Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book) and gets me talking about books I have just started (or want to start very soon).
Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):
First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”
This week I started:
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
Oooooh! We ’bout to spill a little tea here! I’m gunna give it to ya straight, I hated Sager’s “debut,” The Final Girls. The premise? Fucking awesome. The actual product? A mess. The characters were awful, the plot was sloppy, it was just nothing what I wanted it to be. Guys, I rated it 2 stars. But I finished it, so that was at least something. Then The Last Time I Lied came out, and I kid you not, I read the synopsis before seeing the author’s name and auto-bought it. I was in the mood for a creepy summer book and that checked all the boxes. When I realized Sager’s name on the cover, I became very skeptical, but tried it anyway. This one went much better for me but still was very very slow, which a lot of people complained about. The ending though really got me, and pushed it from a 3 to a 4 star rating.
Here we are today with Lock Every Door. I decided to not know anything about the story going into it, so I didn’t read the synopsis. I have also been actively avoiding reviews of it, so as to not dampen my experience. However, a few review titles lead me to believe this is another one, much to be desired. But we’ll see.
As it stands now, I am 80 pages in, with 5 days left until the “big event.” The small pieces I have gotten about what happens after are really making me hungry to find out what happens, so I have been reading it pretty quickly so far. But if history is an indicator, I am in for a very long and dull book with a big, exciting ending. All that aside though, judging by my initial experience reading it so far, I’d say I am looking at another 4 star read from Sager.
Have you read any Riley Sager books? Is there an author that you keep striking out with, but can’t help but pick up their books? Let’s chat in the comments about authors we can’t leave alone, despite our luke warm feelings.