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review 2019-09-16 08:04
Kann nicht an „Final Girls“ ansetzen
Schwarzer See - Riley Sager


Emma Davis ist Künstlerin und steht am Beginn einer großen Karriere. Niemand ahnt, dass sie in ihren Bildern eine traumatische Erinnerung verarbeitet. Vor 15 Jahren hat sie im Sommercamp in den Wäldern am Lake Midnight etwas Furchtbares erlebt: Ihre drei Freundinnen verschwanden eines Nachts, man fand keinerlei Spuren. Jetzt kehrt Emma zurück an den schwarzen See. So schön die Umgebung, so beklemmend ist die Atmosphäre im Camp. Und dann scheint sich die Geschichte zu wiederholen: Erneut verschwinden drei Mädchen. Doch Emma ist fest entschlossen, sie zu finden − und endlich herauszubekommen, was damals geschah. 


Meine Meinung

Lange habe ich mich auf ein neues Buch von Riley Sager gefreut, da mir „Final Girls“ damals super gefallen hat.

Als ich dieses Buch entdeckt habe, war schnell klar, dass ich wieder zu diesem Autor greifen möchte. Der Klappentext klang spannend und mysteriös und auch die Optik des Buches kann mich wieder für sich einnehmen.


Ein Gefühl, welches mich fast durchgängig im Buch begleitet hat, war, dass ich einfach mit der Protagonistin Emma nicht warm geworden bin. Ich empfand beim Lesen einfach nichts, was ihre Person und ihre Geschichte anging.


Was beim Lesen sofort durchkommt, ist das Mysteriöse. Auch wenn die Erzählerin mich nicht packen konnte, schafft es der Autor eine durchweg düstere und beklemmende Atmosphäre zu erschaffen. Für einen Thriller dieser Art, war das Camp am Lake Midnight das perfekte Setting.


Was geschah damals mit Vivian, Natalie und Allison?

Ich hatte beim Lesen wirklich keine Ahnung, warum und durch wen diese drei Mädchen vor 15 Jahren verschwunden sind. Der Autor konnte also die Spannung halten, aber ob das Buch auch den perfekten Spannungsbogen hatte, muss wohl jeder Leser für sich selbst entscheiden.


Das Buch wird auf zwei Zeitebenen erzählt. Zum einen erfahren wir die Geschichte im Camp vor 15 Jahren und da Emma auch in der Gegenwart zurück ins Camp kehrt, wiederholt sich die grausige Geschichte auch in der Gegenwart nochmal.

Dieser stete Wechsel hat mir gefallen.


Mit der Auflösung hätte ich nicht gerechnet. Der Bogen dahin war gut, aber für mich fast etwas zu mystisch.


Mein Fazit

Vom Schreibstil und der Atmosphäre kann ich dieses Buch wieder empfehlen.

Ich hatte dieses Mal persönlich ein Problem mit der erzählenden Figur Emma.

Ich kann auch eine Woche nach Beendigung des Buches noch nicht sagen, was mich so sehr an ihr gestört hat.

Auch wenn mich „Schwarzer See“ nicht so begeistern konnte, wie „Final Girls“ freue ich mich auf mehr des Autors!


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review 2019-09-14 17:41
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for Final Girls by Riley Sager
Final Girls: A Novel - Riley Sager




Mystery Thriller
The Final Girl Standing
Twisted and Twisty
Slasher Story
Unlikable & Flawed Characters
You Totally Got Me With Your Twist
Audio Performed by Erin Bennet & Hilary Huber









Before starting this, I was worried that it might prove to be too scary for me...I'm not a scary movie enthusiast after all. There was one point where I did get a tad freaked out...but overall it didn't end up freaking me out too much. I was happy that the focus of this story wasn't the systematic killing of Quincy's friends.


It was so much more than that.


I perused quite a few reviews where some said they guessed the ending right from the beginning...I, on the other hand, was completely thrown by the ending. I didn't see anything that was revealed throughout the story, actually. I felt like the only real issue not addressed was Quincy's anger management, because she has one helluva problem there.


While the book starts out kind of slow, eventually there is so much being revealed, you can barely keep up. Told in alternating POV's from present time to flashbacks of the past at Pine Cottage where Quincy's friends were all killed, the effect is staggering.

With a different narrator for each, the past and the present, the narration is very well executed.





Plot⇢ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇢ 5/5
Characters⇢ 4.3/5
The Feels⇢ 5/5
Pacing⇢ 4.5/5
Addictiveness⇢ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇢ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇢ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇢ 5/5
Originality⇢ 5/5
Ending⇢ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇢ Not really...


Book Cover⇢ The slash marks are cleverly done...but otherwise it's boring.
Setting⇢ New York & Pine Cottage
Source⇢ Audiobook (Library)
Length⇢ 12 hours, 24 minutes



I Read This For Slasher Stories Square



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review 2019-08-28 15:41
Lock Every Door
Lock Every Door - Riley Sager
Lock every door, if only that were the answer. I found myself, burning the midnight oil, racing through the final pages of this book. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to sleep until I read the final sentence of this book, for that would finally put my mind at ease.
I liked how the story started out; giving me a glimpse into the character’s current situation and then, I was slowly introduced into the rest of the story-line. Day-by-day the details intensified until I was completely under the books control. What happens when I finally got caught up to what was presently occurring in the book, I really didn’t care, for I was really enjoying the suspense in this book and trying to figure out some questions that I had. This large novel was becoming smaller by the minute!
When Jules took the job as a house sitter at the Bartholomew, I didn’t know what to expect. Making $12,000 for 3 months of house-sitting was quite extraordinary but depending on the circumstances, that amount of money might just be right for some people. The rules that Jules had to abide by were crazy but again, they were only for 3 months. The no talking to anyone at the complex unless they spoke to you first rule was one rule that I would have a really hard time abiding by. I’m a talker and I like to make eye-contact, so no talking would mean I would probably have to look at the floor so I am not tempted to say something. Talk about antisocial behavior.
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review 2019-07-11 05:24
Lock Every Door
Lock Every Door - Riley Sager

Lock Every Door felt a little like a trip inside a Hitchcock story. It has a haunting atmosphere and a steadily rising tension that kept me turning those pages to see where it would all go. It's a slow burn story, and so many seemingly innocuous things happen that it's easy to slip into a comfortable, easy feeling. Then, we go back to present day and Jules' circumstances snap us back into that feeling of unease, of guessing what led to those circumstances. Now, here's where I tell you that I'm hard to get. I usually see the big reveal coming at least in part. Not this time. Not even an inkling. And I hate to admit it, but there were hints. It's one of those hindsight things. It was all crystal clear once I knew the secret. There were so many way this one could have gone, and I thought I had guessed all of them. Nope, that reveal sneaked right up on me. I love it when that happens! All in all, this one is another great read from Riley Sager. It's atmospheric, filled with creepy characters, and the more you read, the faster you want to read. 

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review 2019-07-08 11:07
Lock Every Door - Riley Sager





When it comes to 'must-read' authors for me, Riley Sager is one of them. I was fortunate enough to be one of the early readers for his first thriller FINAL GIRLS, and I suddenly had found a new favorite author.

I was then lucky enough to be an early reader and be the blog tour for his second book, THE LAST TIME I LIED, and I was a certified obsessed fan of Sager's writing.

My biggest problem is that I read his books too quickly.


His books, which are fast-paced thrillers with gutsy young women as protagonists, have quickly made him a best-selling novelist and a three-time Book Of The Month (BOTM) author.

His new book, 'LOCK EVERY DOOR’ is said to be inspired by his love of the old Gothic apartment buildings in Manhattan, and from the opening dedication to the great Ira Levin, who wrote the brilliant 'Rosemary's Baby' (a favorite of mine, which was adapted into the one of the most iconic horror films of all time), the scene is set and you WILL be sucked in.


Read ahead to find out more about Riley’s newest exciting thriller, reminiscent of the classic horror movie, but with a decidedly modern twist.







Release Date: July 2nd, 2019

Dutton Books, Hardcover, 371 pages

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No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, all of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen's new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan's most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When 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 . . . until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid's disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew's dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building's hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.




It probably comes as no surprise that I’m going to say that this is a must-read. It’s a little hard to talk about it without giving too much away but I’ll do my best.


‘LOCK EVERY DOOR’ starts with twenty five-year old Jules experiencing some kind of emergency and frantic that she not return to the Bartholomew.


We then transition to six days earlier to when she first is shown the huge, exclusive, and very private apartment inside that very building that she will end up living in, as an apartment-sitter, and being PAID to do so. For someone who was basically homeless, jobless, and penniless when you compare her to the residents of the opulent Bartholomew, this seems too good to be true. Usually when you suspect that’s the case, you’re probably right.


Jules Larsen is relatable to anyone who has been in a position where they would consider taking on the responsibility of apartment-sitting in exchange for having contact with the outside world; just having a decent place to live can be a great motivator in these times so I found myself completely understanding why Jules would do this. Shedding her old life and being willing to try something new feels hopeful but a bit naive, but blameless. It would probably be pretty bloody hard to resist living in a huge apartment in one of the oldest buildings in Manhattan overlooking Central Park, no matter the circumstances (or gargoyles outside your window). Cutting yourself from the real world, except for access to the internet, when things go badly feels so 2019. 


Sager moves on from setting the stage for Jules’ exciting new chapter to presenting the reader with a cast of characters, all with unforgettable personalities and quirks. The Bartholomew itself is an undeniable presence as well, with its dumbwaiters, patterned wallpaper, old-fashioned elevators, iron floor vents, spiral staircases, and complete with front doorman, and it’s hard not to picture the infamous Dakota building in New York City (which inspired Sager, and is where ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ was filmed). Such a building seems like it would be a marvel, as well as terrifying. 


The building changes from being a refuge and a place that fascinates, to somewhere that Jules feels trapped, and the other occupants either end up missing or are acting strangely. Her isolation suddenly becomes suffocating, she realizes she must discover the truth, uncover the secrets of the Bartholomew, and fight like a ‘final girl’ to get herself out. Like Rosemary, she experiences moments of clarity interspersed with those abject fear, and sometimes has to question her own sanity because of the environment she is in.


There is real genius to creating a quiet atmosphere of dread that can felt on every page, one of panic, suffocation and confusion, and it’s why this psychological thriller is perfect horror. When the real world takes away your safety nets, it can be terrifying, and this book made me think about that, maybe because I’m going through similar things right now; as humans, we need basics like a home, food, as well as connection to others. When the rug is pulled out from underneath you, it really can be terrifying. You don’t have to have someone chasing you with a knife for you to want to scream and cry and run. 


‘LOCK EVERY DOOR’ is quite unlike his other two books, this time paying distinct homage to an iconic horror story, but needless to say, this is trademark Sager. He has a distinct voice that makes you want to devour his books in one sitting, and unlike when I read his first book and was encouraging fellow readers to pick it up, having not heard of him yet, I’m sure this one will fly off the shelves. Plus it’s pink and black, so it’s utterly perfect, you can’t miss it.




There is an amazing giveaway to go along with this blog tour; there are SEVEN COPIES of LOCK EVERY DOOR by RILEY SAGER up for grabs, so make sure to enter. US ONLY.






Riley Sager is the award-winning 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 international 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 in 2018 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. 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 television adaptation is being developed by Amazon Studios.

His next book, LOCK EVERY DOOR, inspired by a lifelong fascination with the grand apartment buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, will be published in July.

A native of Pennsylvania, Riley now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. When he's not writing, 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."

Website: www.rileysagerbooks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rileysagerbooks
Twitter: @Riley_Sager


If you are lucky enough to be near any of these bookstores next week (7/8- - 7/11/19), Riley Sager is ON TOUR. I'm sad he won't be anywhere near me, so don't you dare pass this up if you are close! You can still call the stores and order the books for signing.



Thanks for having me on the blog tour again, Fantastic Flying Book Club!



*Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an early copy of the book for review.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/41837243-lock-every-door
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