Riley Sager is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels full of twists and turns that have you second-guessing everything until the very last page. His first novel, Final Girls, won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel, and his next page-turner, The Only One Left, comes out June 30.
Sager’s newest novel is inspired by the Lizzie Borden case as the 1929 Hope family murders leave a coastal town in shock and disbelief. Seventeen-year old Lenora Hope is the only one left standing, and while everyone assumes she is guilty, the police were never able to prove it. 54 years later, Lenora has never left the Hope family mansion where the murders occurred, and after her previous nurse fled in the middle of the night, Kit McDeere arrives to help care for Lenora. Lenora can only communicate by typing out sentences on an old typewriter, and one night she types for Kit: I want to tell you everything. But as Lenora tells her story and new details about her former nurse come to light, Kit suspects that Lenora is not telling the whole truth, and she may be far more dangerous than her harmless state makes her seem.
I am currently reading: Dead Eleven by Jimmy Juliano
I recommend to everyone: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
That was my favorite to read last year, and why: Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid because it’s about tennis, a sport I love, but also more than that. It’s about family, ambition, second chances, and allowing yourself to become a better person.
Whose author I would love to have lunch with: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Dead authors are allowed, right?)
That made me realize language had power: Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
I’d like to see adapted to the screen: The Secret History by Donna Tartt
That made me laugh out loud—or cry—while reading it: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson (It did both.)
With the best cover: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
With the best opening line: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
With a scene that haunts me to this day: The Stand by Stephen King (The Lincoln Tunnel scene!)