn't play two truths and a lie. Somewhat ironically though, my parents did send me away to boarding school all the way back in England while we lived in Hong Kong (actually at my request).
But I had an early fascination with ghosts and creepy stories, and actually chose my boarding school because of the history of the school, and because I was sure there would be ghosts there; I chose Battle Abbey, the building built by William the Conqueror on the site of his conquest in 1066. My fascination has continued to this day...


And so I wanted to talk about movies AND books (I just so happen to have a film degree and once upon a time, used to work in film production). As I mentioned, I also just happened to have heard the insanely awesome news that THE LAST TIME I LIED has been acquired by Amazon Video to be made into a series, and I couldn't be more excited.

I truly believe some of the best horror and thriller movie adaptations came from the best books that have been written so I want to make some recommendations to end this tour. Especially now that Riley has joined these ranks! Read the book AND watch the movie…

 

 

~ A little bit before going away to Battle Abbey back in the UK, I went to a sleepover and I saw a movie (adapted from a book) that changed me to no end (and made me want to bail and go home). I also just saw that Riley is a big fan of this one too, PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK by Joan Lindsay. About girls at a Victorian boarding school in rural Australia, several girls go missing to never be found ever again when a group goes on a picnic one day out at this huge rock formation. It terrified me. This is a must see and read.


~ Several books on this list will not be a surprise, perhaps because the films are so notorious (as is the author), but that's the thing - go and read the book and you will find out why they were able to make such a successful film: the book was good. You may have seen CARRIE by Stephen King, but have you read it? It's pretty short, just 305 pages (my copy), but the 'Carrie' you read may end up giving you a whole different perspective. First of all, did you know this was Stephen King's first novel?! Such immense talent from the get-go. And another author who was able to connect with his feminine side agnd create a female character that will NEVER be forgotten!


~ Another King book to read that was then filmed (by one of the best directors of all time, Stanley Kubrick), THE SHINING. To get lost in the depths of this book, is to get lost in the recesses of Jack Torrance's mind. The film has been dissected and mimicked, and has now become part of popular culture, but the novel came out a good 3 years before the film; why not read it and see what you make of it today? It reads differently from the film, but you can see why Kubrick (plus the excellent cast, and everyone from production design to location scouts) made couldn’t have gone wrong with this one. 


~ One of my all-time favorites is next: this novel was actually more popular than the film, selling over 4 million copies, making it the best selling novel of the 1960’s, where the success would help launch the "horror boom", where horror fiction would achieve enormous commercial success. Do you know what it is? ROSEMARY’S BABY by Ira Levin. This was Ira's second novel and he knocked it out of the ballpark with a story about a couple who move into a Gothic Revival style New York City apartment building, and end up finding out they are living next to leaders of a Satanic coven. I won't go further than there. I will then say that Roman Polanski's film, made just a year later, in 1968, starring Mia Farrow, is utter movie perfection. Ironically (or not), my son's name is Roman.


~ Last classic to read that has been adapted that basically needs no explanation or introduction, is PSYCHO by Robert Bloch (I choose this over THE EXORCIST, also by Bloch; as much as I love that film, this is a quieter book and film, and the methods by which the directors got their performances were very different, ie. Hitchcock vs. Friedkin).

It’s a much shorter book, and I think most readers will find a this a more satisfying read. Maybe play the soundtrack in the background while reading. That might be more infamous than the books or film for some people.

 

And since it's Friday the 13th, you should guess what I’ll suggest you should watch, even though it’s one of the cheesiest horror flicks out there...that’s right, switch over to Hulu tonight and watch the ‘campy’ horror flick from 1980 that started off a whole slew of horror movies in the same vein, the one and only original, starring Kevin Bacon himself, FRIDAY THE 13TH.  

It actually makes me laugh even though it still makes me jump (number 2 is better, when Jason starts doing the killings - sorry if I spoiled anything). But it will get you in the mood for Camp Nightingale and Riley’s excellent thriller in the woods. 

 

I don’t know what Riley Sager will come up with next time but I’m super appreciative the books release in time for my birthday, and even more so, that we have one of the best thriller writers of our generation right here, right now. Even Stephen King said so, not just me.

 

Now enter to win the book....

 

 

THE GIVEAWAY!!

* This time there's no Rafflecopter or anything like that; there's 1 finished copy per blog— that's right, you can WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK RIGHT HERE! Thank you to Dutton Books.

* US/Canada Only— sorry!!!

* Note: winners may only be chosen ONCE for the tour, meaning each person can only win from one blog and if they win on another blog they are to turn it down or be disqualified completely (you can enter on another blog but only win once).

* Ends: July 20th.

 

* All I would like you to do TO ENTER is a) FOLLOW MY BLOG

   and b) COMMENT below with what your favorite HORROR OR THRILLER MOVIE adaptation IS!!  (is it one of these???)

 

 

*You can follow all the Book Blogs on the tour HERE: The Last Time I Lied Blog Tour SCHEDULE

 

BUY 'The Last Time I Lied' (and 'Final Girls', while you're there)...

*Buy the book on AMAZON

*Buy the book at B&N.com

*Buy the book via Indiebound

 

I love feedback and I can’t wait to read your answers (I’ll be drawing a winner on the 20th)! Let me know what your favorite book is too, if you like.

 

And HAPPY READING, guys!! 

 

 

 

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Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/36750068-the-last-time-i-lied
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review 2018-07-12 10:18
Wärst du auch ein Final Girl?
Final Girls: Thriller - Riley Sager,Christine Blum

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Sie haben die Hölle überlebt. Aber das war erst der Anfang...

Als Einzige hat die Studentin Quincy ein Massaker auf einer Party überlebt. Sie hat jede Erinnerung an damals aus ihrem Gedächtnis gelöscht und sich mühsam ein normales Leben aufgebaut. Zwei andere Frauen, Lisa und Samantha, haben ähnlich Grauenvolles durchgemacht – ein Fest für die Medien, in denen die drei als »Final Girls« bekannt werden. Doch der Horror ist noch lange nicht zu Ende: Lisa wird tot aufgefunden. Ermordet? Der Schlüssel zu allem scheint in dem Massaker in Pine Cottage zu liegen, das nur Quincy überlebte. Angestachelt von Samantha, versucht sie verzweifelt sich zu erinnern, was dort geschah... 

 

Meine Meinung 

Mit diesem Thriller trifft der Dtv Verlag und natürlich auch der Autor Riley Sager genau meinen Geschmack. Als ich das Cover sah und den zugehörigen Klappentext las, war mir das sofort klar.

Auch wenn einige bei folgender Aussage schmunzeln oder den Kopf schütteln werden, kann ich von mir sagen, dass ich die Ambitionen zu einem Final Girl hätte.

 

Im Buch selbst ist die Rede von drei Final Girls.

Jede der jungen Frauen hat ein Massaker überlebt.

Lisa überlebte ein Massaker in ihrem Studentenwohnheim.

Samantha überlebte vier Jahre später den Angriff des Sackmanns.

Und weitere acht Jahre später entkam die 19- jährige Quincy als Einzige dem Pine Cottage- Massaker.

 

Viele Jahre liegen dazwischen, aber alle drei Frauen haben ihre ganz persönliche, schreckliche Geschichte zu erzählen, werden von bösen Erinnerungen verfolgt und von den Medien als Final Girls bezeichnet, die Einzigen, die überlebten.

 

Beim Lesen fielen mir des Öfteren Ähnlichkeiten zu typischen Horrorfilmen auf.

Für mich allerdings kein Punkt, der hier negativ auffällt. Auch in den Filmen überlebt meist nur eine Figur. Und ab den ersten Szenen rätsele ich bereits immer, wer dies sein könnte. Pine Cottage erinnert mich zu dem an ein typisches Setting in einem Horrorfilm. Euch sei an dieser Stelle nochmal gesagt:

Fahrt niemals mit einer Clique in einen tiefen Wald, in eine verlassene Hütte, um euch dort mit Alkohol und Drogen die perfekte Party zu geben.

 

Quincy als Hauptfigur in dieser Geschichte gefiel mir super.

Man merkt sehr gut, dass der Autor sich vor allem bei ihrer Charakterdarstellung besonders viel Mühe gegeben hat. Es sind die Feinheiten, die ihre Person zu etwas Interessantem machen.

Seit dem Massaker von Pine Cottage kann Quincy sich an nichts erinnern. Erst als sie blutüberströmt in den Armen eines Polizisten lag, setzen ihre Erinnerungen wieder ein. Dann hat sie diese Macke Dinge zu sammeln und zu stehlen, in denen sie sich spielgelt, um sich zu vergewissern, dass sie noch da ist. Und ein fast tägliches Ritual ist die Pille Xanax mit einem Schluck Traubenschorle.

 

Der Autor wechselt in seinem Roman zwischen zwei Handlungsperspektiven.

Zum einen erlebt man als Leser mit Quincy die Zeit nach Pine Cottage, zum anderen versetzt uns der Autor 10 Jahre zurück, als die Clique um Quincy sich aufmacht zur Waldhütte namens Pine Cottage. Auch dieser Wechsel gefiel mir unglaublich gut. Den Strang in der Vergangenheit nutzt der Autor, um nach und nach Licht in Quincys Amnesie zu bringen. Gefühlt weiß man als Leser eher was gestehen ist, als Quincy selbst.

 

Aber in diesem Thriller geht es nicht nur um Quincy. Wie es der Titel verrät, geht es um alle drei Final Girls. Nach einem schrecklichen Vorfall sind sämtliche Ohren und Augen gespitzt, Gefahr liegt in der Luft.

Riley Sager spielt in dem Buch mit der Täter- und Opferrolle der einzelnen Figuren.

Sowohl in der Gegenwart, als auch in der Vergangenheit konnte er ordentlich für Verwirrung sorgen und trotz vieler kleiner Details einen guten Bogen schlagen.

 

„Ich will dir beibringen, ein Final Girl zu sein.“

(S. 413)

 

Hinsichtlich der Spannung konnte man einen Unterschied zwischen den beiden Zeitebenen spüren. In Pine Cottage konnte man förmlich das nahende Ende anfassen, die Luft brannte und ich wollte da einfach nicht weg. Durch die Amnesie der Hauptfigur, ist man als Leser einfach über jedes Fuzelchen von Information dankbar.

In der Gegenwart war lediglich eine Gefahr spürbar, die Seiten an sich haben sich allerdings deutlich entspannter lesen lassen. Aber dafür überzeugt der Autor in der Gegenwart mit etlichen Wendungen und Überraschungsmomenten.

 

Mein Fazit

Riley Sager stellt uns mit „Final Girls“ sein Debüt vor.

Nach diesem Thriller, der auf jeden Fall Lust auf mehr macht, werde ich die Augen nach der deutschen Veröffentlichung seines zweiten Thrillers „The Last Time I Lied“ offen halten.

Dieses Buch ist für mich optisch ein absolutes Highlight.

Schlicht, mit großer Schrift und prägnanten Farben sticht einem das Cover förmlich in die Augen.

Für alle Thriller-Fans eine ganz klare Leseempfehlung.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-02 20:37
Book Review : Final girl Riley Sager
Final Girls - Riley Sager

 April 23- June 23

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. 

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.


Review : This book was crazy this is about Quincy and 10 years ago escaped being killed while all her friends died at pine cottage then one of the final girls died and another final girl shows up at her door. who is kinda fucked up and tries to get Quincy to deal with her pain of pine cottage . I loved how it had flashbacks to pine cottage going up to the killing of her friends and I will say I did not see what came coming . Sam meets coup who is Quincy cop friend who has a thing for Quincy . I didn't like Quincy's boyfriend I don't think they were right for each other I'm glad they broke up . Quincy actually sleeps with coup which wow . It turns out Lisa didn't kill herself she was murdered . Quincy asked the reporter to look into Sam and he does she's not sam she's actually tina who killed her stepfather who was touching her . Sam takes her hostage and gets her to actually remember what happened at pine cottage Joe didn't kill Quincy's friends it was Coup who saved her oh my freaking god he has a thing for killing girls he killed Lisa and the real Sam . Quincy kills Coup . Quincy gets a tattoo and hears about a killing where only one girl survives and goes to her to teach her to be a final girl . 

Quotes : I'm a fucking final girl”

Baking is a science, as rigorous as chemistry or physics. There are rules that must be followed. Too much of one thing and not enough of another can lead to ruin. I find comfort in this. Outside, the world is an unruly place where men prowl with sharpened knives. In baking, there is only order.” 

If he did,” I say, “Coop’s too much of a gentleman to make a big deal out of it.” “Gentleman?” Sam says. “He’s a cop. From my experience, they fuck like jackhammers.”

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-30 04:45
June wrap-up 2018
Shacking Up - Helena Hunting
Getting down - Helena Hunting
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku vol 2 - Maki Fujita
Final Girls - Riley Sager
The Couple Next Door - Shari Lapena
Needing him - Kennedy Fox

3  romance

1  manga

2  thrillers  

2  library  books  

4  audio books

3  kindle  books  

 

 

 

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