Fans of thrillers: these are all the Riley Sager Books ranked with reviews! I have read all of the books by Riley Sager, so I can attest to what they are all about and exactly who the author Riley Sager books are best for. So, let’s get to it!
I read my first of the books by Riley Sager earlier this year, and I was hooked! Despite being such an avid reader, I am VERY critical of thrillers. I often find them to be too predictable or the characters to be too sinister (and not multi-faceted).
But, there was something about the thrillers by author Riley Sager that was so readable, with such unique storylines and complex characters. While they aren’t personally my favorite books ever, I just genuinely enjoyed the books by Riley Sager and became determined to read them all and post all the best Riley Sager books ranked with reviews.
What also compelled me to write this post is that as beloved a thriller writer as author Riley Sager is, over on Bookstagram, it seems everyone has a different favorite and least favorite, and strong opinions to go along with it! This is so fascinating to me.
Since people feel so differently about his books, I truly believe you should take this post of all the best Riley Sager books ranked with reviews with a grain of salt! Read the descriptions of the books by Riley Sager and just see what appeals most to you! And, feel free to tell me when you disagree — in the book world, we all connect differently to different books and that’s ok!
Now, onto all the best Riley Sager books ranked with reviews. I have also included a list of the books by Riley Sager in order and books like Riley Sager for further reading.
But first, a frequently asked question about author Riley Sager…
Who is Riley Sager (pseudonym)?
Riley Sager is the pseudonym for Todd Ritter. He is an American author of thriller novels, who has also used the pseudonym Alan Finn. He is from Pennsylvania and previously worked as a journalist, editor, and graphic designer.
The New Riley Sager Book
The new Riley Sager book release date: June 29, 2021
In the new Riley Sager book Survive the Night, it’s November 1991, and movie-obsessed college student Charlie is in a car with Josh, a man who might be a serial killer. They met via a campus board, both looking to share the drive home to Ohio.
Charlie is wracked with guilt and grief over the murder of her best friend — the third victim of the Campus Killer. Josh claims to be heading home to care for his sick father. There’s something suspicious about Josh and, as they travel across the highway in the dead of night, she begins to think she’s sharing a car with the Campus Killer.
What follows is a game of cat and mouse played out during an age when the only call for help can be made on a payphone and in a place where there’s nowhere to run.
I’m hearing excellent advanced praise for the new Riley Sager book!
Riley Sager Books Ranked
Home Before Dark
Best for fans of ghost stories
My Ranking: #1 // Read more reviews on Amazon
In Home Before Dark, a woman named Maggie returns to her childhood house, made famous by her father’s bestselling memoir describing it as a haunted house of horrors, with a sordid trail of deaths within its walls. Maggie’s family fled the house after living there only three weeks after a series of ghostly encounters.
Skeptical Maggie was only 5 at the time and remembers nothing, as she makes plans to renovate and sell the home. After a grizzly discovery, the house gains notoriety once again as Maggie goes on a quest to determine the true history of the horrors described in her father’s book, and dark secrets are revealed.
Home Before Dark feels like both a slow burn and a page-turner at the same time. The ending surprised me, and it truly delivered. I enjoyed the concept of a “haunted house” book, which I have never read before, and I also enjoyed reading the perspectives of both Maggie’s adult story and her father’s book, the chapters of which are sprinkled throughout Home Before Dark.
While some readers hated the “ghost” descriptions, I thought Sager explained them in retrospect in the end in a way that made sense.
And, like many have been saying, you will never think of The Sound of Music the same way again.
Lock Every Door
Best for fans of unexpected plot twists
My Ranking: #2 // Read more reviews on Amazon
In Lock Every Door, twentysomething, orphaned, newly single and down-on-her-luck Jules feels like she won the lottery when she gets a job apartment sitting at the renowned New York City building, The Bartholemew.
But the building’s rules are odd: No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other rich and famous residents.
Then, things get even weirder when another apartment sitter in the building goes missing and leaves behind a note: Be careful.
In her quest to find Ingrid, Jules digs into the building’s sordid past, which catches up with the present and leaves her fighting for her life.
I loved the descriptions of the historic building in Lock Every Door and, while there was a major twist I wasn’t expecting, I did suspect the main “culprit” halfway through. I also hoped for more resolution about Jules’ past. Overall, though, it was hard to decide between this and Home Before Dark as my top pick!
Best for fans of thrills
Ranking: #3 // Read more reviews on Amazon
In Final Girls, Quincy Carpenter became a member of the so-called “Final Girls Club” ten years earlier, when she went on a vacation with friends in college and was the only survivor of a horrific murder massacre.
There are two other members of this club: Lisa, whose nine sorority sisters succumbed to a college dropout’s knife, and Sam, who fought and survived against the “Sack Man” during a shift at the Nightlight Inn. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Flash forward ten years, and Quincy has an apartment, a popular baking blog, a boyfriend, and lastly, a trusted friend in the police officer who had saved her life during the massacre. In fact, her memory won’t even recall the events of that night.
Then, Lisa is found dead and Sam appears at Quincy’s doorstep. Sam’s presence and the circumstances surrounding Lisa’s death force Quincy to face the past — with a whirlwind of consequences and suspense.
I found Final Girls to be really engaging and unique, and I was unable to guess the ending, which is always a plus for me. I found Sam’s character to be a bit annoying in constantly pushing boundaries with Quincy, but overall, I really enjoyed this thriller, and would definitely recommend it!
The Last Time I Lied
Best for fans of solving mysteries
Ranking: #4 // Read more reviews on Amazon
The Last Time I Lied is the story of the game “Two Truths and a Lie” gone wrong. A group of girls played it as teenagers in their cabin at Camp Nightingale. But the game ended the night Emma watched from the bed as the others snuck out of their cabin into the darkness. They disappeared without a trace.
Over a decade later, Emma is a rising artist in New York art, painting massive canvases of her vanished bunkmates. When the owner of Camp Nightingale learns this, she invites Emma to return to the newly reopened camp as a painting instructor. Seeing an opportunity to find out what really happened to the girls all those years ago, Emma agrees.
Upon arriving at Camp Nightingale, Emma finds familiar faces and is even assigned to the same cabin. But when strange things start happening, she finds that digging into the past can cause serious threats in the present. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more she realizes it may come at a deadly price.
I really enjoyed The Last Time I Lied overall, BUT I was able to guess “what happened” very close to the beginning, and there was an additional plot twist at the very end that I found to lack believability.
Riley Sager Books In Order
If you prefer to read the books by Riley Sager in order, below is a chronoligical list:
- Final Girls (2017)
- The Last Time I Lied (2018)
- Lock Every Door (2019)
- Home Before Dark (2020)
- Survive the Night (2021)
However, you do not have to read the books by Riley Sager in order.
Books Like Riley Sager
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Those are ALL the Riley Sager books ranked with reviews! Do you agree or disagree?! Let me know!
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