Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Two Halloween Reads

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager 

When I got approved for this ARC, I was at work and literally screamed, scaring a few coworkers. 

One of my favorite books last year was Final Girls by Riley Sager & I was really looking forward to their next book, The Last Time I Lied. It was hands down my most anticipated read of 2018 and it did not disappoint. 

The story centers around Emma Davis, who watched her bunk mates at summer camp leave in the middle of the night. Vivian, Natalie, & Allison were never seen again. Now Emma is an adult who paints haunting images hiding the figures of the 3 missing girls. The owner of the camp asks Emma to return as a painting instructor for the summer and she uses this as an opportunity to find out what really happened to her friends. 

This books was so spooky. I felt some Camp Crystal Lake vibes for sure. I don’t think you can have a book set at a summer camp without those vibes. Plus the mystery of the family who owns the camp and what happened to Emma’s friends. I enjoyed the alternating views, from present day to the past, all leading up to finding out what happened that night the girls disappeared. 

I read this book in one day. I literally could not put it down. I do think Final Girls hit more on the horror themes I enjoy and this one was more in the mystery/thriller genre, but it was still a solid spooky read that was obviously inspired by the horror genre. Riley Sager has cemented themselves as a must buy for me now. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage 

When I got a copy of Baby Teeth in the mail, I was instantly intrigued. The cover was interesting and the description sounded pretty creepy. Then I read it and it was one of the most frightening books I’ve ever read. 

The book follows Suzette, a mother who loves her daughter but is worn down by homeschooling and Hanna’s violent outbursts, mostly aimed at Suzette and hidden from Suzette’s husband. Hanna is incredibly sneaky & manipulative for a 7 year old. Oh yeah and she doesn’t talk. Unless it’s to tell her mom she’s the spirit of a witch who is there to kill her. 

As a parent, this was hard to read. It was like all your worst nightmares coming true. A child you wanted who seems to want you out of the picture. The chapters from Hanna’s perspective were chilling and I felt so creeped out while reading this. 

I would highly recommend this if you are looking for something kind of creepy to read for Halloween. I honestly think about this book every few weeks, so you know it’s good if I can’t stop thinking about it. 

*Both books were given to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review* 

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