Today’s First Line Friday was a new release this past July. It is the debut of Riley Sager, which is a pseudonym of a previously published author. I recently received this as an add on with Book of the Month. I had been wanting to get this one and the additional book was $9.99 for a hardback, which is cheaper than getting it on Amazon. So I grabbed it!!!!
My hands are covered in frosting when Jeff calls.
FIRST THERE WERE THREE.
THEN THERE WERE TWO.
CAN THERE ONLY EVER BE ONE FINAL GIRL?
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.
Author: Cyn Balog
Published: November 7, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
When her mom inherits an old, crumbling mansion, Seda’s almost excited to spend the summer there. The grounds are beautiful and it’s fun to explore the sprawling house with its creepy rooms and secret passages. Except now her mom wants to renovate, rather than sell the estate―which means they’re not going back to the city…or Seda’s friends and school. As the days grow shorter, Seda is filled with dread. They’re about to be cut off from the outside world, and she’s not sure she can handle the solitude or the darkness it brings out in her. Then a group of teens get stranded near the mansion during a blizzard. Seda has no choice but to offer them shelter, even though she knows danger lurks in the dilapidated mansion―and in herself. And as the snow continues to fall, what Seda fears most is about to become her reality…
Holy. Crap. I was speechless after closing this book. And I’ve been procrastinating writing this review because I really don’t know what to say. All the things I want to say will give away too much so I can’t say any of it! There are so many twists and turns in this book, the atmosphere is creepy, yet again I had to turn lights on while reading it . . . I mean dang! I really have nothing bad to say about this book. I read it in one day and I had the shivers after finishing it.
My husband is a horror freak. His DVD shelf is filled with horror movies that range from classic Dracula and Frankenstein to Nightmare on Elm Street to random old-time movies that no one but other horror freaks have ever heard of. As soon as I was done with Alone, I told Ivan that he needs to read it.
I really wish I could say more in this review and it feels so incomplete, but all I can say is that this is a great book and you should read it. Ok, let me try: Seda is a character I enjoyed, the twins were funny, Mom sounds cool, and the story was fascinating and page-turning. That’s it, I can’t say anymore! This is the perfect book for that teen that you’re trying to get into books. Horror freaks will love this book. I would recommend Alone to pretty much everybody![Top]
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Published: August 18, 2015
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
Twelve years ago Stella and Jeanie vanished while picking strawberries. Stella returned minutes later, with no memory of what happened. Jeanie was never seen or heard from again. Now Stella is seventeen, and she’s over it. She’s the lucky one who survived, and sure, the case is still cloaked in mystery—and it’s her small town’s ugly legacy—but Stella is focused on the coming summer. She’s got a great best friend, a hookup with an irresistibly crooked smile, and two months of beach days stretching out before her. Then along comes a corpse, a little girl who washes up in an ancient cemetery after a mudslide, and who has red hair just like Jeanie did. Suddenly memories of that haunting day begin to return, and when Stella discovers that other red-headed girls have gone missing as well, she begins to suspect that something sinister is at work. And before the summer ends, Stella will learn the hard way that if you hunt for monsters, you will find them.
This was a really good book! I got this book for Christmas in 2016 and I finally picked it up and I’m so glad I did. Let’s start with the amazing cover; it captures the spirit of the story perfectly! And all the characters were very likeable. Stella is a typical teenager who happened to walk away from a kidnapping when she was younger, but unlike many characters I’ve read, she didn’t let it cripple her life. She did her best to get over it and took it all in stride when others brought it up.
Zoey is someone that I would hate in real life, but somehow, I couldn’t hate her in this book. Although popularity is her number one priority, her loyalty and love for her friends is redeeming. Sam is one of my favorite characters. He could be put in an adult book and fit in just fine. His maturity was refreshing in a young adult book. I was also intrigued by the story and the mystery. I honestly had no idea who was responsible for Jeanie’s kidnapping until they came forward and admitted it to Stella.
I will admit that by the end, I was saying “oh be done already!” because the author dragged the story out a bit too long after the mystery was solved. But other than that, I liked this book a lot! There is some language and one vague adult scene, so I would reserve this for older teens. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an interesting mystery![Top]